Archery GB Youth Festival 2021 (Day 5)
The individual finals took place today with Cameron Radigan and Mirran Yule putting up a great fight in their bronze medal matches but both left the field in a respectable fourth place. It is not always about winning medals but the journey itself. Every archer who competed in the youth festival left it all out on the field, everyone gave their best and everyone exceeded expectations.
The youth festival is about preparing these young archers for the world stage. It is not only the competition format, the friendships that are made, the presence of the media and interviews. This event is for the novice, the intermediate and the expert alike. In the Scotland Team we had two disabled archers, two archers shooting in their first festival and some experienced archers. Finlay Clark used this competition to prepare himself for his first international match for Team GB in the Youth World Championships in Poland in August, we wish him all the best.
I know I said medals did not matter, but it is nice when you win them……
Youth Festival Medal Count
Cameron Radigan & Mirran Yule – Gold Medal (Recurve Junior Mixed Team)
Shay Boyd & Lucy Coutts – Silver Medal (Recurve Cadet Mixed Team)
Finlay Clark & Layla Annison – Silver Medal (Compound Youth Mixed Team)
Commonwealth Youth Championships
Finlay Clark – Gold Medal (Compound Cadet Men)
Lucy Coutts – Silver Medal (Recurve Cadet Women)
Shay Boyd – Bronze Medal (Recurve Cadet Men)
Youth Festival Finals
Cameron Radigan – Gold Medal (Recurve Junior Mixed Team)
Mirran Yule & Cameron Radigan - Gold Medal (Recurve Junior Team)
Heather Hughes – Bronze medal (Recurve Junior Team)
Johnathan Ralston – Bronze medal (Recurve Cadet Mens Team)
It has been my honour and privilege to work with all these dedicated professional athletes. I have watched them compete, win and lose together. I have seen them laugh and seen them cry. I have seen them get knocked down but every time they got up stronger and more determined. But best of all they did all this as a team, they were there for each other through the good and the bad, through the highs and the lows. This is the memory that I will take away from this competition these athletes embodied what it takes to be Team Scotland.
These archers will take a short break and then get into training for their next competitions. I would like to thank all the clubs and local authorities that make their facilities available for these young athletes to train. Without this support these young athletes would not be able to fulfil their potential.