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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; syd­ney­bow­ 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.

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