The indoor shoot inside the Jaguar Hall will feature the 2013 Junior National Indoor Championships, the Back to Back Championships and the National Combined Indoor Championships – organised by Archery GB – which will be staged from 9.30am over Saturday, December, 7 and Sunday, December 8 and spectators can go along for free.
Naomi will be travelling from her home in nearby Leamington to compete in the Back to Back Championships along with fellow Warwickshire archer Adam Ravenscroft and the UK’s No. 1 ranked archer Andrea Gales as well as shooting in the National Combined Indoor Championships.
Places have been full since October for the Junior National Indoor Championships with over 350 archers travelling from all over the UK to be involved.
2012 champions Bradley Denny (Junior Gents Recurve), Sophie Brown (Junior Ladies Compound), Peter Holyland (Junior Gents Longbow) and Isabel Henry (Junior Ladies Longbow) will be aiming to defend their titles.
Last year’s champions Rebecca Martin (Junior and Senior Lady Recurve), Stuart Barby (Gents Recurve), Rikki Bingham (Ladies Compound) and Steven Gamble (Gents Longbow) will also be competing again this year.
Archery GB is returning to the Ricoh Arena after a successful 2012 tournament, National Tournaments Chairman Tim Pratt explained: “There are three competitions being held over the weekend which promise to display the highest quality of archery in the UK.
“We have archers coming to the Ricoh Arena from all parts of the UK for all four main bow styles and the championships filled up really quickly.
“We have invested in further lighting for the Jaguar Hall to complement the lights which are already there so spectators will be able to see the action even clearer.
“Archery is a sport which is continuing its popularity post-Olympics and Archery GB has seen membership numbers rise over the last couple of months.”
Chris Owen, senior events manager at the Ricoh Arena, said it was great to see the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games by the large numbers of junior and senior players involved in the different competitions.
He said: “The aim of the tournaments is for the players however young or old, to enjoy the competition – and that was certainly the case last year.
“It will be great to welcome local archer Naomi Folkard back to the Ricoh Arena hot-on-the-heels of her success in the World Archery Indoor event when she won a gold medal in the recurve category.
“The Ricoh Arena is developing a reputation as a first-class venue among organisers of top sporting events because of our facilities and we are looking forward to staging the championships again.”