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Published September 27th 2018
Archery bullseye (by Pro Adventure Photos at Flickr)
If you're keen to try the medieval art of archery, Sydney has plenty of indoor and outdoor options. While target shooting with pistols and rifles is limited by cost and strict regulation, archery is a safe alternative for ages 9 and up, with adult supervision for archers under 15.
To hit the bullseye, you'll need a bow and arrows. But to avoid bruising, strap on an arm guard to cover your inner forearm, and a finger guard for a buffer against the bow string. Beginners can start with loan equipment, designed for left or right-handed archers.
Before signing up for our Olympic team, try the beginner sessions or chat with an official or coach for the receive the basics on archery technique and safety.
Most clubs offer casual session pricing or annual membership for unlimited enjoyment.
Our next Olympic archers (by Dark Dwarf at Flickr)
At every club, safety is the top priority.
Some of the options for archery in Sydney are:
Archery Centre - Olympic Park
A legacy of "best Olympic Games ever" is this centre in Olympic Park. Open most days, closing only on Mondays and public holidays.
The centre has coaching, equipment hire, beginner and intermediate level courses, children's courses and birthday parties.
When you master the ancient craft, try a modern twist with laser tag and laser clay pigeon shooting (no birds were harmed in the research for this article).
You can shoot as a casual in single sessions of archery, become a member for regular access, or arrange team building events for competitive fun with friends and workmates.
The PCA is another top choice in our western suburbs, with indoor and outdoor ranges open every day of the week.
They offer beginner courses, host corporate events and scheduled competitions. On the long field at Troy Adams Archery Field in Werrington, you can also try clout archery, shooting at a target 180 metres in the distance.
Leagues in golf and lawn bowls build camaraderie, but they are trumped by the leagues at PCA. You can join a Friday, veteran's, or a clout league for regular practice with new friends.
A Rikbaktsa archer competes at Brazil's Indigenous Games (by Valter Campanato/ABr at Wikipedia)
St. George Archers
Since 1950 in Sydney's south, archers have lined up the target on A.S. Tanner Reserve on Chuter Avenue in Monterey, just south of Brighton-Le-Sands.
Their outdoor range is open for business on Sunday mornings. The club has courses and loan equipment. Many members are long-term regulars, with friendly advice to help you buy the right gear and hone your skill.
Bondi Archers meet every Sunday at Hugh Bamford Reserve, North Bondi. The general public are welcome to come & try at 11am. Bookings are essential in advance athttp://www.trybooking.com/janu. More information can be found at the the Bondi Archers Website,www.bondiarchers.org.au