FORMER Grantham Archer Simon Terry had a golden start to the new international season.
Thirty-six-year-old Simon was a member of the Great Britain men’s recurve trio that won the gold medal at the European Grand Prix in Antalya, Turkey, at the weekend.
With team-mates Larry Godfrey and Alan Wills, Simon clinched his first gold medal of the year when the GB team beat Italy 222-219 in the final of the tournament. In a tense final, Italy led by one point after the first end, but the GB trio fought back to lead by two points at the halfway stage.
It was all square at 165-165 with one end to go and then Simon, Larry and Alan scored four 10s from six arrows to clinch victory by three points.
The win gave the GB team a big boost ahead of a massive 15 months, with the World Championships coming up in Turin in July, and all roads leading to London 2012.
Simon said: “It’s fantastic, and we all head home on a real high. It’s the perfect start to the season for us, and we were shooting great all week, both individually and as a team. The Italians had a very strong line-up, and to beat them is a big boost, but we all know that we are capable of beating anyone on our day.”
Simon is working towards representing Britain in his third Olympic Games next year. He won two bronze medals as an 18-year-old at the Barcelona Games in 1992 and after a 10-year break from the sport, returned to represent Britain in Beijing three years ago.