Archery with twist

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bec Singh

BOWS and ar­rows plus ex­cep­tional mul­ti­task­ing were on dis­play at the In­ter­na­tional Horse Archery Tour­na­ment in Oc­to­ber.

Al­maden’s Ti­mothy Lyall,14 rode on horse­back to shoot his way to third place and now has his sights on a se­nior level next year. Horse archery has a rider armed with a bow who is able to shoot the tar­get from horse­back while rid­ing, which needs su­perb eques­trian skills if the rider is to shoot on the move.

Ti­mothy was the first indige­nous ju­nior com­peti­tor to at­tend the in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment that was held at Ao­mori, north­ern Ja­pan.

Liv­ing in Al­maden, about 112 km from Ma­reeba CBD, Ti­mothy had his first shot from a can­ter­ing horse about a week prior to the tour­na­ment and his nat­u­ral ta­lent for the sport im­pressed ev­ery­one.

Ti­mothy’s mother Cad­die Lyall said she was ex­tremely proud of his sons achieve­ments in the sport.

“It was a bit shock­ing to have him go over­seas alone but we are so proud of him,” she said.

“It is not ev­ery 14-year-old that gets to ride in a horse archery com­pe­ti­tion against adults.”

Mrs Lyall said Ti­mothy had been rid­ing horses from a young age but it was just this year Ti­mothy took up archery.

“He was two when he started rid­ing and when he started archery the two sports came to­gether,” she said.

Mrs Lyall said he worked hard to get some money saved to go on the trip and will be get­ting ready for Korea next year.

“He has been work­ing on a farm break­ing in horses and was able to save some money for the tour­na­ment,” she said.

“He will be get­ting ready for Korea next year.”

Dim­bu­lah State School, prin­ci­pal Tuki Brown said the school was very proud ofTi­mothy’s achieve­ments.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Ti­mothy Lyall shows is great skills at the in­ter­na­tional horse archery tour­na­ment.

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