congratulations Cinzia Noziglia from Italy, IWGA Athlete of the Month for October 2022
Thrice is nice for a 37-year-old bare-bow archer. Cinzia Noziglia has achieved a triple this year: as the reigning champion, she won the gold medal at the Birmingham World Games in the USA in July. In September, she was crowned the world champion in 3D archery in her home country. In October, she ended an excellent season with another title in Field Archery World Championships in Yankton, United States.
Having won every competition, the Italian athlete is at the top of her sport; without a doubt, Cinzia Noziglia is in a class of her own. In addition, there was one more premiere to celebrate: “This is my first gold medal in the field. It’s unbelievable,” she said after dominating France’s Christine Gauthe 58-44 in the final. Still, this wasn’t the first time she’d been on the podium at Yankton: she won gold in the women’s team event and placed second in the mixed bare-bow team event.
The three major tournaments on the bare arch calendar are not usually held in the same year, but The World Games and the World Archery 3D Championships (named for the 3D animal targets) have been delayed for a year due to the pandemic. Cinzia Noziglia took advantage of this opportunity and scored a grand slam in her discipline. It is quite likely that it went down in history, because it will probably never happen again that the three most important tournaments in the naked arch were held in one year.
A quick note on what a bare bow is: This is a basic style curvature a bow that uses the same modern materials but does not allow for accessories to assist with aiming or stabilization. This discipline has been present on The World Games program since 1985.
While there was so much news, the last sentence of this article comes from the Athlete of the Month herself: “I was probably in a rush. I don’t know how many points I scored, but I think I scored very well.
World games is a multi-sport event organized every four years by the International World Games Association, organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee. The World Games 2022 took place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from July 7-17, 2022. 3,600 athletes from 34 sports and 100 countries participated in the games. The 12th edition of The World Games will be held in Chengdu, CHN in 2025.