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Larry Godfrey

Larry Godfrey's on the winning trail again as he takes the recurve National Indoor Title 

By The Bristol Post | Posted: December 12, 2014


BRISTOL-based archer Larry Godfrey has been crowned the Men's Recurve National Indoor champion. Godfrey, 38, was competing at the Indoor Archery Championships held in Coventry.

Three-time Olympian Larry battled hard to secure his recurve final place against Gergo Deak of County Oak Archery Club. And Gergo faced some tough challenges too, particularly from top seed and eventual bronze medallist, George Harding. But in the end it was gold for Larry and a well-deserved silver for Gergo.

Bristol's Larry Godfrey sets his sights on a fourth Olympic Games

By The Bristol Post | Posted: September 03, 2014

Kingswood archer Larry Godfrey has just completed a successful season.

BRISTOL bowman Larry Godfrey will bid to become a four-time Olympian when he embarks on one of the most important seasons of his career early next year.

Kingswood-born Godfrey, who is the top-ranked recurve archer in Britain, ended the campaign last weekend by winning the National Series title in front of a crowd numbering more than 8,000 at the picturesque Wollaton Hall in Nottingham.

It ended a successful campaign for the 38-year-old, who also reaffirmed his dominance at national level by winning the British Championship – by a wide margin -– for the seventh time.

Godfrey, who finished fourth in Athens in 2004 and has gone on to compete at the following two Olympic Games, now shifts focus towards the new season and a bid to claim a place on the team that will represent Great Britain in Rio de Janeiro during the summer of 2016.

"That's the ambition," said Godfrey. "It's the next big event for us now that archery has been dropped from the Commonwealth Games.

"To have to watch the Commonwealths instead of being a part of it this summer was really heartbreaking because I enjoyed competed at the last one in Delhi and am 99.9 per cent certain I would have been there again.

"It also made the season have the feel of a dead rubber about it, but that will all change next year when I will have a place in Rio firmly in my sights."

Godfrey, however, for the time being, will have to make his bid to compete at Rio without the help of financial support following UK Sport's decision to cut the funding for archery in the aftermath of London 2012.

As a result, Godfrey has less hours in the day to devote to training after deciding to go from part to full-time employment at Rolls Royce in Filton in order to pay the bills.

"The loss of funding has made and is making it more difficult to compete at that top international level," Godfrey admitted. "I can't devote as much time to training and competition now that I am working full-time as there are only so many hours in the day.

"I'm still doing enough to keep my place at the top of the national rankings because we are all in the same boat, but it is when you go to international competitions that you really notice the difference.

"A lot of the other countries are paying their archers a full-time wage, but, it is what it is, and I'm doing well to stay in among those top 15 or 20 archers in the world while holding down a full-time job.

"That said, I'm not getting close to the podium finishes I was experiencing in 2012 and that is the level I would like to get back to before Rio.

"I'm still trying to train every day, but the simple fact of the matter is that things will have to change if I am to go there with serious intentions of achieving what I am capable of and winning a medal.

"It can be frustrating at times, but I've never thought about giving it all up. I still love the sport too much and you also never know what will happen in terms of the funding situation."

Larry Godfrey has been crowned Britain's best men's recurve archer after storming to victory at the Nottingham Building Society National Series Finals.

30 August 2014

Larry eased to a 6-0 victory over last year's silver medallist Michael Judd in front of an enthusiastic  and appreciative crowd.


Larry GODFREY wins the British Target Championships in Lilleshall

11August 2014

Sun, gusty wind, rain and the remains of a hurricane. The weather threw all it had at the British Target Championships this weekend - but it could not prevent records falling and some spectacular shooting. More than 200 archers took part in the Championships, which were held at Archery GB's base at Lilleshall.

"One of my goals for 2014 was to retain my British Championship Title. I am so happy that I achieved this in such challenging weather conditions. 

Antalya: Competition heats up as we head to the beach

9 June 2014 16:42pm


European Championships Team is Announced

4 June 2014, 9:47am

Following on from the selection shoot that was held at Lilleshall last weekend we are now able to announce the archers that will represent Great Britain at the European Target Championships and the Para European Championships.

