Academies Cup 2014
Yorkshire archers took three medals at the Archery GB Academies Cup event at Lilleshall on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of August 2014.
Joe Fairburn took bronze in the Cub category (13 and under) shooting against Lewis Slater, also of Yorkshire, and moving from 4-0 down to level at 5-5 before sealing the win on a one-arrow shoot-off.
Jessie Slater took the Junior Ladies bronze shooting at 70m.
Blain Nicholson took the Junior Gents bronze at 70m against Harrison Waterworth of Wales who had led ahead of recent silver medallist in Korea Tom Howse after the ranking round. It was a tough match going to 5-5 with Blain taking the win on a one-arrow shoot-off ending a real nail-biting match.
The Northern Academy athletes had Kukri shirts especially for the occasion and led out the parade of competitors for the opening ceremony under a Yorkshire flag, representing the location of the Northern Academy.
Photos and captions by Kath Fitzpatrick.
Leading out the Parade of Competitors to the English anthem Jerusalem:
A great start to the event! Always nice to see the Yorkshire flag flying:
Northern Academy showing off their new shirts:
Northern Academy athletes and coaches in the opening ceremony:
Spirit of the games:
Kitty Brown and Catherine Dales of the Northern Academy in action:
Lewis Slater in his quarter final match:
Tom Mowforth showing excellent form:
Our lovely Northern parents who supported loudly and proudly!
Lewis Slater after winning his place in the semi-finals:
Jessie Slater preparing for her match for the bronze and Blain Nicholson getting ready for his match against Harrison Waterworth which led to his bronze medal:
Joe Fairburn during his bronze medal match against Lewis Slater - quick tactical talk with his coach Kath:
Joe in action in the head-to-head:
Blain in action in his Bronze medal winning match:
Anxious moments - the gang waits for the result of Blain's one-arrow shoot off:
Blain Nicholson receiving his bronze medal:
Jessie Slater receiving her bronze medal:
Dan Thompson of Cheshire receiving his silver medal and Joe Fairburn of Yorkshire receiving his bronze medal:
The entire English, Welsh and Scottish academies competitors and coaches:
Northern Steel - team Northern Academy!
Team Northern Steel - "we donít bend, we donít break and we donít rust if we are out in the rain!"
Northern Academy archers and coaches:
Northern Academy athletes and coaches - left to right:
Joe Fairburn (YAA), Charlotte Burgess - Performance Coach, Dan Thompson (Cheshire), Tom Mowforth (YAA), Lewis Slater (YAA), Blain Nicholson (YAA), Amy Gott (Lincs), Jessie Slater (YAA), Kitty Brown (DNAA), Catherine Dales (YAA), Kath Fitzpatrick - Lead Performance Coach