Artem aims for gold in archery
ARCHERY: ARTEM Futygin has been shooting arrows for two years now.
Since arriving in Australia from Russia in 2008, becoming a citizen, and going to school of course, he’s taken up archery at the club, on the Cunnamulla road.
“My dad looked for a job in New Zealand – and one of his mates said there was a job in Charleville,” he said.
They shoot in one of Australia’s largest ranges, including three-dimensional and regular photographed targets.
“I came out here once with scouts, once as a holiday activity,” Artem said.
“It’s an activity you can do on weekends, when there is not much to do.”
Australians have practiced archery since at least 1788, if not earlier. The official organ that organises and sets the rules for archery in this country is called Archery Australia. It was established in 1948.
You typically have to hit either a small target close up, or a large target from a decent distance.
Younger archers get an easier target, because they stand closer. Artem, 14, still has three years before he has to fire from full distance.
He did pretty well on the weekend, scoring 184.
By comparison his dad Vladimir scored 244, Robert Street hit 314. And primary school age newcomers Alexah and Mathew Little hit 184 and 198 respectively.
The other members of the club, David Gilshenen and Rodney Scheimer, scored 306 and 312 respectively.
“It’s not like a sport,” Artem said.
“It’s a calm sport – you can enjoy yourself while you’re doing it.
“It’s not a competition so you’re just doing your best.”
He also competes in swimming, athletics, running and cross country
“I do whatever’s available, apart from rugby,” he said.
“I don’t like rugby.”
It’s an activity you can do on weekends...
---- Artem Futygin
IN ACTION: Artem Futygin has his eye on the prize.