Larry has been selected to represent Great Britain Great Britain at the European Target Championships in Armenia 18-28 July 2014

It's bronze for Great Britain!

27 April 2014

Three-time Olympians Naomi Folkard and Larry Godfrey went into battle today knowing only they could bag a medal for Great Britain at the Archery World Cup in Shanghai. And they delivered in style!

They faced Shih-Cheng Peng and Shu Chi Yuan of Chinese Taipei and seized the initiative from the outset, as their opponents' last arrow strayed into the seven. Two points ahead.

After that it was honours-even until the very end when Chinese Taipei shot a nine and Great Britain scored a glorious 10. That gave Naomi and Larry the result - and the recurve mixed team medal


Larry leads the way on day two of World Archery Champs

October 2, 2013

Three-time Olympian Larry Godfrey was the top British performer on day two of the 2013 World Archery Championships in Belek, Turkey.

The 37-year-old, who lost a one-arrow shoot off to narrowly miss out on a spot in the quarter-finals at London 2012, got his world pursuit up and running as he went in the men's recurve qualification round.

And Godfrey's score of 1321 was good enough to see him finish the round in 23rd place as part of a field of 145 competitors.

Also in action in Turkey was 2013 World Games bronze medallist Alan Wills who finished 45th with a score of 1294.

And completing Great Britain's involvement in the men's recurve qualification round was Ashe Morgan and his score of 1272 was good enough for 77th.

The trio's combined total saw Great Britain end the recurve men's team qualification in 16th while Godfey's score was added to Naomi Folkard's for a placing of eighth in the mixed team event.

The duo then saw off the Japanese pairing to reach the quarter-final where their journey was ended by Korea.

Larry wants TV coverage to boost legacy

3 September 2013

Bristol Olympian Larry Godfrey believes continued television coverage of archery will aid the sport's legacy.

This year, Sport England has put in £750,000 to improve the support given to archers at club and county level.

But Godfrey, who was beaten in the last 16 of the men's individual tournament at London 2012, believes media coverage will also increase participation.

"After every Olympic cycle we get an influx of beginners due to the exposure on TV," the 36-year-old told BBC Sport.

"I think there is something we can do to make archery a regular televised event.

"There seems to be a lot of interest in the sport, certainly around the Olympics and even now.

"We have over 4,000 members around the country so I would like to see it move on even further."

Godfrey, ranked 18th in the world, has competed in the last three Olympics - with his best placing coming in Athens in 2004, when he finished fourth.

Since missing out on a medal in London, the Cleve-based archer has been working towards the World Cup events and World Championships, which start at the end of September in Turkey.

And he believes these post-Olympic events need to be given coverage to enhance the sport's profile.

"What I would like to see is maybe one of the big television sponsors get hold of an event like this [World Championships] and start getting it on TV," he said.

"Look at darts before that became televised - it was quite similar to archery in that not many people did it, apart from pub people, but once it got televised then it was massive."

Larry makes light of funding cut to win title

August 15, 2013

BRISTOL archer Larry Godfrey has overcome a drastic cut in funding in recent months to be named British Champion for a sixth-time at Lilleshall National Sports Centre last weekend.

The Kingswood-born bowman, 37, who has now claimed three junior and three senior British titles, fought off the challenge of second-placed Ashe Morgan to win the event at Lilleshall by a comfortable 69-point margin.

Godfrey, who competes for Cleve Archers, remains Great Britain's number one in the national rankings, but knows he faces an uphill battle to remain competitive at international level after UK Sport cut the funding for elite-level archers in the aftermath of the London Olympics last summer.

"I've been to both the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, but winning the British title is something that is just as important to me," said Godfrey.

"It has been good year for me in terms of my form since the Olympic games in London, but UK Sport's decision to cut the funding to elite level archers was a bit of a shock.

"It meant I have had to return to work full-time at Rolls Royce, but I have tried to still continue to devote the same amount of hours to training in order to maintain the sort of level that would be competitive on the international stage.

