THE fledgling Emerald Archery Club has shot for the stars and found its mark, bringing home a staggering 14 medals from the field archery national titles.
Club coach David Brewer competed in the Men's Bowhunter UnLimitedA-grade and took home a silver medal in the 3D round to go with fourth place in the paper round.
"It was the highest division of the lot," Brewer said.
"There were members of the world championship team there.
"There's a lot of pressure there, and a lot of competition."
Brewer was pleased to perform so strongly in a field of about 30 competitors.
"My goal was to go top three in both (rounds)," he said.
"To do well in both styles was very good."
But he said the most impressive performances of the tournament came from the club's junior members.
Although he has been shooting just five months, 12-year-old Zac Donachyclaimed the gold medal in the Cub Boys Bowhunter Compound C-grade 3D round.
Donachy's mother, Tammy, said he was ecstatic to win gold.
"He was completely amazed," Tammy said.
"He was just beside himself."
Tammy said Donachy's performance was far beyond what they had hoped he would achieve.
"He's only very, very new to the sport," she said.
"We were just expecting him to have a good time.
"We didn't expect it at all.
"It was a huge surprise - not that we didn't have faith in his talent.
"We are just so proud."
She said Donachy had displayed immediate skill in archery.
"He's taken to it very well," she said.
"He's really enjoying it.
"He's just obviously got an eye for that sort of thing."
Tammy said Donachy would improve even more with more experience in the sport.
"I just think that he can only really go up from here," she said.
"He will go up a grade next year.
"With more he can only get better."
Our Juniors performed well at Saxon Archery Club at the recent South Queensland vs. Central Queensland Challenge held 6th and 7th July. Mitchell not only won his division but also won the under 13 boys overall.
Michael, Will, Connor and Mitchell showing the reward for their practice. Saxon was a great event with great competition and sportsmanship on display. The ranges where a challenge that kept everyone playing hard all weekend.
Subman presents Daniel with our first Shot of the Week Award. Daniel has made continuous improvements at each shoot he has attended and continues to meet the goals he sets for himself. Daniel continues to help around the club and keeps a look out for our young archers to keep our sport safe.
Well Done Daniel.
Emerald Archery Club Members travelled to the Invitational Competition hosted by Wide Bay Archers on the 23rd and 24th of Feb. It was a great result for the Club with Mitchell, Caitlin and Susan all winning their divisions.
To get our club off to a great start we held an open day on Saturday February 9th. The coaches were available to answer questions and and fit out new archers that wanted to have a go. It was a day our coaches will not forget. Thankyou to all those people that came and visited our club. We had over 50 people try out and 26 new members. If you would like to come along and have a go you are more than welcome, please let us know if you are interested so we can be sure to have a coach on hand to assist with your needs.
As always, all members of the family are welcome.
Mitchell cleaned up the competion on the weekend with a personal best weekend result. 8 year old Mitchell took out first place against archers from all over Central Queensland. Mitchell competes against boys under 13 so he did really well to hold his own.