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If you hap­pen to ven­ture in the Jean-Marc La­londe are­na on Thurs­days, you might be sur­pri­sed to see se­ve­ral in­di­vi­duals shoo­ting arrows.

If you hap­pen to ven­ture in the Jean­Marc La­londe are­na on Thurs­days, bet­ween 6:30 and 8:30 pm, you might be sur­pri­sed to see se­ve­ral in­di­vi­duals shoo­ting arrows at tar­gets and life like ani­mal re­pli­cas.

They are all mem­bers of the Ro­ck­land Field Ar­chers. “We used to prac­tice at a lo­cal school, but they ins­tal­led cu­shion floor in their gym­na­sium, the­re­fore we had to come here ins­tead,” said Pre­sident Mar­tin La­casse. “We like it here though. There’s a lot of space for our mem­bers to shoot.”

The Ro­ck­land Field Ar­chers use the are­na in win­ter­time and an out­door field in the sum­mer months.

The club, which has over 100 mem­bers, was foun­ded in the ear­ly 1980’s. It’s mem­bers hail from all sides of Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land and consist of ar­chers from se­ve­ral dif­ferent walks of life, as well as whole fa­mi­lies. “Our youn­gest mem­ber is un­der ten years old,” stres­sed La­casse. “Our ol­dest is 84 and still shoo­ting!”

The Pre­sident ex­plai­ned that the club is ope­ned to anyone who is in­ter­es­ted in the sport. “We will show them the ba­sics in a ve­ry safe en­vi­ron­ment,” he said. “We do want to stress that chil­dren un­der 18 years of age must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.”

La­casse points to the fact that the sport is one of the chea­pest to par­ti­ci­pate in. “A be­gin­ner’s bow is about $200 to $300,” he said. “We sup­ply the tar­gets.”

In ad­di­tion, the or­ga­ni­za­tion pos­sesses over 50 “3D” ani­mal re­pli­cas. Its mem­bers al­so take part in se­ve­ral year­ly com­pe­ti­tions.

La­casse ex­plai­ned that anyone in­ter­es­ted in joi­ning the club should give him a phone call first at 613-808-8961.

—pho­to Fran­cis Ra­cine

Ne soyez pas sur­pris si vous aper­ce­vez plu­sieurs flèches dans l’aré­na Jean-Marc La­londe. Les membres du club de tir à l’arc Ro­ck­land Field Ar­chers pra­tiquent dans l’aré­na chaque jeudi soir, de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30.

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