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Mike Brighton - Obituary

Mike Brighton
Mike has had a long career in archery and I can only remember parts of it, one thing I will always remember was, whether he was shooting Target or Field he would always be very smartly dressed.

Initially like most of us he started with target archery but it was not to long before he took to shooting field. He shot well in both disciplines, shooting for the County Target team on many occasions and also becoming an accomplished field archer as well holding a number of County Field records.

During the nineties Trish arranged an annual coach trip for thirty archers from all over the country to partake in the Five Nations Tournament in Vertus France, the Champagne region and you could guarantee he would always be one of the first to book his place. Mike then got well into the five nations circuit and started shooting some of the others in the series. Eventually he arranged for one of the series to be shot at Crawley's ground.

His skill in Field archery managed to get him onto the National Field Squad and he took part in the Training trip to Cadeer en Keer in Holland which was the site of the World Field Championships in 1992.

Mike also became interested in Coaching and soon worked his way up to County Coach level and later took on the role of Chair of the Invicta Coaching group, a post which he held for a number of years.

Getting more into the administration of our sport he then was elected as President of Kent Archery Association, a role which he took very seriously drafting many of our policies which are in place today. During his time in this office he set up the website for the County.

The next role he was elected to was the Vice President of Archery GB again a role which he enjoyed and occasionally stood in for Trish whilst in the role of President.

Mike was very proud to have an official role in the 2012 Olympics looking after all of the International and National Technical Officials at both the Test Event and the Olympics. Shortly after the end of the Olympics he said he felt there was one thing in archery he would have loved to have done but he realised it was too late. He wished he had taken up judging and become an International Judge as having worked with them at the aforementioned events he felt there was a real camaraderie between them which he would have loved to be part of.

Mike's contribution and dedication to Archery in Kent is difficult to sum up in these few words and our thoughts are with Jane and his family at this difficult time.

KAA Tournaments - 2014

Upcoming Events:
Indoor Championship Sunday, 09 November 2014 Tenterden Indoor Target Championship - Target List
Results so far:
County Invitation Sunday, 04 May 2014 Vigo RFC ground County Invitation - Results
Longbow Championship Sunday, 18 May 2014 Vigo RFC ground Longbow Championship - Results
WA Star Tournament Sunday, 22 June 2014 Vigo RFC ground WA Star Tournament - Results, WA Star Tournament - Match Report
Para-Archery Championship Saturday, 26 July 2014 Sittingbourne Community College Kent Para-Archery Festival & Championship - Results
Target Championship Sunday, 17 August 2014 Vigo RFC ground Kent Target Championship - Results (updated 02 September 2014)
Clout Championship Sunday, 14 September 2014 Ramsgate Kent Clout Championship - Results

Indoor County Match on 29 November 2014

An indoor county match against Essex, Middlesex & Surrey has now been confirmed for Saturday, 29 November 2014 at Sittingbourne Community College.

This is quite early in the indoor season, so it is more important than ever for anyone who wishes to be considered for team selection to ensure that their scores are submitted very promptly - the cut-off date for receiving scores in time for the selection meeting is Friday, 31 October 2014.

The team selection policy explains the requirements (page 4 is especially relevant); however, given the timescales involved it is strongly recommended that archers submit their own score returns, to make absolutely sure.

Please note that, as stated in the policy above, score returns must be sent to the county Records Officer, not to the County Captain, as it is the county Records Officer who chairs the Team Selection Panel. If you intend sending your score return by post, please either check with your club Records Officer for the correct address, or contact the County Records Officer by email first - this website does not contain or disclose private mailing addresses.

Kent Archery Association AGM

When the date of this year's AGM was discussed at last year's event, there was concern that the normal date (the 3rd. Sunday of November) might clash with a tournament; it has turned out that this will not in fact happen and so the KAA AGM will be held on its customary date, Sunday, 16 November 2014 at Medway Archers' clubhouse.

Please therefore ignore the date shown in recent newsletters and accept our apologies for any confusion that might have been caused.

Official notification should now have been received by all Club Secretaries and Direct Members; if any Club Secretary or Direct Member has not receive their copy, please urgently contact the County Secretary.

If you have received a prefilled nomination form, but wish to nominate an alternative member for any post, please download and print the form below, then return to the County Secretary, as described in the notification letter.

You want to take up Archery?

If you haven't done archery before, or have only tried it in a "taster session" at school or on holiday, and now you want to do it for real, then follow these four easy steps:

  1. Take a look at the "New Members" section on our FAQ page;
  2. Read through our short Introduction to Finding a Club;
  3. Look for a convenient club using our Interactive Club Map;
  4. Use the contact details provided to contact the club direct for details of beginners' courses.

Remember don't buy any archery equipment until you have finished the beginners' course - use of basic equipment is included in the price of the beginners' course. Once you know that archery is for you, your new club will give advice and help you select the bow, arrows and other bits and pieces that will suit you and your budget.

If you are disabled or visually impaired, it is still likely that you will be able to shoot; some clubs are specialists in helping people with disabilities and a number of others have a lot of experience to call on - these are specially marked in the Interactive Club Map and Club List. However, please bear in mind that not all clubs will feel qualified to work with all types of disability, so please call them and discuss your particular needs and they will do everything they can to help.