Local archers hit mark at B.C. Seniors Games

A number of local archers took home medals at the recent B.C. Seniors Games.

Local archer Jeanette McGregor with her load of gold for target and 3-D archery events at the recent BC Seniors Games.

The B.C. Seniors Games just wrapped up and is an annual event, which was hosted by Trail, Castlegar and Nelson this year.

The various sports were divvied up among the three communities and the archery events were held at the Trail shooting sports facility – the Trail archery club did a terrific job of organizing the whole affair.

As for the local gang, it did a pretty darn good job of representing the area. For Zone 6, which covers from Greenwood to Salmo, the majority of the archers were from Grand Forks and Christina Lake.

Over three days, two separate archery disciplines were shot.  One was pure target shooting on an open field at fixed distances up to 55 m.

The other was a 3-D event, in which archers followed a course through the forest and encountered targets at varying distances and under difficult conditions, such as interfering shadows and awkward shooting stances.

So how well did we do in the medal count?  Very well indeed, the results for the different age categories being as follows:

Recurve (traditional) Bow

Larry Podmoroff     –  Target: Gold, 3-D: Gold

Compound Bow

Jeanette McGregor – Target: Gold, 3-D: Gold

Hal Wilkie              – Target: Gold, 3-D: Gold

Jack Lucke             – Target: Gold, 3-D: Silver

Bryan Schneider     – Target: Silver, 3-D: Silver

Merv Allin               – 3-D: Bronze

Rick Jones              – Target: Bronze

Randy Grant (Castlegar) – 3-D: Bronze

It should be noted that there was some extremely tough competition, including the likes of the current Canadian Over-50 3-D champion Al Campsall from Wiliams Lake, who showed us all why he has that title.

But everyone in our contingent shot very well, results that stem from an enthusiastic commitment for the past year.

We encourage any new, interested shooters of any age to contact Don Bedard at 250-447-2627 or Jack Lucke at 250-442 8488 and to come out to our weekly practices at the Grand Forks Wildlife Hall.

– Submitted by Jack Lucke