.News 2013


At the 6th World Crossbow Shooting Association World Championships held on the island city of Visby, Sweden from August 11th to 17th, Mountain Archer Sharon Grimston competed winning Gold in Matchplay, Silver in Target and Bronze in team target.

In Matchplay (Assisted Womens) Sharon shot 77 points defeating Iris Bingham (GBR) 76 points.

In TC 900 Target shooting 65m,55m and 45m (at a 60cm face) Sharon Grimston (Aus) won silver shooting 1567 against Iris Bingham (GBR) who shot 1631. 

In Teams Target event the Australian team consisting of Deborah Upright (Southern Vales Archery Club, SA), Terry Lancaster (Newcastle Archers NSW) and Sharon Grimston (Mountain Archers, NSW)won Bronze. They actually shot exactly the same score as Sweden but got one more x over two days shooting. Sharon shot exactly the same score 1567 that she got in the TC900 event. Finland won this event, Estonia(2) got silver, Great Britian came 5th.

Sharon Grimston was recently nominated for Athlete of the Year with a Disability, this is the first time archery has been represented at this event. At the recently held NSW Sports Federation dinner, Erik Horrie took out the award with his efforts being recognised mens arms and shoulders single scull in rowing. Erik eclipsed the previous world record by 10 seconds.




Liona Lambert, 10, of Katoomba, with Trinity Moyle, 11, of Wentworth Falls and Melanie Farry, 14, of Katoomba. Photo and story BCLewis, Blue Mountains Gazette 27/11/13.
Hollywood blockbuster The Hunger Games is adding to a growth in interest in archery in the Blue Mountains among young girls.
Mountain Archery secretary Mat Bagley said girls had been steadily taking up the sport over the past few years since the book was published and now females accounted for about a quarter of the club’s 57 members.
Inspired by the lead character Katniss, who survives a terrifying future thanks to her bow and arrow skills, Mr Bagley said prospective members were looking for the adventure and mystique of the medieval sport.
Modern bows and arrows were now “very lightweight” also making the sport a little easier for girls, he said.
Mr Bagley said the “literature connection” had often inspired people to take up their sport.
“First Lord of the Rings, then the Ranger’s Apprentice books for the boys and now The Hunger Games for the girls,” he said. Ironfest in Lithgow, where children over eight got to try out the sport for 50 cents a shot, was also a big drawcard, he said.
Club member Aradia Ashton, 9, of Katoomba said she loved the movie which made archery “look like fun”. It was her second week with the club. Trinity Moyle and friend Liona Lambert picked up the sport two-and-a-half years ago and had enjoyed the books.
“A lot of people think it’s a boys sport but girls can do it too,” Liona, 10, of Katoomba, said, with Trinity adding that after reading the books she “liked the idea of [using] the bow”.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had its official opening at The Edge Cinema in Katoomba last week, with a joint competition with the cinema and Leura bookstore Megalong Books.
Several fans of the series dressed up for the event and despite a black-out due to a lightning strike on the cinema on Thursday’s opening night (forcing a re-staging of the early screening a night later) the event continued to draw big crowds. 
The second movie in the Hunger Games series took $12.5 million at the Australian box office in its first weekend, a 38 per cent increase on the $9.05 million opening weekend for the first film and a result in keeping with global trends.
Those keen on archery can see Mountain Archers train at Browntown Oval in Mt Victoria every Sunday from 9am to 12 noon or visit their website for more details: www.mountainarchers.com





2013  5th Highland Fling, Nov 10th brings welcome respite

The archers at the 2013 5th Highland Fling photo Jillian Pateman

During the recent bushfires Blue Mountains City Council had to close Browntown Oval to use as a base for refilling water bomber helicopters to fight the Grose Valley fire-front. The oval has been re-opened for use and Mountain Archers 2013 5th Highland Fling went on as advised on the ArcheryNSW Calendar. It was a free 90 arrow Canberra event, open to all current Archery Australia members, starting at 10am.

Conditions were light rain with light wind. The rain bought a welcome relief to all. Thanks to Jim Barber for his excellent layout of targets and Directing Shooting. Much thanks also to Michael Jameson of Jameson Archery Lithgow for donating prizes for a raffle that was held with a barbeque lunch. Thanks to Julie and Grant McGuire for their smooth running of the barbeque and for organising donations for a bushfire appeal fund for a family member who lost his house in the recent fires at Yellow Rock.

Results will be posted once we can sort the (wet) score sheets out.







 Photo above courtesy ironfest.net

Our club members recently picked up around 8000 arrows over two days at the hugely successful Lithgow Ironfest "Time Travel" 2013. We instructed at least 614 people in basic technique and a good and safe time was had by all.

Extra thanks this year to all club members involved, it went pretty smoothly, even on the slightly rainy Saturday. Especially Ian and Chris O Neill, Stephane and Liona Lambert, Mat and Uldis Bagley,
Kevin Girard, Belinda Lalich, Tony and Nicholas Grant and family, Simon, Jenny, Lachlan and Ella Gray, Matthias and Bettina Haydon-Schulz, Michael and Mark Jamison (archery gear available cnr Great Western Highway and Reserve Road Marrangarroo), Matt Suckling, James Hayward, Peter and Helen Austin, Chris Ward, Alec-Dudley Bestow, Greg Gibson, Ngaire Breen and Jim Barber. Apologies to people if I have left you off this list you know your efforts were appreciated.


Photo courtesy sftv.com 

11 Archers pass April course

Well done to the eleven archers who have passed the April course. Welcome to the club and happy practising.



Mountain Archers ran a successful January and February Advanced Come'n Try Beginners Class with 10 Archers earning their certificates. 11 Archers then went on in April to graduate as well.
Three of these beginners have now joined the club, we welcome Declan McGuire, Jon Newell and Oskar Dalkin. It has been quite wet seemingly just over the weekends this summer, which has lead to the unusual step of having to cancel some Sunday sessions.


 Above: Some photos of archers enjoying our beginners classes alongside club members, by club member and photographer, Andrew Peary.  


10 Archers pass Jan/February course

Congratulations to 10 Archers who attended four or more Advanced Come 'n Try archery classes and recieved their certificates. These archers; Jon Newell, Declan Maguire, Ned Lanyon, Kelly Shepherd, Ella Bagley, Hamish Clark, Saxon Clark, Jay Dannat, Josh Garment and James Barrell, all displayed a willingness to learn and several have commenced to join the club. We look forward to seeing you improve on the practise range.

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