Witham Hall’s Matilda Craven enjoys fantastic Archery success!

14 Sep 2015

At the end of last year Matilda Craven, who attends Witham Hall School, was confirmed to be the youngest archer to be awarded the Junior Master Bowman award by Archery GB.  This is gained by achieving three Junior Master Bowman scores at three different UK or World record status shoots.  Matilda was eight years and 147 days old and had only been shooting for six months when she gained this award!

During this Summer Matilda, aged 9, competed in the Lincolnshire County Archery Championship and came first in the U16 Junior Girls Compound Archery competition.  She shot really well and scored 952 out of a possible 972, 14 points more than her previous best score for this type of competition, with a total of 98 'golds' (bullseye) out of 108 arrows.

In July, Matilda competed in the Under 12 Metric National Championship at Lilleshall, near Coventry.  Shooting started at 8.30am and didn't finish until 6.30pm - an incredibly long day!  She managed to gain a few points lead during the morning's shooting at the longer distance of 30metres, which is her favourite distance. During the afternoon, arrow by arrow she managed to secure her victory with a 6 point lead.  The maximum score for one arrow that hits the centre is 10 points, going down by one point for every section out from this, so this was a very close competition.  Matilda's final score was 1341, out of a total 1440.  She had 126 arrows out of 144 in the 'gold' and of that 23 were on the X in the centre of the target.

Matilda is a member of North End Archers and shoots 3 times a week.  She has just started training for the indoor archery season and is hoping to compete in the Lincolnshire County Championships and the Junior Indoor National Championships in December.