Six GB Archers to Compete at Edinburgh Archery World Cup Final – 18 & 19 September

A total of six British archers will compete against the world's best at the Archery World Cup Final, being staged in Edinburgh's iconic East Princes Street Gardens from 18 to 19 September 2010.

After winning a gold medal at the final World Cup tournament in Shanghai (31 August – 4 September) Nicky Hunt qualified automatically for the women's compound event in Edinburgh in top spot overall. Simon Terry (The Silver Fox) also secured his place in the World Cup FInal by virtue of finishing among the seven best performers in the Olympic discipline of recurve during the four qualifying events of the World Cup season.

For both archers it will be their second successive appearance at the World Cup Final. Last year in Copenhagen, Terry was a silver medalist in the men's recurve, while Hunt took fourth place in women's compound.

As host nation of the prestigious World Cup Final, where the top 32 archers will compete head to head, Great Britain also have one male and one female wild card in each discipline in addition to those who have automatically qualified by their World Cup ranking.  

Judged on their performances at World Cup events this year, GB archers Alan Wills and Naomi Folkard (in recurve) and Andrea Gales and Chris White (in compound) have been handed the opportunity to shoot on home soil for World Cup gold and a share of prize money totaling $144,000.  
 
For Wills, it will be a second appearance at a World Cup Final – he was a bronze medalist in Dubai three years ago. He was also part of the GB team at the Beijing Olymipics, as was Folkard, who will be making her World Cup Final debut. Gales and White will also be World Cup Final first timers.
 
In each discipline the best mixed teams of the World Cup season will also go to Edinburgh to shoot against the hosts Great Britain. In recurve, team USA composed of Brady Ellison and Jennifer Nichols will compete against Simon Terry and Naomi Folkard. In the compound, team Mexico, who finally won the place by claiming the gold medal in Shanghai, represented by Hafid Jaime and Linda Ochoa, will compete against Chris White and Nicky Hunt.

Rebecca Edser, Events Consultant for UK Sport, said: “UK Sport is committed to bringing world class sporting events to the UK ahead of 2012, in what we believe is the most comprehensive pre-Games events programme ever staged by an Olympic and Paralympic host nation. _ _

“The Archery World Cup Final in Edinburgh will provide an invaluable opportunity for British athletes to experience international competition on home soil in preparation for their home Olympics, as well as a chance to hone the skills of volunteers and officials.”

Thousands of spectators are expected to attend the biggest, most important archery competition ever to be staged in the UK.  This together with the potential of up to 250 million viewers watching the thrilling competition unfold via TV and internet the 2010 Archery World Cup Final is not only a fantastic demonstration of the sport in the UK, it will also showcase the city of Edinburgh and Scotland as the perfect destination for the world's biggest and best sporting events.

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It's going to be quite something to see East Princes Street Gardens transformed into an archery arena for this major sporting event and I'm sure the Archery World Cup will draw thousands of spectators, as well as being watched by many millions of viewers across the globe. Scotland's Capital has forged a reputation as a premier destination for top level international events, exemplified by the Super September of Sport we're now enjoying. Edinburgh's packed events calendar offers something for everyone, throughout the year, and its rich history, breathtaking beauty and excellent quality of life ensure that visitors return to the city again and again.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland commented, “Edinburgh will provide a spectacular venue for the Archery World Cup with the central and iconic location of East Princes Street Gardens creating a great atmosphere around the competition. EventScotland are delighted to be supporting this event and show everyone involved what a wonderful stage Scotland provides for world class events.”

The event will be free for spectators, with a small charge for reserved seating in the Grandstand.  At the event there will be a series of 'come and try' sessions organised by Scottish Archery and Archery GB.

In September the (FITA) Archery World Cup Final will join two other major international sporting events – the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships and the IFSC World Youth Championships for Climbing – In Edinburgh's Super September of Sport – and will welcome thousands of competitors and spectators to the city.

For more information on the Archery World Cup Final and a schedule for the event go to – http://www.archeryedinburgh.co.uk/   or:
FITA (international Archery Federation)- <http://www.archery.org/>;
Archery GB – <http://www.gnas.org/> ;
Scottish Archery -http://www.scottisharchery.org.uk/.

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Media Contact (and for media accreditation):
Paddy Cuthbert, Podge Publicity – T: 07968 699636 / E: paddy@podge.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

There will be 32 archers – eight in each division – lining up in Edinburgh, including the Italian duo Marco Galiazzo and Sergio Pagni, who are the defending champions in men's recurve and compound respectively.

