Archery’s appeal revived
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.