Suffolk mother and daughter return from archery championships

PUBLISHED: 11:03 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:03 26 November 2018

Karen and Natasja Pinches have returned from South Africa after competing in the World Archery Championships Picture: WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL

Karen and Natasja Pinches have returned from South Africa after competing in the World Archery Championships Picture: WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL


A Suffolk mother and daughter duo have returned from South Africa after taking part in the World Field Archery Championships.

Karen and Natasja Pinches, who both work at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, said the 40 degree heat made competing at the International Field Archery Association (IFAA) event very difficult.

Karen said: “South Africa was a tricky country to compete in. We were actually competing in 40 degrees heat, with no shade, which was very tough. We drank so much water to cope with it.”

Karen was able to retain her world title in the female adult barebow category, while Natasja came 12th in the world in the female adult freestyle unlimited category.

Charlie, Karen’s husband, also scooped fourth place in the male adult barebow category.

Natasja said: “We saw lots of animals while we were out competing: giraffe, zebra, impala, monkeys, wild hogs, ostrich, and even a scorpion.

“We had to be really careful not to walk out into the South African bush, as cobras can hide there. It’s probably the most dangerous course we’ve encountered so far.”

The talented family hope to compete again next year at the championships which are set to be hosted a bit closer to home in the Netherlands.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bury Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bury Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bury Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other popular content

Yesterday, 19:51

Two people have been killed in a collision on a road near Newmarket.

Yesterday, 16:52

Bostik North

Brentwood Town 1

Bury Town 1

Bury Town picked up another point on their travels but had to hold on at the end to secure another draw, writes John Alcock.

Fears have been raised that Suffolk may have a systemic problem with how children’s homes are run after a third establishment was given a poor Ofsted rating in the last 10 weeks.

National League Two South

Bury St Edmunds 14

Canterbury 20

The City side did just enough to hold off a pumped up Bury side to earn the spoils and keep their promotion campaign intact, writes Simon Lord.

Local weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 3°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Bury Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24