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Arrows fly as archery day a success

The Central App

Anna Robb

02 April 2024, 4:30 PM

Arrows fly as archery day a successA chance to try archery was well supported by Central locals on March 23. PHOTO: Supplied

More than 30 people attended an archery ‘have a go day’ held in Central in late March.


Organiser Ben Paterson said it was an awesome turnout of three groups of about 10-12 people, each trying the sport.



Ben thanked members of the Deep South Archery Club who travelled to help with the day, providing coaching, archery gear and tips to new archers. 


“Ardy Ayto, Jason Dickson and Jason Stevens came up from Invercargill for the day . . . a big thanks to them,” Ben said.


Anyone aged 10 upwards can enjoy archery, according to organiser Ben. PHOTO: Supplied 


The day, hosted in Earnscleugh, covered the basics of archery, including safety and technique.



Following the success of the trial, Ben is hoping to run another archery day later in winter or early spring.


Beautiful autumn weather of blue sky and sunshine made the session memorable. PHOTO: Supplied 


“[I’ve got] the goal of building a club that has regular meetings and mini [competitions] with the Invercargill and Dunedin clubs.


“There are a few hoops to jump through to become an official club, so I am hoping to be able to piggyback off the Deep South club and become a sub-branch.” 



Ben is training to become a coach involving theory and practical components at the end of this month. 


Email Ben at [email protected] for more information.