WELSH archer Mathew Symmonds has won the IFAA World Field Archery Championship which took place in South Dakota, USA. Symmonds, who is originally from Llanwit Major, is the first archer shooting in the Freestyle Recurve division ever to record 3 World Championship wins.

The competition is held every two years and takes place in a different continent each time. After winning at the competition Mathew said: “I feel this was my best win to date as I shot very consistently despite some tough competition and difficult weather conditions to grind out the victory. Field archery is very popular in the USA which makes it one of the hardest places to win a medal so I feel particularly pleased with the way I performed.”

Mathew was awarded a gold medal for his win and the opportunity to keep the Oakleaf World Championship Cup throughout his tenure with his name proudly engraved upon it.

Mathew is now heading to the next World Championships which will take place in Melbourne, Australia in 2016.