Shoot­ing for the stars

Len­nox Is­land ath­letes start strong at In­dige­nous Games

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY ALYSHA CAMP­BELL

Two of Len­nox Is­land’s finest took to the woods Tues­day for 3D archery at the 2017 North Amer­i­can In­dige­nous Games in Hamil­ton, Ont.

Lo­gen Lewis and Dar­cie Au­gus­tine are among the 27 Is­land ath­letes com­pet­ing in the multi-sport Games in archery, bad­minton, ri­fle shoot­ing, ath­let­ics or swim­ming.

“Lo­gen started the day off very solidly,” said Jo-anne Wal­lace, as­sis­tant chef de mis­sion of Team P.E.I.

Lewis not only kicked off the multi-sport event by car­ry­ing the Is­land flag at the open­ing cer­e­monies, but with a new per­sonal best in his con­test.

He com­petes in the un­der-19 male tra­di­tional archery di­vi­sion with shots stretch­ing out to 100 feet.

For Au­gus­tine, the Games are her first tour­na­ment. She cur­rently is on pace to beat her own per­sonal best.

Au­gus­tine com­petes in un­der-19 fe­male com­pound archery. The di­vi­sion re­quires her to shoot from about 165 feet from the tar­get or more than half the length of a foot­ball field.

Both ath­letes must try to shoot two rounds of 20 tar­gets. Tar­gets range in size from a skunk to an elk.

Tar­gets are foam, re­al­is­tic and have four scor­ing zones – 11, 10, eight and five. There are 91 ath­letes from Florida to the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries com­pet­ing for the gold dur­ing the next three days, and more than 5,000 ath­letes over­all at the Games.

“It’s pretty mas­sive, and a lot of driv­ing but the ath­letes are thor­oughly en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Wal­lace.

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