Archers keen to draw crowd
NESTLED in the beautiful heart of the Overflow, Chinchilla’s first archery club is taking form.
A recent convert to the bow and arrow, Mick Kekewick has been busy rallying support and clearing the land on Bill Cousins’ property on Butts Rd to recreate realistic scenarios for those who love to hunt without the blood and gore.
The Field Course, the club’s main attraction, will comprise a winding set of tracks leading to targets of varied range, elevation and cover, on which archers can test their skills.
There will also be a standard target range for archers to learn the basics of marksmanship in a safe and comfortable environment.
Mr Kekewick was on the site on Sunday with a dozen volunteers, including his wife and two sons, clearing paths through the brush and laying plastic targets down.
Before 2011, he had only tested his eye through a rifle’s sights, but today his tool of choice is a 70-pound compound bow.
The excitement of loosing with enough force to put an arrow straight through an animal at 50 metres is not for everybody; bows range in draw weight from a teeny 10 pounds to massive 200 pounds (90kg) of force, depending on the user’s strength.
“It’s a very inclusive sport, people of any age or sex can compete. It even caters to an extent to people with people with disabilities,” Mr Kekewick said.
“My son and I started in Moranbah in 2011, and now the whole family’s doing it.”
July 6 will mark the Chinchilla Archery Club’s Open and Sign-On Day.
Turn left off Chinchilla- Burncluith Rd onto Butts Rd and follow the signs.
NEW CLUB: Mick Kekewick, Mike Turley and Zane Kekewick hard at work clearing the land for the new archery field course.