ARCHERY: ARCHER Naomi Folkard landed the Ladies’ Recurve Archery GB National Series title for the third time in Birmingham on Sunday.
The Leamington-based shooter took part in a six-day competition throughout the summer which ended in a head-to-head knock out event for the leading eight archers.
Held at Eastside City Park, points were awarded to each archer for their best finishing position in any three of the six opening rounds.
Folkard faced an uphill battle in the tournament before an arrow had even been pulled though as coaching and international commitments meant the 34-year-old could only compete in two of the six rounds.
Despite this, she still finished fifth in the rankings to earn a place in Sunday’s final.
Team GB team mate Bryony Pitman was Folkard’s first competitor.
The fourth-placed qualifier took the game to a tie-break following a deadlock third set. But Folkard held her nerve to edge past the first round, winning the fourth set 7-1.
A semi final clash against Sarah Bettles was completed in three sets (6-0) to Folkard before Jaspreet Sagoo provided the opposition in the grand final.
Folkard again took the honours with a 6-0 win while Bettles finished took bronze.
The success followed up Folkard’s silver medal finish at the World Games in July.
Her win in Birmingham also followed a call-up to represent Team GB at the World Championships in Mexico City next month.