Youth Festival Day One

First day of the youth festival saw an amazing introduction for the U21 squad.  The morning was taken up with the qualification round (a standard 720). We were represented with outstanding performances in the recurve U21 women by Mirran Yule in 4th place and Victoria Otterson in 7th. The U21 Mens recurve was evenly matched with a friendly tit for tat with Luke Wheeler taking 6th place and Cameron Radigan taking 7th.


Without doubt the U18’s was the toughest category this year, but Scotland was well represented. In the under U18’s women Lucy Coutts qualified in 8th place, with first time attendees Kristin Ward, Zoe Moore and Eleanor MacDonald placing 26th , 27th  & 30th  respectively. In the U18’s Mens Shay Boyd ranked 4th with Artur Pacut ranking 11th in his first youth festival.


The youth compound field was mixed this year so there was no differentiation between Cub, Cadet and Junior. This made it more intimidating for our younger archers Carin Boyd (12) and Olivia Kendal (14) who ranked 6th and 13th respectively in their qualification rounds. Then we have Keith Radigan who has attended several youth festivals, but this is the first he has competed in. Despite his bow having a major fault on the practice day he continued with his backup bow to be ranked 4th in qualification.


The remainder of the day was taken up with practice team round robins to prepare the archers for the following 4 days of head to heads.

All archers preformed well above expected levels and conducted themselves in a professional and understated manner that you could expected from our rising stars.


Tomorrow the real work starts with the mixed team on full team head to heads. These teams have been chosen based on the qualification rounds.


We also have the international mixed teams head-to-head where we have a full team of Junior/ Cadet recurve and compound competing in international competition. Our archers are also competing for Northern Ireland and Wales (Victoria Otterson for Wales and Kathleen Morgan for Northern Ireland) to assist our adjoining nations to form complete teams and we have been joined by Molly Jones of Wales to create a junior compound team.


Tomorrow is set to be an immense day with inevitable highs and lows. But all the squad are performing to the best of their ability and representing Scotland proudly.


Check in tomorrow


Richard Radigan

U21 Scottish Team Manager


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