Gold Coasters hit a bullseye for archery popularity

3 Jul


By Sam Fryer, Bond University journalism student

Archery is quickly growing in popularity on the Gold Coast with the rise in archery-themed films.

The membership of archery club Pacific Bowmen has doubled in the past year, with an influx of younger members.

Club coach Kobi Lane said monthly lessons were often booked out, with around 50 new members having signed up.

He said the younger members got very excited and were inspired by the characters they see in movies and television.

“The kids are amazed by how fast the TV characters learn it – but they don’t realise the technicality of archery,” he said.

While modern equipment is mostly very complex, Kobi said recent movies and television had created a new trend.

“People are switching compound bows for recurves and long bows,” he said.

“It seems medieval bows are back in fashion – because of shows like Arrow.”

Australian Bowhunters Association (ABA) coach and veteran archer Ben Fitzpatrick said the same trend follows at Gold Coast Archery Club in Tallebudgera Valley.

“It’s changing the face of archery – more women, children and families are getting involved,” he said.

“The sport used to be dominated by older people; the whole demographic has changed since movies like Robin Hood and The Hunger Games.”

“Kids see the heroine running around with a bow and they instantly want to become involved in the sport.”

Kobi said the sport was safe and suitable for all ages.

“We have four-year-olds and 75-year-olds participating,” he said.

“Over the 30 years that the club [Pacific Bowmen] has existed, no person has been seriously injured.”

He said aside from teaching the practice of shooting, archery instilled numerous values.

“The sport teaches the younger generations to be confident, to focus, to listen and to be role models to one another.”

Anyone wanting to get involved can contact Pacific Bowmen head coach Graham Holiday on 0438 426 632.

Caption: Pacific Bowmen coach Kobi Lane leading by example


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