by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

This year’s Youth Archery Championship almost didn’t happen. Mistress Roewynne Langley, who had organized it in the past, was busy as Marshal in Charge for the entire range this year, and it simply slipped through the cracks. While at the practice shoot for Archer Champions this year, Master Dafydd and I were told about this and volunteered to run it next year under the sponsorship of the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Both of us had the same idea almost simultaneously once we had agreed to that: why can’t we run it this year? Prizes had already been donated and there were lots of fun targets available to put together a range. So, with the help of several other Ealdormerian marshals and other volunteers, a 10-station shoot was set up Thursday morning, and at 10 am we welcomed the future Archer Champions of the Known World.

Young archers were grouped into three divisions by age: 8 and under, 9-12, and 13 and up. Twenty-two archers took to the field, where they faced a knight on horseback, monkeys, rats, bunnies, soldiers, a large bee, and the same target of Merida from the movie “Brave” that the adult Archer Champions had faced (but without the nasty negative points for hitting Merida.)

Winners of each division were presented with a bronze pin donated by Magistra Nicolaa. The overall winner received a bow donated by Viking Archery. A variety of other prizes were donated to the runners-up as well, and each entrant received a metal token donated by Magistra Nicolaa as well as a piece of chocolate.

Winners were:
8 and under division:
1. Liam of House Marchmount
2. Io (winner of the special Merida shoot for a “Brave” sticker book)
3. Little Liam

9-12 division:
1. Elenor de Cherbourg
2. Oz
3. Rene Peppin

13 and up division:
1. Robert MacEwin
2. Elizabeth Wilbur
3. Alexandra Krakensdottir

Two archers, Elenor de Cherbourg and Robert MacEwin, tied for the overall championship and had to go to a shootout. Robert won, making him the winner of the bow.

I would like to thank all of the marshals and others who turned out to help set up, marshal the line, and to guide the shooters through the ten stations. Special thanks also to those who donated prizes. Ealdormere will be sponsoring the shoot again next year and is already thinking up what themes, targets, and prizes we will have. Young archers are encouraged to work on their skills over the winter months and to meet back at Pennsic in a year’s time to once again compete with the other young people of the Known World for chocolate and glory.