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Archery team secures Falklands first gold medal in 24 years

Bill Chater, Kirsty Lewis, Mark Lewis

The team brought home the Falklands second gold medal from an Island Games.

Kirsty Lewis, Bill Chater, and Mark Lewis beat host island Guernsey 6-2 for first place in the Recurve Head to Head Team Knockout.

The team first beat Menorca 6-0, then had some unfinished business to settle with the Faroe Islands coming out on top 6-5. Up against Guernsey in the final, it was Island Games debutant Kirsty Lewis who led the team to the 6-2 victory.

As a small club with only half a dozen or so members, Falklands archers have an impressive medal tally from Island Games competitions. The Guernsey Games in 2013 was the first competition they entered and a bronze was won in a team event. Mark Lewis won silver at the 2015 Games in Jersey, and in the 2017 Gotland Games Bill Chater won a bronze in the Mixed Team Knockout.

Just the day before the gold in Guernsey, Bill won a silver in the Men’s Recurve Head to Head Knockout.

The Falklands has only ever won one gold medal at an Island Games before, when Graham Didlick won the Black Powder rifle event in Gotland, 1999.

Archery’s gold and silver medals, along with a silver form the Bowls Team, and a bronze from shooter Mark Dodd, placed the Falkland Islands 15 out of 24 in the Games Medal Table.

The full archery team of Bill Chater, Mark Lewis, Kirsty Lewis, and Javier Lazo.
All four archers sent to this year’s Games, left to right: Bill Chater, Mark Lewis, Kirsty Lewis, and Javier Lazo.
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