The Byron Archery Club’s first annual South of the Border Showdown was a great success for all according to club president Vinnie Bleakley.
The Junior Matchplay Tournament was held on Saturday May 27 at Byron Bay’s Cavanbah Centre and attracted 18 competitors in three classes, aged 8–16.
‘This was the first of what we hope is an annual event. Everything went without a hitch,’ Vinnie said. ‘There was a really strong field’.
‘We got great feedback on the facilities and the type of event we run,’ he said.
The event started with a barbecue breakfast at 7.30am and went till about 3.30pm.
The archers got to shoot 150 scoring arrows across the day. ‘For the younger archers the event becomes as much an exercise in stamina as accuracy,’ he said.
There was a novice division for archers new to competition as well as separate recurve and compound bow divisions.
Division 4 Mixed:
Molly Phillips (gold), Kate Tully (silver) and Harley Penfold (bronze).
Lara Bezzina (gold), Lily Meagher (silver) and Jaymie Wood (bronze).
Ben Lyons (gold), Daniel French (silver), Jabara Callaghan-Audet (bronze).