Adding new strings to your bow at any age

Western Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CAL­LUM MCGILLIVRAY

Massey Archery Club have more than eleven world cham­pion archers on their hon­ours board, but they’re look­ing for more.

‘‘We want as many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to en­joy archery,’’ club pres­i­dent Lyall Lainch­bury says.

The club, based on Red Hills Rd in Massey, has over 300 mem­bers from Hua­pai, Kumeu, Hen­der­son, Hob­sonville, Massey and across Auck­land.

‘‘We have an eclec­tic mix of peo­ple from all walks of life,’’ Lyall Lainch­bury says. From 5-years-old to 85 archery is a sport for ev­ery­one - but not many think of as a sport, says the 70-year-old.

‘‘There’s not many sports that a grand­child and grand­par­ent can take part in the same time, like archery.’’

Lyall Lainch­bury, who got into the sport six years ago af­ter watch­ing his son and world cham­pion Michael Lainch­bury com­pete, has three world cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

‘‘Watch­ing him win ti­tles ap­pealed to me. But the sport is just as frus­trat­ing as golf,’’ he says.

Club mem­bers, and hus­band and wife team, Linda and Michael Lainch­bury have com­peted in the league rounds in Europe, the United States and Aus­tralia. The pair have 10 world cham­pi­onship ti­tles be­tween them.

In the re­cent In­ter­na­tional Field Archery As­so­ci­a­tion (IFAA) World Cham­pi­onships held in Aus­tralia over five days in Oc­to­ber, 2016, twelve club archers took home 25 medals. The event, held in Wagga Wagga, pro­duced 13 golds, six sil­vers and six bronze for the Red Hills team.

‘‘They were shoot­ing very well and shoot­ing at the high­est level,’’ says Lyall Lainch­bury. He also says the club is the only archery club that own their own land, and spend time teach­ing archery to schools.

‘‘We’ll do work with any school that asks us. We bring the schools in to shoot as much as we can.’’

Al­gies Bay res­i­dent Lyall Lainch­bury rec­om­mends start­ing in the archery in­tro­duc­tory course to see if you like the sport.

’’Archery is re­ally good for kids in teach­ing them self­dis­ci­pline, safety, peo­ple skills and con­cen­tra­tion,’’ he says.

In April, the club hosts the 2017 World Mas­ters Games field archery divi­sion. Go to masse­yarchery.org.nz for more.

CAL­LUM MCGILLIVRAY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Dean Sheerin takes po­si­tion with his com­pound bow, one of three bows avail­able at the club.

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