World's best archers aim for Mount Stewart glory
One of Northern Ireland's largest archery clubs will welcome over 130 of the world's best archers to the National Trust's Mount Stewart Estate for the 2019 All British Senior and Junior Field Archery Championships tomorrow and Sunday.
The Newtownards-based Lough Cuan Bowmen, in association with Archery GB and The National Trust, will host the UK's largest annual field archery event.
It has attracted competitors from across the globe, who will compete for the prestigious British Championship.
The All British Senior and Junior Field Archery Championship is open to World Archery members, with shooting commencing at 10.30am tomorrow and 10am on Sunday.
Athletes will shoot for British Championship success across Archery GB-recognised categories of Recurve, Barebow, Traditional, Compound Barebow, Compound Limited, Compound Unlimited, American Flatbow and Longbow.
Speaking about hosting the competitions, Michael Ferguson, chair of Lough Cuan Bowmen, said: "We are delighted to be hosting the prestigious 2019 All British Senior and Junior Field Archery Championships at the picturesque and historic Mount Stewart Estate.
"We have over 130 archers confirmed from across the globe and the club has worked closely with Archery GB to design two mixed terrain courses across the National Trust property that will challenge the world's best archers.
"We expect British records to be broken as the competitive field competes for British titles across a range of categories, and anyone that comes along will get the chance to see a weekend of world-class field archery."
Field archery is shot over mixed terrain, including up, down and cross-slopes, unmarked distance targets and the challenge of light, dark and shadow. Archers shoot at black and yellow coloured target faces of different sizes which are set at distances from 5m up to 60m.
The targets have six concentric rings, four black and two gold. The inner gold ring is worth six points, outer gold ring five points and the black rings four to one point.
Lough Cuan Bowmen is based in Newtownards and was founded in 1986 to promote archery as a competitive and recreational sport. It has over 70 active members, with archers holding titles at local, national and World Championship level.