Archery’s ap­peal re­vived

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Lake­view Archers held the sec­ond round of the Waikato In­ter­club Field Archery Se­ries on Sunday. More than 40 shoot­ers from Franklin County Archers, Thames Val­ley Archers, Toa Ara Archers from Toko­roa and Lake­view Archers took part in this event at the Ho­ra­hora Rd course.

The first round was held at the Franklin Archers course in Ra­ma­rama and the third is at Toko­roa. The fourth and fi­nal will be at Thames Val­ley Archer’s Paeroa course in Au­gust.

Field archery is grow­ing as a fam­ily sport with films such as The Hungergames and Brave lift­ing archery’s pop­u­lar­ity.

Field archery is sim­i­lar to golf with bows and ar­rows, and takes place on a course of 20 tar­gets which can be 3D (rub­ber an­i­mals that im­i­tate the bow hunt­ing as­pect of the sport), vinyl pic­tures of an­i­mals or round bulls­eye style tar­gets set against wool bales.

The cour­ses are usu­ally ar­ranged in bush or farm­land and take teams of two to four archers about two hours to com­plete.

There are usu­ally morn­ing and af­ter­noon rounds with a good hearty lunch in be­tween and plenty of so­cial in­ter­ac­tion. Archers score ac­cord­ing to the ac­cu­racy of their shots and com­pete for prizes.

The equip­ment ranges from bare bow, a ba­sic wooden bow with wooden ar­rows to highly tech­ni­cal com­pound bows with tele­scopic sights, trig­ger re­leases and car­bon ar­rows. There are dif­fer­ent classes of com­pe­ti­tion and dif­fer­ent dis­tances from the tar­get de­pend­ing on skill level.

There are com­peti­tors from 5 years old to mid70s and many fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pate.

Spe­cial­ist archery shops can ad­vise on equip­ment and coach­ing, which is rec­om­mended as bows in par­tic­u­lar need to be set up to suit the in­di­vid­ual archer. There is equip­ment avail­able for ev­ery bud­get.

Lake­view Archers hold a club day at the Ho­ra­hora Rd course on the fourth Sunday of each month and any­one is wel­come. The next club day is July 22. We have club equip­ment peo­ple can use and ba­sic coach­ing is avail­able. For in­quiries please call Chris­tine on 027 489 4457.

TRACY HARTY: Fires a shot.

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