In recent times, Hollywood has delivered some of its biggest actors into archery folklore. Jennifer Lawrence’s technique in The Hunger Games received praise, Jeremy Renner’s as Hawkeye in The Avengers, not so much. Either way, it led to more people picking up a bow and arrow. With three Olympic medals spanning 2000 to 2016, Australia has some decent archery pedigree. It’s a sport that requires strength and concentration in equal measure, as explained by one of Australia’s Rio bronze medallists, Taylor Worth: “To put it into layman’s terms, every time we draw our bow back, it’s around 20kg [of effort]. If we shoot 300 arrows in a training session, that equates to five or six tonnes worth of effort… We work with sports psychologists to implement strategies so we’re ready for anything.” There you have it, now go shoot some arrows.
Where to do it SYDNEY BOWMEN Founded in 1937, this is Australia’s oldest archery club, so for old time’s sake go try your hand. From $15 a session; sydneybowmen.com.au MORE THAN 130 CLUBS are registered with Archery Australia, and most offer ‘Come-n-try’ as a low-cost, low-commitment way to experience the sport. archery.org.au