Ben Wong's winning score at the 2010 British Barebow Indoor Championships has earned him victory in the World Indoor Barebow Championships. His winning score in the British leg of the World Championships was the highest recorded from around the world for the junior boy's division.
Well done Ben!
Ben Wong's UK national record has now been ratified by ArcheryGB, the sport's UK national gorerning body. The record was broken at the Dorset & Wiltshire indoor county championships in February.
An ArcheryGB certificate to mark the record was presented to Ben at Mere Archers' Club night last Thursday. Ben now plans to frame the certificate and will display it at the Golden Valley Chinese Restaurant in Mere, his parents' business.
The presentation was observed by Aaron Cogan, ArcheryGB's Club Development Officer, saying after the event "It's amazing what Ben has achieved in such a short time. He only started in archery last summer and his achievements, and that of other Mere Archers, is testament to the quality of the coaching skills of Gloria Mead."
Mere Archers are now concentrating on the outdoor season and will be seen practicing at the Duchy Playing Fields in Mere every Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Mere Archers triumphed at the Dorset & Wiltshire County Indoor Championships in Salisbury on the weekend.
Gerald Farrell won the men's recurve division while Neil Sutton topped the table in the men's barebow division. Neil has been shooting for just 18 months and this was his first victory in a competition. "I'm over the moon to have won the County Championships" said Neil. "I've put a lot of effort in to my shooting since I started and this result has made that all worth while."
Another Mere winner was British Champion Ben Wong. He was the top junior barebow archer and in achieving this also broke a long standing British record by some margin.
Rebecca Fay came second in the women's barebow while her daughter, Evie, came fourth in the junior recurve.
So, not just Mere Archers after all!
Ben Wong became British Champion in November 2010 by winning the under 15 class of the British Barebow Indoor Championships.
Ben only started shooting in the summer of 2010 and has exceeded all expectations. Gloria Mead, the club coach, was delighted with Ben's acheivement, saying "Ben has done exceptionally well since he started with us. He has taken to archery like a duck to water. There are no limits to what he might acheive."