February Newsletter

Welcome to the February Newsletter, this month we take a brief look at archery kit, how to know what to get and where to get it.

First off your club should have some kit for you to use or try, you will probably have used this kit during your beginners course, so you will be familiar with what you like and dislike about it. Speak to your coach and other club members to see if there is some other spare kit that you can try. Always try before you buy.

Second hand kit is a good way to start piecing together all the various bits and pieces you need for a complete set up, and eventually will build your stock or spares and repair kit. Ask around your club for who is selling what or sign up to the many Facebook second hand archery groups such as Pre Owned Archery Equipment and Archery Scotland.

The important things to know first are what your draw length is and what bow weight you will likely end up drawing. World Archery has a good guide to getting a recurve bow, and here is a good one for compound bows.

If you must buy brand new, there are several suppliers in the UK, Archery GB has a good list of archery suppliers on their website here. You may have to shop around to find different bits and pieces from different shops though.

Nathan McQueen - Dubai Para Team Warm Weather Training

Dubai has always been a good place for me to go and shoot but I never imagined I'd have such a successful trip as this year. Things started off reasonably well in the ranking round - shot a few too many silly arrows but was pretty happy considering it was the 1st out of the year but that head to head is where it really came together. I set myself the task of not shooting under 142 in the head to heads and I managed to shoot 144, 144, 146.
Then it was the finals against Alberto I knew how to beat him but just went and did my thing didn't concentrate on what he was shooting and I pulled it off beating the world's number one happy didn't cover how I was feeling still can't believe it to this day to be fair. I'd also like to thank the Scottish Archery Association and Disability Sport Scotland and anyone else who donated on my 'go fund me' to help me get there as it wasn't a funded trip.

Its a Showdown

The Eastern Area Junior and Novice Showdown is designed to encourage new archers to attend competitions. There are three rounds, each of only 30 arrows carried out in a relaxed format. Round 2 took place in February and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day with lots of improved scores from Round 1, and lots of learning about what to do and not to do at a competition. Congratulations to all those that took part and thanks to Josie Herd and Balbardie Archers for their help and use of equipment.

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