Namoi Valley Archers sent a 23 person team to the 2011 World Bowhunter Championships held in Wagga Wagga scoring an incredible 4 World Titles , 3 silver and 2 bronze medals in a wonderful team performance.
The tournament was held over 4 days, consisting of two 3D and two paper targets rounds and competitors faced four very difficult courses with designers making clever use of the terrain.
Wade Hudson was crowned World champion in the Bowhunter Compound division after recording a superb 78 point win.
Ken Thompson claimed the World title in Freestyle Recurve with a gutsy performance over the four rounds to edge out Jan Van Dijck from the
Shane Thompson, competing in his second World Championship event in 12 months, added to the family celebrations by grabbing the World title in Junior Freestyle Recurve with the foundation of the win built on 2 top class paper target rounds.
Sophie Donovan made it four World titles for the Gunnedah club taking out the Cub Freestyle Limited event with a very consistent display of archery over the four day tournament.
Denise Stevenson grabbed a silver medal in Freestyle Limited turning in top class display over the four rounds, a very well deserved reward for hours spent at the practice butts.
Phillip Greenwood also won a silver medal in Veterans Bowhunter Recurve with a determined performance across four tough rounds.
Stacey Scott turned in her best ever performance to score a wonderful silver medal in Cub Girls Compound. Scott thrived on the pressure of the big occasion improving each day the tournament progressed finishing second by just one from the third placed competitor in a superb display.
Junior, Lachlan Scott, won the bronze medal in Freestyle Unlimited after an incredible three way contest with the event won by Quirin Knaack from
Jarrod Stubbs rounded out the medal tally with a wonderful bronze medal in Junior Bowhunter Compound. Stubbs was not even expected to compete in the event after an accident left him on crutches, the bronze medal a wonderful testimony to his desire to get onto the range for such a big event.
Mens Bowhunter Compound – Wade Hudson -1
Womens Bowhunter Compound – Wendi Murrell -6, Karen Hudson 7, Ann Stubbs 15, Amy Stubbs 18
Mens Freestyle Recurve – Ken Thompson -1
Mens Freestyle Unlimited – Bernie Hayne 29, Greg Donovan 44
Mens Bowhunter Unlimited – Greg Scott 29
Mens Bowhunter Limited – Nathan Murrell – 19
Mens Bowhunter Recurve – Darrell Hudson -5, Peter Stubbs – 17
Womens Freestyle Limited – Denise Stevenson – 2
Historical Longbow – Mark Stevenson – 6
Veterans Bowhunter Recurve – Phillip Greenwood – 2
Junior Boys Freestyle Unlimited –
Junior Boys Bowhunter Compound – Jarrod Stubbs – 3
Junior Boys Freestyle Recurve – Shane Thompson – 1
Cub Girls Freestyle Limited – Sophie Donovan -1
Cub Girls Compound – Stacey Scott – 2, Haylee Murrell - 4