Former Olympic archery bronze medalist Simon Terry – aka The Silver Fox – will be one of eight archers lining up in the men's recurve tournament at the Archery World Cup Final being staged in Edinburgh on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September; the the biggest, most important archery competition ever to be staged in the UK.
Terry is one of six British archers competing in the recurve and compound disciplines for World Cup Final Gold and the share of the total $144,000 prize money. But when squaring up to the best in the World in East Princes Street Gardens he will be within 30 miles of where he was born 36 years ago.
“I was born in Stirling, where I lived for the first eight years of my life,” said Simon. “My mother is a very proud Scot, while my dad is a Cockney, from London. I first took up archery while I lived in Stirling, but the great love of my life in those days was water-skiing. We then moved, as a family, to Sleaford, in Lincolnshire, and that was the point where archery became my number one sport.”
Indeed, such was the progress Terry made as an archer, that at 18 he won two bronze medals in the archery tournament at the Barcelona Olympics. Then he drifted away from the sport.
“I suppose I just achieved too much too quickly, and wanted to try other things,” he said. “But about six years ago I bumped into a friend who was heading off to the local archery club, and it got me thinking. I found my old bow, dusted down some arrows, and once I started shooting again that enthusiasm took a hold.”
Since then, Terry has re-established himself as a world class archer – indeed, he is currently eighth in the world rankings – and has won gold, silver and bronze medals at international tournaments all over the world. He was also part of the GB team at the Beijing Olympics.
Now he is looking forward to returning to Scotland and the World Cup Grand Final in Edinburgh.
“Last year I was a silver medal winner at the Grand Final in Copenhagen, so it would be lovely to win gold in Edinburgh, not too far from where I was born. There's definitely a sense of 'coming home' about taking part in a major tournament in Edinburgh. It's a lovely city, Scotland is close to my heart, and winning there would be fantastic.”
The event will be free for spectators, with a small charge (£5) 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.
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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.
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 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 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.
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