King takes aim on archery

Lauren Seco, OP/ED Editor

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Junior Heather King has been participating in archery since she was eight years old, and she started competitive archery during her early middle school years. While she hasn’t been doing it lately, she is a knowledgeable on all archery tips and tricks.

    The normal archery competition doesn’t exactly look like Brave. According to King, “You get assigned a lane, and there’s usually two people per lane, one on top and one on the bottom where you have your target.” The person on top goes first followed by the bottom.

    Usually there’s ten rounds with “twenty rounds total with three arrows per round.” After ten rounds on the bottom, the competitor would switch their target to the top for the second half of the completion.

    The scoring of a competition can vary depending on types of targets. King stares that, a lot of different archery organizations score differently.” The inner circle is always worth the most points, and the outer circle is worth the least. These targets can be made as simple or as complex as the competition favors.

    To even get to that level of archery, an athlete needs to get the proper equipment. The essentials include a bow, arrows, and a release. King adds that there are “a bunch of different” releases to choose from and it all depends on the archer’s preferences. Other add ons to a bow would include a stabilizer, a sight, and anything anyone really wants to add to it. The archer also includes that there’s even gadgets to stop a bow from rattling after it is shot.

    To train, King usually set up targets in her backyard with her step-dad and practiced, but she also went to Autumn Sky, an archery shop. “At the archery shop, a lot of people were experienced and showed me to do this rather than this for my form,” she adds. This can be really helpful for someone just starting out to get a feel on how to handle a bow.

    King’s favorite archery moment was when she “was 9, and had a hunting bow rather than a fancy bow, [she and some others] had a competition and [she] shot a ping pong ball from 20 yards.”