Dowd wins back to back archery Branch D title at Nanango
A TRIP north was well worth it for Ipswich archer Jeannette Dowd, who finished the top woman in Branch D.
Dowd secured back to back ladies' bowman of the year for her division at the weekend's Queensland Branch Title shoot at Nanango's Barambah Bowhunters and Field Archers Association.
With more than three decades of practice, Dowd appeared to take on the 20 animal-shaped targets at varied lengths with ease.
"I'm shooting pretty well," Dowd said.
The old sporting adage of practice makes perfect was just part of Dowd's success story at the weekend.
"Concentration and practice (is key)," she said.
"We do hunting and target shooting, which I do most weekends."
All this practice helped her retain her title not only last year, but a number of times in previous years.
After Dowd was introduced into the sport by her husband Kev, it became a passion for her which she passed on to her children.
Archery also extended into Dowd's work life.
"Now I've got an archery shop. I've got a job in my passion," she said. Dowd was one of many archers who came from the full stretch of Branch D which runs from the Sunshine Coast to Charleville and competed at the Queensland Branch Title.
Barambah Bowhunters and Field Archers Association's Jim Heiman said 135 archers competed at the weekend.
This meant there was a lot of diversity on the range when it came to forms of archery.
"We have got a lot of people with sights and bare bows," Heiman said.
"And then we've got the people with recurves and longbows.
"There are all different people who do it, from doctors and lawyers through to labourers."
Return to the past
ONE of the archers who favoured the more traditional form of the sport was the Barambah club's Adrianna Speight.
Like many of the other archers, Adrianna picked up the sport from her husband Keith.
Keith did not compete at the weekend but said Adrianna had potential to do well.
"She's not bad for an old sheila," Keith said.
"She's got six or eight gold medals for the Pan Pacific masters."
As the national president of traditional bows, Keith passed on his interest to his wife.
Keith started archery 53 years ago when he was a teenager.
"I grew up in a little country town down in Mitchell near Melbourne, and I just wandered down to a club and that was that," he said.
From there his passion for the target sport grew and grew.
"It's a game where you can keep your enthusiasm," Keith said.
Particularly favouring the traditional recurves and longbows for the simplicity and rawness, Keith climbed the ladder to become the national president of traditional bows.
Keith tried his hand with the modern compound bows but did not find the same satisfaction.
"I picked up a long bow about 20 years ago (after the compounds) and haven't put it down since," he said.
"In my heart and my mind, there is nothing better than seeing a bit of wood and string shoot an arrow.
"I think it's more romantic."