National County Team Championships 2017

The Team for the National County Team Championships 2017 has been made.  Score submission has been thin on the ground for this event, however in order to provide a full complement of teams for both genders the Committee have followed Appendix F of the DNAA constitution and co-opted members to complete the teams.

The teams are as follows: –

Ladies Recurve – 

Kate Dunninghan, Cleadon Archers

Louise Arkwright, Norton Archers

Heather Flint, Newcastle University Archery Club

Reserve – Angela Smurthwaite, Aycliffe Archers

Gents Recurve – 

Alex Wise, Bowmen of Walker

Cameron Donaldson, Cleadon Archers

Morgan Donaldson, Cleadon Archers

Ladies Longbow – 

Lynn Young, Riverside Archery Club

Catherine Hall, Riverside Archery Club

Niamh Chalmers, Norton Archers

Gents Longbow – 

Brian Shearer, Riverside Archers

Dave McCullough, Norton Archers

John Hunton, Durham City Archers

Ladies Compound – 

Lizzie Foster, Durham University Archery Club

Julie Ryan, Archery GB

Becc Keith, Aycliffe Archers

Reserve – Jane Reith, Bowmen of Walker

Gents Compound – 

Greame Thorn, Bowmen of Walker

Tony Reith, Bowmen of Walker

Anthony Tate, Bowmen of Walker

 Reserve – George McMillan, Norton Archers

Good Luck to you all.

Event Updates

Gosforth Arrows Tournament 2nd July has been Cancelled

Carpathia shoot on 8 and 9 July has been postponed, plan to shoot in september

Heugh Amalgamation Results- Here

Pentangle update

The tournament committee who are organising the Pentangle this year, would like to offer an  apology for the lack of communication, by offering free spaces in the Pentangle portion of the Penniecuik Challenge to any DNAA Archer wishing to participate.

The DNAA Committee would like archers to be able to take advantage of this offer.  Should there be enough entrants from our county to constitute a team, we must stress that you are taking part as a member of your club and not as a DNAA Team member and will not be eligible to win any of the Pentangle trophies.  No expenses will be reimbursed.

NCAS Coaching Conference 2017

Hosted by DNAA, the NCAS Coaching Conference took place this year, on Sunday 23rd of April at Chester-le-Street, County Durham. A total of 43 coaches from around the region came to hear presentations from David Harrison, County Coach and National Judge on ‘Coaching for Tournament Conditions’, Helen George, Senior Coach and Member of World Archery Para Committee, on the new ‘World Archery Excellence Centre in Lausanne’. Carol Byde, RCO and Senior Coach, started proceedings off.

The last time DNAA hosted the NCAS Coaching Conference, we were fortunate to get Lloyd Brown as our guest speaker. This year it was with great pleasure that our main Presenter for the day was introduced, Richard Priestman, Senior Olympic Coach.


Richard’s presentations covered the following;

‘What It Takes To Win’ (WITTW)’. This covered both Richard’s and Archery GB’s Coaching style and philosophy.

Some of Richard’s experiences, coaching overseas as a professional coach, in several different countries, gave the coaches an insight into what it is like to work in other countries.

The session on Techniques, including the importance of strength, fitness, lifestyle and mental aspects was so well put and demonstrated by Richard, that the coaches present were enthralled. Richard’s explanations were so clearly put and were backed up by a selection of photographs, which confirmed the points he was making. Richard showed how important it is for coaches, not only to fully understand good coaching techniques, but to be able to pass them on to their individual archers.

His Bow Training Session, once again was so clear and enabled the Coaches to understand the importance of Bow Training. He demonstrated using a bow, bands and several different devices.

This session helped coaches to see that there are so many methods, that their archers’ can use, for example, when they are on holiday and unable to shoot. It helps them to maintain archery fitness levels.


The information passed on to the Coaches by Richard was great and very much appreciated by everyone present. His style of presenting made it so easy to understand and his ability to answer a wide variety of questions was wonderful. Knowing how busy Richard is, it was great he was able to attend the Conference.

It’s not often that coaches have the opportunity to talk with someone with the experience Richard has, not only as a coach but as an international and Olympian archer. The regular refreshment breaks allowed the coaches to chat to him which he was very happy to do.


Carpathia WRS Tournament hosted by Bowmen of Walke

The Bowmen of Walker invite you to the Carpathia WRS Tournament on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2017.

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Day 1: Saturday 8th July 2017

Rounds: World Record Status Double WA 720 70m and 60m, 50m (Compound)

All compound archers will shoot the 50m round, all other bow types will shoot the 70m round or the 60m Cadet round.

Day 2: Sunday 9th July 2017 Continue reading “Carpathia WRS Tournament hosted by Bowmen of Walke”