South Wales prepares to welcome the world's top field archers

August 29, 2008
by Peter Jones
The listing was posted by Archery GB

Over 250 archers from 29 countries will be decending on South Wales this weekend, to begin preparations for the FITA World Field Archery Championship, which gets underway on Monday.

After two and a half years of preparation, the moment of truth for the organisers has almost arrived, and six days of top class archery will begin with the Opening Ceremony at Ynysangharad Park on Monday lunchtime.

After all the ceremonies, the competition proper gets underway on Tuesday, at the Glyncornel Archery Centre, with the finals taking place on Friday and Saturday at the St Fagans Natural History Museum of Wales.

The championship has attracted an enormous interest in South Wales, and at both Ynysangharad Park, for the opening ceremony, and St Fagans, there are events organised around the archery, including the always popular 'have-a-goes'.

Local archery club Pentref Bowmen have been working closely with the local community in the build up to the event. Youngsters carrying the plate poles of each representative country won the honour to do so by winning inter-school archery competitions.

The local air cadets are looking after flag raising for the closing ceremony, the local Territorial Army have been extremely pro-active, and Rhondda Cynon Taf's event team have worked closely with the World Championship organisers to make sure it is more than just an archery tournament, but a local celebration.

Olympic archer Naomi Folkard will be among the255 competitors who have signed up to take part.