The morning of Sunday, 22nd July felt good and our Eagles volunteers cruised in from 8am to begin setting up the TBAC range for the 3rd run of the Archery for Life initiative. Response was good with 19 participants. 5 target boards were moved into position along with the same number of our precious 3D targets.
Our Eagles’ cast for the day were:
Coordinator - Tyger Coaches - Decrepit (Lead), Don Quixote Registration - Kat, Tusen-Fryd Prize Presenter - JL Show and tell - Good Boy Demo Archers - Falcon, Venator, Shockwave, Vanquish Board Supervisors - Artist, Dark Knight, Garang, Goodboy, Lejolas, Minmaxer, Optimus, Red Dragon, Shockwave, Venator, Viper. Photographer - Isola
Participants began streaming in from 8:30am but our ever efficient Kat & Tusen-Fryd were ready sign them in. JL, (our link person with the CC) turned up early too, with the updated participant list. Registration and distribution of armguards/finger tabs proceeded without a hitch….. the veterans of 2 previous Tryout runs worked together like a well oiled machine. We also had 2 newbie Eagles volunteering (Minmaxer & Lejolas) ….. graduates from our inaugural AFL Tryout run 🙂 !
Tyger started off the event with a short welcome note and quick briefing on the morning’s programme. Of course, he could not help digressing into his usual sales pitch on the AFL Barebow Course and Provisional Membership package…. “Value, Value, Value….. at only $125!!!” 😛 He also extended his thanks to a very good turnout of volunteers, without whom such a programme would have been impossible to run. Good Boy then took over and played the role of Archery Historian, conducting a “Show and Tell” of the various types of bows. The bows were passed around for attendees to feel and appreciate. Thereafter, participants were treated to an archery skills demonstration by Falcon, Venator, Shockwave and Vanquish who displayed precision shooting, instinctive archery, horse-bow technique and whistling signal arrows.
This time, Don Quixote decided to put up his feet somewhat and arrowed the role of Conducting Coach to Decrepit…. our ever willing Philosopher Archer who jumped in to begin the shoot with a safety briefing. After which, our volunteers helped participants with the fitting out and familiarisation with the bow and arrow.
In less than one and a half hours, this batch of participants was getting noticeably better………. obvious from the board groupings that were looking smaller and smaller 🙂 . They were about to show their competitive mettle.
There was a 15-minute break from 10:45am, during which Tyger hijacked some air-time to promote archery as an affordable hobby, emphasizing that it is the Archer that matters and not the Equipment. We resumed shooting with 1-Arrow practice rounds for a competitive shoot. Archers at each board then competed amongst themselves to see who got nearest the centre (120cm target face) and nearest the yellow sticker (3D targets). There was a palpable air of tension and anxiety as archers shot one at a time. Competition was very stiff and one board even had a 1-arrow shoot-off. JL (our very own national compound archer) kindly graced our prize giving and the winners were each rewarded with a small novelty (but handy) token. That done, we decided to round off the event with another 1-Arrow competition amongst the winners. Each participant lined up to shoot 1 arrow at a 3D Boar. The eventual winner went home with a bucket hat that will come in useful in her future outdoor archery shoots. 🙂
We hope that everyone had a good time. We look forward to seeing more of you at the Telok Blangah Archery Club.
The next Archery for Life Tryout (Run 4 - scheduled on 21st October 2018) will be the last event for this series. So, do inform your friends not to miss taking part in Run 4. Eagles will take a break after that but you will always see us hovering around :P. The Telok Blangah Archery Club will be focusing on youth development next year. Please keep a lookout for publicity and announcements on this.