SHARP: Archers Joe Ansell, Wayne Prince, Dave McGuire, Clint Chenoweth and Allan Hall.
SHARP: Archers Joe Ansell, Wayne Prince, Dave McGuire, Clint Chenoweth and Allan Hall. Jessica McGrath

Shoot to prove archers' strength and fitness

ARCHERY: Archers gathered together in Nanango for a very different test of strength and fitness.

The Barambah Bowhunters hosted an inter-club-shoot over the weekend in Nanango.

Barambah Club vice president Joe Ansell said they had close to 60 competitors for the Zone D shoot.

"It is a really challenging sort of sport,” he said.

"It's a lot of fitness and strength which comes into it.”

The key to a successful shot in archery is practice.

Ansell said serious archers focus on cognitive training so the shooting becomes instinctive.

On Saturday they used ABA vinyl target shoots, which consisted of a three score zones and different categories.

They will often rotate through a variety of different competitions such as traditional shoots, moving targets and night-time shoots.

The types of bows varied between the athletes.

Some had different weights, while others were more traditional or were more technical.

Ansell has been with the club for more than three years.

"It is a nice relaxing sport, a good way to go hunting with a bow,” he said.

He changed to archery after previously pursuing rifle shooting as his chosen sport.

"It is too easy to hunt an animal, with a bow and arrow you only have a 10 per cent chance of hitting one,” Ansell said.

Barambah Bowhunters regularly hosts open days for aspiring archers of any age to come and try out the sport.

The next Barambah Fun Day will be held on July 14 from 8.30am-noon and will have qualified instructors to guide the archers.

For more information about the open days call 0447032122.

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