Patricia Comber MBE

It is with sadness we announce the death of Patricia (Pat) Comber MBE, peacefully in her sleep on Thursday 23rd November 2023.

Pat joined what was to become Wellingborough Open Archery Club in 1965 and since then been heavily involved in the sport of archery at both county and regional levels. In 2008, she and Eric Jackson, were the founders of Pemberton Maid Marion archery club, where they became heavily involved in the provision of archery to disabled and disadvantaged juniors at Pemberton in the following years. This aspect of the sport was a passion of Pat’s.

Pat never married and lived with her sister in Wellingborough. Awarded the MBE in 2000 she was a county coach and at one time also a judge, freely giving her time and advice in these areas of our sport. Having contributed such an enormous amount of her life and energy to archery, she will be greatly missed.

The funeral of Pat Comber will be held at Wellingborough Crematorium at 12.00.noon on Wednesday 13th December with a wake at the Stags Head, Great Doddington afterwards. The family have asked for family flowers only and dress is smart casual or archery club colours for any archers attending.

Deb Wright scores Bronze

IBSA Games 2023 3rd place for me ranked 3rd in the world. TeamGB won 2 Gold 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in Archery during this event.

Really pleased to have been part of TeamGB in these games, the first time archery has been included.

Held ever 4 years all over the world, next in 2027 location not yet disclosed.

Many thanks Debs

Bob Kaminski

It is with sadness we announce Bob Kaminski passed away last wednesday 21st December 2022.

He was known as a club archer, committee member, county archer, coach, fixer/repairer/bow tuner and friend.

He was always known to be friendly and helpful and would offer assistance to all.

Hazel Davies

It is with sadness that I have to announce of the passing of Hazel Davies a loved member of our archery club family and our thoughts are very much with Owen and the family at this sad time.


Paul Sharpe

WOAC Chair

Deb Wright – Outdoor Title Defended

Deb Wright – Outdoor Title Defended

I am pleased to let you know that I successfully defended both of my outdoor titles in September at Lilleshall and broke my personal bests and Own National records.

On Saturday 10th September both Myself and Caroline Malcolmson from WOAC Wellingborough Open Archery club, attended the National Disabled Championships. We both got our rankings in the morning and shot our head-to-head matches in the afternoon.

Caroline won Silver in her category of Womens Compound and I won Gold in my category of VI Unclassified Recurve (also known as VI Open category).

On Sunday 11th September British Blind Sport held their National Outdoor Championships, we had a delayed start due to very heavy fog, when we first got on the field you could only just see the targets at 30 metres. For range safety, we had to wait an hour for the fog to lift sufficiently so the judges and spotters could see the overshoot area.

I have defended my National Outdoor title successfully with British Blind Sport since 2015, when I obtained this title within my first 7 months of becoming certified as a competent Archer following my beginners course.

I also attended the NCAS County & Open Championships the weekend after on Sunday 18th September where I was presented with a gold medal for the VI Open category. I broke my own national record and personal best from the weekend before.

I have made it my mission this year to continually improve and beat my own personal bests, county, regional and national records and have improved on almost every shot I have attended during this year’s outdoor season.

I have been awarded part funding from the Worshipful Company of Fletchers to attend the British Blind Sport coaching session at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in January and March 2023 and am very grateful to have the continued support of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers to enable me to do this.

I am looking forward to the up coming Indoor season and beating by own personal bests. Development of my archery and continual improvement is so rewarding for me, it helps my mental health a great deal and gives me the drive and determination to tackle all head on.

Deb Wright


Remembering Christine Marshall

Following on sadly from John’s news, that means for many of us we have lost our friend who battled illness on her terms and bravely also decided when to stop on her terms.

Whilst we are heartbroken at what this means to us and the club we are mostly holding in our hearts all of her family but, as they are also an important part of our club family, in particular we think of John, Karen and Darren who we will be here for when they need us.

Whilst I appreciate that not everyone has had the chance to meet and know her, for many of us she has been a friend, valued committee member and club and county squad member.
I invite you all to fill the page with photos and memories of her so that those who didn’t meet her can now have a chance to know her.

A tribute page has been setup and streaming of the funeral will be held at 1pm on the 24th March 2021. Please share any photos and/or stories either on the facebook page or on the tribute site.

ArcheryGB – Improve your game

For more details see here :

2020 is going to be a massive year for every Olympic and Paralympic sport, however, we want all of our members to feel the benefits of the Games. That is why we are introducing a campaign called Improve Your Game.

Improve Your Game is a series of informative articles, blogs, and videos. They will be created by archers, for archers. It is aimed at all levels of archers who want to improve, learn or develop within our wonderful sport. We will be covering as many topics as possible across the year.

Every Monday we will release content to help as many of you as possible with the different topics. Throughout the year, we will cover topics for recurve, compound, barebow, and longbow, target, 3D, clout and field, with p ara and able-bodied elements. We will also be incorporating elements of strength and conditioning to help guide with that side of the sport, which can sometimes be overlooked.

These articles, blogs, and videos will be available to everyone via our website and social media channels, and also in Archery UK.

If you would like to help us and fellow Archery GB members with writing an article, please get in touch with Sophie Meering on and let us know what you would like to write about!

New world records for Barebows

Barebow archers will be able to claim world records at indoor and outdoor competitions from 15 January 2020 when the new rulebook comes into effect. The changes required to add the 44 records for barebows were approved at World Archery Congress in June.

The following records can be claimed by individuals in cadet, junior, senior and master age groups.

  • Outdoor ranking round (72 arrows at 50 metres)
  • Double outdoor ranking round (144 arrows at 50 metres)
  • Indoor 18-metre ranking round (60 arrows at 18 metres)
  • Indoor 25-metre ranking round (60 arrows at 25 metres)

The following records can be claimed by national teams in cadet, junior, senior and master age groups. (There must be a minimum of three national teams at a tournament for the record to be ratified.)

  • Team outdoor ranking round (216 arrows at 50 metres)
  • Mixed team ranking round (144 arrows at 50 metres)


More information here :