Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Good Eye and a Steady Hand Makes a Top Archer; for Someone Who Wants Something a Bit Different

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Good Eye and a Steady Hand Makes a Top Archer; for Someone Who Wants Something a Bit Different

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Byline: WORDS: Doug Gillett

WHEN Bundaberg Saxon Archery Club member Jesse Hart steps up to the target and takes aim with his custom-designed carbon-fibre compound bow, one gets the feeling that he's been at this for a while.

Mr Hart narrows his eyes into an intense gaze, peering through the glow of the afternoon sun, and focuses upon a target depicting a life-size boar about 50m away.

There is a quiet moment of contemplation, a tilting of the bow skyward and then back down in line with the target, and a shuffling of feet as he readjusts his position.

He pulls the string back with equal parts finesse and force and brings the sleek black blow close to his face until it is almost resting upon the side of his head.

When the arrow is released, it leaves the bow with a sharp twang and flies towards the target, piercing through the chest of the cardboard cut-out beast with a satisfying thud.

Mr Hart turns around from the practice range at Bundaberg Saxon Archery Club's Quinns Rd range with a smile and then rubs away some imaginary dust from his prized bow.

A sleek jet-black contraption covered in skulls and crossbones, with enough power to fire arrows at more than 110 metres a second, it is surely a teenager's dream.

It takes a sharp eye to spot the arrow in mid-flight.

The aspiring archer only began practising the craft 12 months ago when his football team folded, but has excelled thanks to regular training sessions.

C[pounds sterling]I love it,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]I loved my football too, but this is something different, I suppose one of the advantages of this is that you can do it whenever you want.C[yen]

Mr Hart is one of about 75 Bundaberg Saxon Archery Club members who make regular visits to the three archery ranges spread out among dense scrubland on Quinns Rd in the Bucca area.

Each Sunday, members slowly make their way around the ranges, named swamp, channel and clubhouse, after the area each inhabits, as part of the club's regular competition. …

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