Hol­lis right on tar­get

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Men­tion The Hunger Games to Jeremy Hol­lis and you’re likely to get a know­ing roll of the eyes.

The Mana Archery Club mem­ber picked up a bow only a lit­tle over two years ago, but the 17-year-old from Plim­mer­ton is al­ready among the coun­try’s best, at ju­nior and se­nior level.

Hol­lis and his club­mates per­formed well at the re­cent in­door na­tion­als in Palmer­ston North.

Micky Gunn was a stand­out in win­ning the women’s sec­tion.

Hol­lis’ sec­ond plac­ing over­all in the men’s di­vi­sion still ran­kles with him, how­ever.

‘‘ I pre­pared re­ally well, but wasn’t happy with the way I shot. Def­i­nitely room for im­prove­ment,’’ he said.

Hol­lis’ com­pet­i­tive CV is very full, con­sid­er­ing his short time in the sport.

He ruled the roost in the cadet di­vi­sion – he holds the 60 me­tre dis­tance record (out­door) and 12m and 25m dis­tance records (in­door), won the 2013 in­door na­tion­als, was the 2013 North Is­land champ and took out the out­door na­tion­als this year.

Hol­lis said he loved the pres­sure of com­pe­ti­tion play and the soli­tary na­ture of archery.

Though he played hockey at school, he didn’t like hav­ing to rely on oth­ers, he said.

‘‘There’s noth­ing like per­form­ing un­der pres­sure. In this sport, a tilt of the head can mean so much, so I en­joy mak­ing sure I’m get­ting it right.’’

It wasn’t Kat­niss Everdeen’s prow­ess with a bow and ar­row in The Hunger Games in­ter­ested, how­ever.

‘‘I had built a cross­bow be­fore, so it [archery] was some­thing I have al­ways been keen on.

‘‘ The Hunger Games has been good for archery and it’s great to see num­bers in the sport ris­ing.’’

that got him

Hol­lis is study­ing chem­istry and physics at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity.

He prac­tises most days at Mana Archery Club’s range next to Plim­mer­ton Do­main.

His short-term goal is to qual­ify for the world champs in Copen­hagen next Septem­ber.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Bulls­eye: Ev­ery spare cent Jeremy Hol­lis has goes into his archery equip­ment – a set of ar­rows will set you back $800.

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