North Shore Times : January 24th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 30 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 24, 2013 SPORT Queues at the box office are transforming into waiting lists at archery clubs as people line up to try the sport depicted in their favourite films. The Hollywood blockbusters may draw newcomers in but as members of Shore Archery tell reporter Felicity Reid the actors can make it look easy. Archers take their best shot at sport On target: Some of Shore Archery Club's youngest members Kate Gustaeson, 12, Aimee Butcher, 11, and Megan Saunders, 15. Girl power: Movies made these girls pick up a bow and arrow. Competitive streak: Mick Johannisson switched from water polo to archery but he is still shooting for gold. Photos: FELICITY REID Archery is frustrating and annoying but it is a relaxing sport in a lot of ways. You are always shooting against yourself. -- Barrie Beaumont She read the books, watched the movie and now joins the Sunday morning club shoot. The Hunger Games fanatic 12-year-old Kate Gustaeson is like many others around the world -- inspired to pick up a bow and arrow and emulate the characters of the 2012 film. Last week Kate was joined by good friend Aimee Butcher, 11, and 15-year-old Megan Saunders in shooting for gold from 35 metres in Glenfield. These girls have watched their fair share of archery on the big screen and have months of practice behind them but even they can lose an arrow beyond the target. Nestled behind the North Shore Events Centre and next door to Sunnybrae Bowl- ing Club, Shore Archery doesn't immediately catch your eye. But it doesn't need to when head coach Dennis Mroczkowskr says he is already struggling to keep up with demand. Beginners classes are full, waiting lists are long and there is a cross-section of people turning up. There are those who want to take it up as a serious sport and those looking for a bit of casual fun. Some are motivated by movies and others by the Olympic Games. More clubs in Auckland would lessen the load, but that is something for the future according to club president Mroczkowskr. He was a club, county and regional coach in England and asked to be a national coach before leaving for New Zealand. I wasn't taught very well to start with and I struggled. I got into coaching because I didn't want people to go down the same blind alleys I'd gone down.'' The greatest growth for the club over the past year is among women as well as juniors, but couples and parent-offspring combina- tions are common among the 60 members. A badly burst eardrum forced Mick Johannisson away from water polo and into archery two years ago. He has taken to it and so has his dad Eddie who now coaches the club's juniors. Mick, 17, will be one of the club's entrants at the North Island JAMA Championships in Rotorua in March where he'll hope to be competitive. But he is also wary of the sport's time commitments as he finishes his final year at Rangitoto College and looks to study medicine or science at university next year. Archery suits those who don't want to be in a team, Eddie says. We have a lot of loners turn up here.'' Some of Shore Archery's members have been around for decades and wish others would stick with the sport a bit longer. Barrie Beaumont is in his 70s, has been shooting at the club for more than 30 years and recently switched from a recurve bow to compound bow because of his fingers. Beaumont has seen many of the club's archers come and go, including 2000 New Zea- land Olympian Peter Ebden. Despite no longer shooting, even those who were only ever casual participants seem keen to keep hold of their bows. There must be a lot of archery equipment lying around. They don't come back to sell it,'' Beaumont says. Like other minority sports those who have been around a while are called on to help out with coaching the up-and- comers and Beaumont is no exception. Archery is frustrating and annoying but it is a relaxing sport in a lot of ways. You are always shooting against yourself.'' The Shore archers shoot outdoors from October to April and in the Mairangi Bay School hall between May and September.
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