Artem aims for gold in archery

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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

PHOTOS: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

IN AC­TION: Artem Fu­ty­gin has his eye on the prize.

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