During May 2016 I had the great privilege of attending the European Archery Championships market which took place in Nottingham city square. Whilst we were trading Sir Patrick Huston qualified for the Olympics in Rio, who has a world ranking of 39. During this event we were privileged to meet lots of world class archers from many country’s as well as many who had competed in the invictus games earlier in the year.
During the Championships there was a twitter group #TeamFlatCap in support of the British team, we all sported our flat caps where #EveryRoadtoRio was the saying of the weekend.
We had the pleasure of meeting LCpl Angelito Barbierato Currently a soldier in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, who won gold in the Archery Open Recurve and was part of the team with Chris Macfayden and Carl Tarry who won gold for the Team Open Recurve at 2016 Invictus games in Orlando Florida. Where the U.K. once again became the big winners of the games, taking home 131 medals (49 gold, 46 silver and 36 bronze).
Kieran Slater from Gloucester came to our stall and proudly showed off his silver medal and is placed at 89 in the world ranking.
I also had the pleasure of meeting up with Amy Oliver from Rotherham who started archery in 2001 and made her international debut in 2006 and is placed at 146 in the world ranking.
Hazel Chaisty from Glossop was part of the Paralympic team and was a great inspiration to one and all, won a team bronze medal at the European champion ship in 2014, team bronze at the Dutch Para tournament in 2015 and a team bronze at the European Championship in 2015.