7 Jun 2009

Archery gold medal for NZ women

11:09 am on 7 June 2009

The New Zealand women's archery team has caused a major upset and won the gold medal at a World Cup event in Turkey.

It's the first time New Zealand has entered a team in a World Cup meeting.

Lindy Lainchbury, Mandy McGregor and Ann Mitchell were all competing at their first major international event.

Lainchbury, along with two male archers Steven Clifton and Shaun Teasdale, also made the quarter finals of the individual shoot.

New Zealand's most successful archer was Neroli Fairhall (1944 - 2006) who won a gold medal at the 1980 Paralympics.

She then won the gold medal at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games in 1982. Two years later, she became the first paraplegic to compete at the Los Angeles Olympics.