Wide Bay archers aim high
THE FINAL round of the Wide Bay Archers championships series was held on the weekend but competitors won’t know the official results until this weekend, when the club will hold an official presentation night and announce the club champions for 2009.
It has been an exciting year for the club, with two of its members winning state titles and a lot of new, young talent emerging from the ranks.
Club member Anna Lynch has watched on with pride as her son, Jacob Lynch, went from competing in the boys competition last year to the mens competition this year – and made the transition almost seamlessly.
Lynch had won the boys junior titles four years in a row and, now competing in the mens division, he is a good chance of taking out the mens title now as well.
The 17-year-old also won a state title this year as well, going to Ipswich to compete.
He isn’t the only state champion in the club, however – Kersten Knudsen competed in a junior competition and beat both male and female competitors to take home the state title.
The members of the Wide Bay Archers club have been competing over 12 divisions during the year.
These included the senior overall mens champion, the overall mens sighted champion, overall ladies champion, overall ladies sighted champion, overall junior boys champion, overall sight junior boys champion, overall girls champion, overall sighted girls champion, cub boys champion, cub girls champion, sighted champion and an encouragement award.
About 50 competitors took part in the final round on the weekend, including 13 juniors.
“We’ve had a really good year,” Anna said.
The final round, along with every round this year, was held over two Sundays to make sure everyone got a chance at competing.
Those available on both days were able to shoot twice, with their best score going towards their final result.
“It was quite hot but everyone tried really hard,” Anna said.