"It's been a challenge because there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to fit everything in. It has been difficult, but that makes my win at the British Championships all the more satisfying in a way."

Godfrey, meanwhile, competes at the World Cup series in Poland next week before taking part in the biggest international competition of the year when the World Championships stop off in Turkey in October.

"I'm looking forward to that one and am pretty confident that I can do well out there," said Godfrey. "There is no doubt that it is getting more and more difficult at international level because the standard of competition is always improving.

"We are also at a disadvantage after the funding cut because we are entering an arena where we are facing full-time athletes, who are able to devote all of their time to training.

"Some of these guys, the Koreans for example, are employed to shoot and get good salaries and pensions for training and competing.

"It is difficult for us to compete on a level playing field, but hopefully UK Sport may change their decision at some point in the future.

"I know they are putting resources into archery development with an eye on medals at the 2020 games and I fully understand that, but It does seem that performance at elite level in 2013 is being sacrificed as a result. Maybe there just needs to be a better balance."

Larry Godfrey secures his place at the London Olympics

After three gruelling shoot-off weekends, Larry can now say “I am going to my third Olympics.” He came top of the leader board with 6518.40 points with Simon Terry second with 6485.40. He led the men’s event throughout the three weekends which started with eleven members of the elite squad shooting 4 FITA 720 rounds over the first weekend. Larry achieved his highest ever 720 score of 677 during this event.
The competitors were reduced to six after the first weekend and these archers went on to the second weekend which involved shooting individual five set matches against each other.

The competitors were then reduced further to four who then went on to the third event which was held Thursday to Saturday 19/21 April. This third event simulated Olympic conditions with individual head-to-head matches with lots of screaming school children looking on. The weather conditions were generally cold with wind and rain at times. In fact, during one match between Larry and Alan Wills, the heavens opened up with hailstones and after the match Larry was heard to say “That was fun, it was like having ball-bearings thrown at your face at full draw!!”

The full three man team to represent GB at the Olympics will be announced at Lords on 9th May. In the meantime Larry will be competing at the second World Cup event of 2012, which will be held in Antalya, Turkey.

Godfrey and Oliver clinch bronze for GB at Archery Championships in Turin

British duo Larry Godfrey and Amy Oliver clinched a bronze medal in the World Archery Championship in Turin, beating Poland in the third-placed shoot-off in the recurve mixed-team tournament.

Godfrey and Oliver took a seven-point lead at the halfway stage and never looked back as they eventually won the bronze medal match 147-139 'They both shot really well all week, indeed, they're both having a great season, and this all bodes well in the preparations for next year's Olympics.

'It's been a good effort by all the British archers all week, and we can all return home greatly encouraged by the performances this week.' It was another good day at the office – these were the familiar words used by Larry Godfrey at the end of the World Archery Championships which were held in Turin, Italy from 4th to 10th July. Larry came 6th in the FITA qualification round with a score of 1352, which means he can claim the 1350 FITA gold star award, only the second British archer to do so, Simon Terry being the first. This was a new county and regional record for the FITA round and he also claimed records for the Long Metric round – 665 and the FITA 90m distance – 329, the latter being a new British record. Larry carried on well during the individual head-to-head elimination rounds bowing out in the quarter finals when he faced Woojin Kim, a Korean who eventually came first achieving the gold medal. This meant that Larry was finally ranked 8th overall.

As top ranked British male archer, Larry was paired to shoot with Amy Oliver, top ranked British female archer, at the competition, in the Mixed Recurve Team event. This was the first World Championships which included mixed teams.

Larry (pictured with medal) and Amy shot their way to the finals and eventually won the bronze match giving Great Britain the first mixed team bronze medal at the World Championships.

Update on Worlds

3 personal best scores (90m distance-329, Long Metric distance-665, FITA score of 1352) World Rankings at event- 1st 90m distance score 6th qualification score
Quarterfinalist Individual elimination
Quarterfinalist Mens Team elimination
Bronze Mixed team elimination (with Amy Oliver)

Evesham National Series 23rd May 2011

The first round of the national series got of to a windy start in Evesham. The morning session was reduced to only 3 dozen arrows and the the Head2Head was brought forward due to the difficult windy conditions.

