A Bullseye for Archery

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

Flying arrows raced toward the bullseye in London Saturday as Bush Elementary School held its second annual student archery tournament.

The humble bow and arrow has come to symbolize many things through the generations: an instrument of hunting, war, and on the grounds of bush elementary school Saturday, sport.

“Today we are at bush elementary school, and this is our second annual archery tournament,” says Jennifer Gilbert, a tournament official.

Student archers representing area schools came out to compete, many saying it’s an activity they love.

“It’s like it's really fun. It gets kind of nerve racking, but then it gets so fun…just shooting and being with your friends,” says Emma Smith, a student archer.

Fun? Yes. Easy? No.

“It kind of takes awhile to get to know where you are aiming, and how you're going to shoot towards it. It’s kind of scary at first,” says Grace Barton, another student archer at the tournament Saturday.

Archery has been offered at many schools for years but something significant happened last season.

“As of last year the state started this as a high school sanctioned sport where they had a state tournament last year,” says Mark Wells, archery coach at Bush Elementary School.

He says this decision has re-invigorated those who participate in the sport with new ambitions.

“That has really changed the way archery is being looked at, now it’s being looked at in different ways. College scholarships are out there right now. This is now a jump- start for kids to maybe get there who couldn't get there any other way,” Wells said.

Yes, the roles have evolved, but bows and arrows are still doing today what they were always designed for: to give those who wield them well an advantage.

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