Archers keen to draw crowd

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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.

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