EVESHAM’S Sally Gilder has returned home with a junior women’s team silver medal to her name following an impressive performance in Great Britain colours at the Youth Cup Second Leg in Moscow.
The 17-year-old Evesham Archery Club star was joined in the junior women’s team by 18-year-old Caitlin McCarthy of Stratford – who shoots for Royal Leamington Spa Archery Society – and the pair were thrilled to win medals as part of a British squad which claimed 12 overall as the juniors continued their fantastic form.
Following a demanding tournament, Great Britain took home eight team awards, consisting of two bronze, four silver and two gold medals. There were also four individual medals achieved including a compound junior men’s bronze for Jordan Mitchell and three Europa Cup medals.
The cup medals are awarded according to combined results from the first and second stages of the European Youth Championships – the first of which took place in Ljubljana in Slovenia in May.
The youth team range in age from 13 to 20 and compete in both the recurve and compound disciplines. They achieved success in numerous areas of the competition, with medals being won across age ranges and disciplines.
In the recurve category – which is the Olympic sport – the team won two medals.
The rapidly progressing team of Bradley Denny, Joe Ground and Jack Masefield beat a German side to win the recurve cadet men’s team gold medal, whilst the junior women’s team also put in a terrific performance as Gilder, Philippa Taylor and McCarthy clinched the silver after being defeated by a strong Russian team on home soil.
This is yet more success for Gilder, who took up archery in 2006 and was placed second in the national junior rankings in 2013.
The 2013 Junior Euronations and Commonwealth champion said: “It was an amazing experience to come back from my first international event with a medal!”
The compound team achieved a fantastic seven medals, with Mitchell beating Medina Adolfo of Mexico to win the individual compound junior men’s bronze medal. He was also a member of the successful compound junior men’s team – alongside James Howell and Thomas Taylor – who similarly took on Mexican competitors and won a well deserved gold medal.
There were also silver medals for the compound junior mixed team (Aalin George and Mitchell), the compound cadet women’s team (Kirsten George, Rebecca Lennon and Lucy Mason) and the compound cadet men’s team (James Howse, Samuel Jeram, James Passingham).
Aalin George, Daisy Clarke and Erin Prior made up the successful bronze medal-winning compound junior women’s team, while the compound cadet mixed team of Kirsten George and Howse won a bronze medal against Estonia.
As well as the team efforts, there were further individual successes for Denny, Mitchell and Aalin George, who each won a Europa medal for results from their performances in both Slovenia and Russia.
Denny took home the silver cadet recurve medal, while Mitchell achieved the bronze junior compound medal and Aalin George the women’s bronze junior compound medal.
Sara Symington, Performance Director of Archery GB, said: “We knew that we had selected a very talented team for this tournament and they have gone on to exceed our expectations!
“The team have learnt from and continued their recent success at the European Outdoor Youth Championships in Ljubljana, from where they took home four medals.
“Our numerous team medals show that the archers have really bonded and are working well together as groups. There were also outstanding performances from Bradley Denny, Jordan Mitchell and Aalin George and we look forward to seeing what these young archers can achieve in the future.”