Sheila D Kemp - A bright light in archery

It is with great sadness that we report the death on the 11 July, at the age of 81 and after a short period in hospital, of our dear friend Sheila D Kemp.

Sheila has been a shining light in archery for 55 years and all who knew her are made immeasurably poorer by her passing. Sheila joined the Bowmen of Overdale in 1951 and was a very active and well-respected member of the club until her death. She finished shooting in 2004.

The 1960's were the heyday of Sheila's shooting career. In 1963 she shot for Great Britain in the Helsinki World Championships coming 7th overall. In 1964 she was Great Britain Ladies Champion. Sheila was Northern Counties Ladies Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1963. She was Lancashire Archery Association Ladies Champion in 1961, 1964 and 1965. Sheila was her club's Lady Champion 20 times. She was the first lady to shoot a 1000 Hereford and held the Western Ladies record for 8 years, etc.

Sheila was a tremendous supporter of archery with and without the bow. She was for 14 years a dedicated member of the GNAS National Council. She also served with great distinction for many years on her club, county and region's committees. For this work she received many distinctions and tokens of appreciation, which are too many to mention here.

Sheila leaves a sister, brother and brother-in-law and an extended family of nieces, nephews, a great-niece and a great-nephew.

Quoting the footnote of one of the eulogies at her funeral "She was a great lady and a true ambassador to the sport of Archery."

Arthur Timmins Bowmen of Overdale