GRANTHAM’S Simon Terry is an Archery GB National Series Grand Final champion for the third year running.
Simon, 37, underlined his ranking as Britain’s number one when he completed his hat trick of titles with victory in the men’s recurve final against 19-year-old Andrew Randall at Speke Hall in Liverpool on Sunday.
But the two time Olympian and British number one – who is working towards being part of Team GB at next year’s London Olympics – had to pull out all the stops to see off the challenge of the young pretender.
Even when Simon took a 4-0 lead by winning the first two sets, Randall remained undaunted, and fought back to level the match. But the double Olympic bronze medalist at Barcelona in 1992 kept his nerve, to complete a hard fought victory.
Simon is not just the only archer to win three National Series titles, he is the only man to have won the men’s recurve championship. The National Series was launched in 2009, and Simon has proved himself formidable.
Simon said: “It won’t surprise you to learn that I love the National Series. It was designed to sharpen the performances of British archers at international competitions, and it’s proved an invaluable part of our season, and the Grand Final is always a fantastic occasion, with good crowds and a great atmosphere.
“This year was no different, and another big plus of the National Series is that it gives young archers, such as Andrew, the opportunity to showcase their potential against internationals like me. He almost showcased too much potential, and gave me a really tough match in the final, which is to his credit.
“But I came here to win the title, and I’m delighted to win this championship for the third year running.”