Archery South Australia held its annual presentation dinner on Saturday. Victor Harbor Archery Club sits high on the list of clubs with archers who, through their dedication and hard work have come out on top with wins both as teams and as individuals.
Amongst the individual wins for VHAC members are Graham Potts – who took out the 2017 Best All Round Compound Archer award and Lydia Strutton – who came out the winner in the Female Veteran Recurve division of the AJ Barter Tournament.
Rhiannon Mills, Callan Ineson and Graham Potts formed the winning Compound Target Team and Sherry Gale, Pat Coghlan and Graham Potts won the Lord Mayor Compound Team trophy.
Victor Harbor Archery Club president Graham Potts accepted the trophies on behalf of the winners and one can but wonder how he managed to carry them all home.
The club may be successful at the moment and wins in tournaments certainly help to lift its profile within the archery world, but to ensure future success one must look to encouraging young archers to take up the sport.
The club ensures any ’beginner’ is given proper instruction by qualified coaches both for the length of the beginners course to ongoing instruction after they become members.
The club is still growing and developing and great progress was made last year when an indoor archery facility was acquired at the Port Elliot Showgrounds and a new field course was set up at their home target ground on the Back Valley Oval.
The club plays host to national tournaments several times a year - the National Matchplay Series SA Leg recently held in January and the National Indoor Championships held annually in June.
Regular visitors from other clubs also attend the facilities, which make for interesting and informative alliances – it is each archer helping the other and is always a good experience.
The 24 target field course is slowly being moulded to give it a ‘bush’ feel.
Numerous mounds of soil have been deposited on site and working bees will see the soil distributed and sculpted around the individual targets.
Most trees and bushes planted in spring have survived the summer and when mature, will add to the ‘field effect’.
Field archery is most challenging in that the course varies so much between target sizes and varying distances and archers really need to know it all in order to successfully shoot a reasonable score.
The club holds a field course day once a month and last Saturday was challenging in more ways than one.
After a hot day on Friday with northerly winds increasing temperatures, Saturday became a wet, wet day for trudging between field targets, but a few hardy archers braved the elements including one young cub, Emmet Baldock, who was delighted when presented with a medal for achieving an ‘all gold’ at 20 metres during a recent target shoot.
If you are interested in giving archery a try, detailed information is available on the club’s website: www.victorharborarcheryclub.com
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