Cirencester’s Ella Gibson makes World Cup history
The success and accolades just keep coming for champion compound archer, Ella Gibson of Cirencester, as she has now won the compound individual Gold at the first of four stages of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey.
Twenty-one year old, Ella has now become the first British archer in 10 years to reach a World Cup stage final and the first in 12 years to win individual Gold when she defeated the 2013 World Cup Final Champion over the Easter weekend by two points. This win also represents Ella’s first ever World Cup stage victory.
Ella’s podium-topping performance now ensures her direct qualification through to the World Cup Final in October 2022 in Tlaxcala, Mexico.
“It’s amazing, I still can’t really believe it if I’m honest,” said an elated Ella. “I didn’t expect to get straight through to the World Cup Final after just one stage, but obviously I’m thrilled that it’s turned out this way.”
This is the latest big achievement for Ella, who lives in Cirencester. She now holds four of the nine continental records available for compound women in outdoor archery, is ranked number one in Great Britain, sixth in Europe and fourth in the world.
Ella, who travels to the National Centre in Lilleshall to train for five hours every week, said: “I’d like to thank Jon Nott, who has been my coach since 2018 as well as Simon Scott, my line coach, and all those at Lilleshall, who have helped me on this incredibly successful journey.”
Rising star, Ella is now looking forward to being one of only five competitors for team GB representing her country at the World Games (equivalent to the Olympics) Archery Championship taking place in July 2022 in Alabama, USA.