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Published March 5th 2018
Hunger Games archery (by Archery Attack)
Since the 2000 Olympics, when Simon Fairweather won a gold medal in archery in Sydney, the sport's participation rate has surged.
While you won't be able to watch archery at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, you can pick up a bow and arrow to hit your own bullseye, at local indoor, outdoor and game-based ranges.
You can also sign this petition to include archery in the next Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
To get started in archery, you'll need a bow, arrows and ideally, an arm guard covering your inner forearm and a finger guard to protect against bruises from the bow string.
For beginners, the recurve bow, also used by Olympic archers, is an ideal choice. Other options as you progress include compound (using pulleys and cables for increased power and speed), and the traditional longbow.
Each centre has loan equipment for left and right handed archers and instructors to guide you with technique and safety tips.
At every club, safety is the top priority.
Shoot your first arrow at one of these top 7 archery ranges in Adelaide.
Adelaide Archery Club - War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide
Adelaide's premier archery club, hosting international championships, is the perfect place to see the best archers in SA, as you take aim in this Olympic sport.
First-timers aged 11 can start with the beginner's course, held on Sundays at 9am. Over 3 lessons, you'll practise archery using the club's equipment, learning the basics for safe, accurate target shooting. The 6 hours of tuition and practise is $65.
Once you're a member, you can shoot 7 days a week, with sessions for juniors on Tue, Thur and weekends. Accredited coaches can give further instruction to help hone your technique.
Although the range is setup for target shooting, tournaments are held for field, clout and wand shooting. Clout shooting, based on the medieval English archer, involves shooting arrows in a high arc to hit a target far in distance.
The club has a long history, with links to SA's first Surveyor-General, Colonel William Light, a keen longbow archer in the 1830s.
Southern Vales Archery Club - 114 Wheatsheaf Rd, Morphett Vale
Southern Vales welcomes archers of all kinds, with longbows, recurve, compound and crossbows seen on the range. Although you won't see archers shooting on horseback, horsebows are also welcome.
Start with the beginner's course, a comprehensive 8 weeks of lessons to turn archery from a hobby into a habit. The first 4 weeks of instruction are on Saturday mornings, continuing with monitored practise sessions with all equipment provided. The course costs $120 with a new term beginning each month www.southernvalesarchery.org.au/beginners-archery-course
The range is open for regular practice at distances from 10 - 50 metres, each Saturday from 1pm, with twilight shooting during Daylight Saving.
Southern Vales is the most family-orientated club in Adelaide, with discounts for family memberships, classes for children and a popular BBQ every week.
Southern Field Archers - Majors Rd, O'Halloran Hill
Archery is typically practised on narrow ranges with 2D circular targets pockmarked with holes from thousands of arrow hits. Instead, escape the city on winding trails spread over 17 acres of Adelaide's foothills, taking aim at 3D targets resembling Australian and American animals, set at varying angles and distances.
This setup for field archery at Southern Field is a memorable introduction to the sport, even if you prefer using paper targets instead of the spongy 3D targets.
Get started with the 'Come and Try' sessions, available at any time by appointment. During this initial lesson, you'll be briefed on safety and technique, using one of the club's bows. Email email@example.com to make a booking.
After practising during the Sunday opening time, chat with the staff about the best bow to purchase, with recurve and compound bows used on these targets. As your accuracy improves, enter the monthly tournaments to compete for trophies in 3D and paper target categories.
The Trophy Bowhunting Club of SA - 145 Seaview Rd, Upper Hermitage
Since opening in 1980, the TBC offered field archers over 35 acres of natural bushland to improve their skills, with dozens of 3D targets scattered throughout the range, some suspended from the trees.
Although the sport can be competitive with regular trophy shoots, it's a social club with families welcome and visitors encouraged to practice during the club's opening hours on Sunday from 9.30am.
Although most club members aim at targets only, as your skills improve, you can take bowhunting to the next level. Enrol to earn the Bowhunter Education Certificate, with the course equipping you with the survival skills, bushcraft and composure to safely hunt with bow and arrow. You'll also develop an appreciation for ethical hunting, supported by the guidelines from the SA Government.
For an archery experience in a natural setting, annual membership fees are very reasonable, starting at $70 for adults, $40 for children and $105 for families.
The Hills is one of Adelaide's newest archery clubs, offering target archery in the Greater Mount Lofty Parklands. Escape the city on Wednesday or Sunday mornings, stopping at Hahndorf on the way home.
Get started with the beginner's course - 3 Sunday morning sessions led by Archery Australia-accredited instructors. For 6 hours of tuition, the current price is $100.
Although you can pay the casual fee of $11 per session, with equipment hire of $10, the best value is with an annual membership, starting at $275 for adults, with unlimited shooting. There is also a joining fee of $80, which includes a club polo shirt.
The club is also configured to handle crossbows, up to a draw weight of 44kg.
Player vs Player archery with Archery Attack can host up to 40 players. Based on LARP (Live Action Role Playing), gamers can re-enact medieval battles and paintball without the bruises, using sponge-tipped arrows and face masks.
A 90min battle costs $35/player, with the battlefield setup on an outdoor field near you with inflatable obstacles and targets. Sessions are supervised, equipment is supplied and an instruction briefing is given before the battle.