If Katniss Everdeen's archery prowess in the Hunger Games ever gave you thoughts of giving archery a go, then this offering is for you. It's the perfect way to try out something different, which is challenging and fun.
The Pacific Bowmen Archery Club run a session, currently on a Tuesday afternoon, next to Kings Christian College, where you can come and try your hand at archery, at no cost. The session covers important safety aspects of using bows, basic instruction and introduction to target shooting. It offers an opportunity for the whole family to safely practise the age-old art of archery. The location lends itself well to the purpose and is tucked out of sight in the bush. You can park on the road and walk up, or drive your car up (higher clearance vehicles will find access easier). All equipment is provided. The session was well run, with a strict adherence to safety, and covered basic skills that had us up and shooting and hitting targets pretty quickly.
There were a range of ages present when we took part and all enjoyed good levels of success. One of the girls mentioned how she found it quite empowering. The target shooting activity saw some competitive natures revealed amongst family members and we found the satisfaction of hitting the target quite addictive.
Historically, archery has been around for a very long time. The oldest known arrowheads, dating back to 70 – 60,000 years ago have been found in sites in South Africa. Classical civilisations such as the Greeks and the Romans fielded large numbers of archers in their armies. The development of firearms made the need for bows obsolete, although in the UK longbow practice was enforced until the end of the 16th century. The word archery derives from the Latin "arcus" – meaning bow. It's one of the oldest sports still practised today.
If you are hooked after your session, you can keep going back on Tuesdays or join the club. Give Paul a call for more details on 0432 845 205. This activity is definitely worth a try - no bookings are required.