Alison Williamson, Larry Godfrey, Adam Ravenscroft and Rikki Bingham have triumphed in the first Archery GB National Series shoot of the year, at windy Evesham.

In the men's recurve, the two time defending Grand Final champion Simon Terry failed to make the quarter-finals, after he was defeated by Michael Peart.

It was Larry who mastered the tricky conditions in this event, beating Cornwall's George Harding to clinch victory. Andrew Randall, from Derbyshire, and an up and coming junior, again highlighted his promise by taking third place. Julian Piper from Southampton was fourth.

Top eight point scorers (best three results count towards Grand Final qualification - top four from each section go through):-

Recurve men: Larry Godfrey 50, George Harding 47, Andrew Randall 45, Julian Piper 43, Pete Bland 41, Tom Barber 39, Michael Peart 37, Alan Wills 35.

World Cup 2011 held at Porec in Croatia 2nd - 7th May

Britain’s Larry Godfrey made a flying start to the first FITA World Cup event of the year, in Porec, Croatia, when he qualified for the head-to-head rounds in third place.

Larry finished the day in third place in the men’s recurve standings, behind the Korean duo Jin Hyek Oh and Dong Hyun Im, finishing with a total of 1346 – 13 points behind Jin, and six adrift of Dong, after shooting 90, 70, 50 and 30 metres.

Larry came 5th at the first leg of the World Cup 2011 held at Porec in Croatia 2nd - 7th May. This was after finishing 3rd overall in the qualifying FITA round, sandwiched between three Koreans. He shot his best ever score of 1346 for the FITA and 694 for the Short Metric. These are new county and regional records.

The team we've got around us now is fantastic. We've been working together for quite a long time, building up for London. As the men's team goes, the top guys are still the same team that went to Beijing, so we've got a lot of experience behind us. I'm confident in our team. We've got a good network behind us now, a good head coach, good staffing, so it's good.

We'll look forward to the Olympics in 2012, but this week we're focused on what you guys accomplish here.

European Grand Prix in Antalya 11 - 16 April 2011

Great Britain has won the gold medal in the men's recurve tournament, at the European Grand Prix in Antalya.

The trio of Simon Terry, Alan Wills and Larry Godfrey triumphed over a strong Italian line-up of Ilario du Bio, Marco Galiazzo and Mauro Nespoli by 222-219, giving them the perfect start to the international season.

In a tense final, Italy led by one point after the first end, with the GB trio fighting back to lead by two points at the halfway stage.

They were all square at 165-165 with one end to go, with Larry, Simon and Alan scoring four 10s from six arrows to clinch a three points victory.

"This is fantastic news, a real tonic for the team, and the squad, and a terrific start to the season," said Archery GB Performance Director Sara Symington.

"The lads have been shooting superbly well all week, and to round it off with this victory over the Italians is just a great result."

Commonwealth Games 2010

England men’s recurve team (pictured) hit the joint top score in their elimination match at Delhi’s Yamuna Sports Complex to secure a semi-final tie against Malaysia on Friday afternoon, while the women are also in the semis thanks to a bye.

Despite lying two points down at the half way point in their quarter-final against Cyprus, the trio of Simon Terry, Larry Godfrey and Alan Wills fired 218 to win by nine points and give them a shot at a medal tomorrow.

For Larry, it was merely “another good day at the office”.

“Everything went to plan,” he said. “We prepared well. We’re one of the best teams in the world and we want to stamp our mark on the competition.

“We’ve been together as a team now for four years and we know each other’s games well. I hope we can take today’s form into the semi-finals.”

England’s women recurve team are also into the semi-finals after getting a bye in this morning’s quarter-finals. They play Australia on Friday morning, after their victory over Canada.

MEANWHILE, The Earl of Wessex – Prince Edward – has lamented that archery would not be part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

According to The Times of India, he was impressed with the archery facilities at the Delhi Games, and told Archery Association of India president VK Malhotra about his disappointment that the sport will not be featuring at the Games in four years time.


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