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