Men's Recurve: Brady Ellison (USA), Im Dong Hyun (Korea), Kim Woojin (Korea), Marco Galiazzo (Italy), Michelle Frangilli (Italy), Simon Terry (Great Britain), Jayanta Talukdar (India), Alan Wills (Great Britain)
Women's Recurve: Yun Ok Hee (Korea), Ko Bo Bae (Korea), Justyna Mospinek (Poland), Victoriya Koval (Ukraine), Gou Faping (China), Elena Kuznetsova (Belarus), Deepika Kumari (India), Naomi Folkard (Great Britain)
Men's Compound: Braden Gellenthien (USA), Sergio Pagni (Italy),  Jorge Jimenez (El Salvador), Shaun Teasdale (New Zealand), Dietmer Trillis (Canada), Martin Damsbo (Denmark), Roger Willet jnr (USA), Chris White (Great Britain)
Women's Compound: Nicky Hunt (Great Britain), Ashley Wallace (Canada), Linda Ochoa (Mexico), Erika Anschutz (USA), Jamie Van Natta (USA), Sandrine Vandionant (France), Albina Loginova (Russia), Andrea Gales (Great Britain)

Archery World Cup Final – Edinburgh

Archery has been a permanent Olympic sport since the 1972 Olympic Games and FITA has held the World Championships since 1931.  The (FITA) Archery World Cup Final is the most prestigious event in the sport's annual calendar [second only to the World Championships] and the biggest, most important archery competition ever to be staged in the UK.  

The Archery World Cup Final is the culmination of four World Cup qualifying events (Porec, Croatia; Antalya, Turkey; Ogden, USA and Shanghai, China) when the best thirty-two archers in the World (top 16 men and 16 women) bring the skill and tension of knockout archery matches (two competitors going head to head) into the very heart of Scotland's capital city for two days of exciting competition.  

Archery

The Archery World Cup Final always takes place in an iconic venue.  Previous host venues have included the Mayapan Pyramids in Mexico, Furj Al Arab in Dubai and City Hall Square in Copenhagen.

Bow types / archery disciplines
A recurve bow,the Olympic discipline, looks much like a traditional bow except at the very ends the tips curve forward. Instead of looking like a perfect, very wide, shallow “D” it has little “S” type “recurves” at the tips. These tips transfer a little more power to the stored energy in the bow limbs.

A compound bow is designed to reduce the force required to hold the string at full draw and a great benefit when holding an arrow, waiting for just that perfect shot.  It has a series of off-round pulleys or cams at the ends of the bow limbs that stores energy in the string itself as well as the limbs. The cam or cams (in a double cam) create far more power then the same length limbs in a recurve bow. This system also gives the archer “let-off” the maximum pull.

Some compounds have as much as an 80% let-off. That means that if the bow is set at 50lb draw, it takes you 50lbs of strength to pull the bow string back to a point (about halfway) the cams kick in and at full draw it takes 10lbs (80% reduction of draw) of pull to hold the string back.

This a great benefit when holding an arrow, waiting for just that perfect shot

Arrows_
Arrows in the classic bow events can travel in excess of 150 miles per hour. They are made of either aluminium or carbon graphite. Aluminium arrows are more uniform in weight and shape, while graphite arrows fly faster.

The Competition
The World Cup Final is restricted to the 32 best archers in the world – the 8 top ranked men and 8 top ranked women over the season-long World Cup series in each of the two disciplines, compound and recurve.
It's a knockout format event with two archers going head to head, shooting a maximum of 15 arrows in 5 sets of three arrows at a target that is 70m (230ft) distant. Each archer shoots alternately with a maximum of 20 seconds allowed per arrow. Each arrow is scored 1-10 depending how close they are to the centre. The archer with the highest score goes to next round and in the event of a tie, there is a one arrow tie-breaker.

Partners of the ARCHERY WORLD CUP FINAL 2010 include:

City of Edinburgh Council
Edinburgh is a beautiful, dynamic, cosmopolitan city with a unique architectural heritage and a magnificent natural setting. It is host to many thousands of visitors who come here throughout the year to enjoy numerous cultural and sporting events such as the world famous Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh's Hogmanay and the Six Nations rugby matches. With around one million overseas visitors a year, Edinburgh is the UK's most visited tourist destination outside London. Edinburgh is one of the most attractive cities in the world, a fact recognized by UNESCO when conferring World Heritage Site status on the city's Old and New Towns. Edinburgh was recently voted number one in a list of British cities to 'see before you die'.

EventScotland is the national events agency.
 
EventScotland is working to make Scotland one of the world's leading event destinations. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland's international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.
 
For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org
 
UK Sport
UK Sport's World Class Events Programme distributes approximately £4 million of Lottery funding each year to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Events are supported primarily based on their likely performance impact, but the broader impacts of events are also examined, to maximise the wider sporting, social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits, as well as sporting performance and legacy. _ _Up to 60 events across 30 sports will be supported from 2010 until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These competitions will attract around 17,000 athletes and provide opportunities for over 10,000 officials and volunteers to gain international sporting experience and develop key skills ahead of London 2012. More @ www.uksport.gov.uk/events

Archery GB  – http://www.archerygb.org

The Scottish Archery Association  – http://www.scottisharchery.org.uk/

Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
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Email: paddy@podge.co.uk
Website: http://www.archeryedinburgh.co.uk/