During practice it was really hot - so hot in fact that I could feel the heat coming up through my training shoes!
It took me a couple of days to get used to the heat and to get over jet lag, but after that I was OK. The KG XCR riser and NEXGEN limbs showed no signs of being affected by the weather and shot just the same as they do at home. the Vaportrail strings also performed flawlessly. The air was a lot drier though and my sight needed to be adjusted to take account of that.
Practice went pretty well given the heat and by the time qualification came around I felt pretty confident.
The Ben Avery range is a huge (and I mean huge) complex dedicated to shooting (mainly) guns but also has its own dedicated archery area and its own weather.
Official practice and the qualification round were windy and hot. The wind on qualification day was very variable and very tricky to shoot in. My new Carbofast Slim Jim stabilisers were fantastic and allowed me to hold on the gold easily. I scored 629 which was a personal best competition score and this placed me 9th going into the head to heads against some tough opposition.
I would just like to thank all my sponsors - your respective equipment never let me down once!
Vapor Trail Archery
Pro Boss Archery
Class Energy Ltd
Xs Wings archery vanes
Kath Fitzpatrick Archery Coaching
Lale Krivacevic Silver Archery limited
Cookridge Hall Health & Fitness
The Bramhope Trust
Friends and Family
and all my new American friends who were there cheering me on