All-rounder adds string to bow
Wanaka sportsman Quentin Smith is proof that life as a wheelie is no obstacle to enjoying the outdoors.
Smith has added bow hunting to his list of weekend activities and is now competing at South Island level.
He’s a familiar sight at the yacht club (he’s the commodore and regularly competes) and can also be found practising his whitewater kayak skills on the Hawea River wave or skiing at Cardrona.
Smith said he was loving his new sport.
‘‘I got a flat tyre on Saturday, so they are allowing me two shots today,’’ he said as he negotiated the course on Sunday in a chair refitted with tyres.
‘‘I took this up a few months ago, maybe since June.’’
The course was set out on reserve land next to the Lake Hawea Holiday Park and Smith’s presence provided plenty of laughs for his rivals, as he roped in Jim Searle and others to push or lift his chair over rocks, up hills and through gullies.
‘‘With Jim, we’ll be able to get him anywhere. Maybe even up Mt Everest,’’ coach Angelo Georgalli joked.
The competition was hosted by the Central Otago Archers Club.
Steady: Wanaka sportsman Quentin Smith aims while Christchurch archer Jim Searle holds the wheelchair at the South Island Bowhunters Championships at Lake Hawea on Sunday.