LOCAL ARCHERS: (From left) Len Butler, of Ballina, Jeff Rickard, of Wardell, Bob Rawlins, of Ballina, and Brian Kelly, of Lennox Head, practice their archery skills at Wardell.
LOCAL ARCHERS: (From left) Len Butler, of Ballina, Jeff Rickard, of Wardell, Bob Rawlins, of Ballina, and Brian Kelly, of Lennox Head, practice their archery skills at Wardell. Samantha Elley

Archers take aim at local venues

THE sport of archery may have inspired new converts after the Olympics but some members from the Ballina Devils Archers have been regular devotees for many years.

Len Butler of Ballina, Jeff Rickard of Wardell, Bob Rawlins of Ballina and Brian Kelly of Lennox Head practice regularly in Wardell with their very modern bows and arrows every Wednesday.

"We shoot at Ballina on weekends but like to practice here during the week," Mr Rawlins said.

Between the four men there is 64 years of archery experience and their equipment is very high-tech.

"We score with our own arrows depending on the different zones we hit on the target," Mr Rawlins said.

"We shoot six arrows in each end and 90 in a Canberra round."

A perfect score in archery is 900 but that would mean hitting 90 bullseyes in a round.

"I haven't quite done that yet," Mr Rawlins laughed.

"(Archery) is a different sport, something you can do all your life."

People interested in finding out more can contact Maureen Taylor at the Ballina Devils Archers Club at Saunders Oval on 6686 3026.

Accredited coaches are available to show people how to shoot and what gear to buy.

Get involved

Ballina Devils Archers Club is located at Saunders Oval and can be contacted on 6686 3026. Ask for Maureen Taylor.

Archery competitions are held every weekend.



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