The growing form of archery that most have never heard of

Daniel Kilgallon shooting
Daniel Kilgallon in training. Credit: Dan Burnham

Barebow archery is probably one sport that you will never have heard of.

This format of archery has a lot less aids for competitors in contrast to that which is used in the Olympic games, known professionally as recurve freestyle.

UCLan student Daniel Kilgallon, 21, has trained in the sport for nearly three years, earning several honours.

When explaining the discipline, Daniel said: “In barebow archery all you get is a weight. You have nothing that stabilises or helps you aim at all so it’s just you, the bow and the target.

“In recurve freestyle they have long rods, stabilisers and clickers to help them make sure they’re drawing back the shot the same amount, and most importantly sights to help them aim.”

Daniel most recently won gold at the National British Barebow Indoor Championships.

He competed in the University Pairs category with fellow archer and UCLan student Amy Cole.

The two faced other pairs from the north of England, with simultaneous events being held nation-wide.

Following a checking procedure between the varying venues, Daniel and Amy were announced as national champions.

Daniel said: “It wasn’t necessarily our best performances, but obviously combined me and Amy did really well.

“It’s one of those big relief moments where you know that everything you’re doing is paying off and what you’ve committed so many hours to is definitely worth it.”

The annual championships are run by Archery GB and are the only national competition for barebow archers. 

Forensic psychology student Daniel is hoping that the profile of the sport will grow, and that one day he could be competing in it at the peak of the sporting world.

He said: “I’d like to keep shooting in the University competitions and some more external ones too and then see where that leads.

“With barebow getting more recognition, hopefully it will get Olympic sport status as well.”