All-rounder adds string to bow

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

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.

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