Shooting for the stars
Lennox Island athletes start strong at Indigenous Games
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.