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.
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.