Medals galore for GB Helice team in Africa

The GB Helice team had one of their most successful trips ever, competing in the Helice African Championships in Cairo and coming back with a massive haul of medals and trophies. 

The President’s Cup was the first event of the week. John Lucy, on his first trip away with the GB team, won a gold medal in the Senior category and also shot off for the overall title, picking up a bronze. In the same event Jane Bell won a gold medal, Chris Potter took a silver and John Nightingale a bronze.

The next day was the Grand Prix of Egypt – and the GB Team’s success continued. Fergus Watson-Hopkinson, also on his first trip away with the team, took gold in the Seniors category. Cliff Goodwin and Jane Bell both picked up a bronze in their categories. Howard Batt won gold in Veterans, and in the Masters Chris Potter won gold and Cyril Adams silver.

The main event, The African Championship, was shot over two days, and once again the GB contingent did themselves proud. Dionne Rogers won silver, Andy Stratford took gold in Seniors, Howard Batt won gold in the Veterans, while in the Masters Chris Potter took gold and Cyril Adams won silver.

With results like that the GB team were bound to have a good showing in the Beretta Cup, which is awarded for the combined scores over the three events. Dionne Rogers took the Ladies silver, Fergus Watson-Hopkins won gold and Andy Stratford took bronze in Seniors. Howard Batt won gold in Veterans, while Chris Potter won gold and Cyril Adams took silver in Masters.

The last event of an exhausting week was the Team Shoot – and yet again GB put in an impressive performance that added to their already formidable tally. In Ladies Dionne Rogers, Jane Bell and Michele Conway won gold after a shoot-off with the Italians.

Tim Rickard, Phil Negus and Stuart King won bronze in the Men’s Open Team. Cliff Goodwin, Andy Stratford and Steve Cole won silver in the Seniors; and in Veterans Chris Potter, Howard Batt and John Nightingale also won silver.

“All in all it was a massive haul of medals and trophies,” said Dionne. “We are very proud of ourselves and are hoping that this puts us in good stead for the European Championships in Sicily in June.”

She added, “It was a great event for us not only because of the results but because of the beautiful club and the beautiful people who invited us to be with them and showed us the utmost friendship and courtesy. A medal really ought to go to our International Helice referee, Steve Cole, for his marvellous umpiring skills – very well done Steve!”

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