The bow and arrow dates back to prehistoric times, however, the art of archery is alive worldwide. In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) promotes inclusive participation for young athletes of all physical levels in archery through the National Archery in the School Programs (NASP). With this program, more opportunities have become available for Saskatchewan youth to explore the sport, and this year, young archers from across Saskatchewan and Canada competed in the Canadian National Archery Championship held in Regina.
The championship took place over three days at the EventPlex with close to 900 participants from grades 4 to 12.
Watching the archers line up, raising their bows and simultaneously shooting at the 40 plus targets creates a sound like you have never heard before. The very heart of archery is learning a step-by-step method for drawing a bow and shooting an arrow. Even the youngest archers quickly learn that by slowing down and focusing on one step at a time, they are more successful at putting arrows in the middle of the target.
This was one thing I really appreciated throughout the event, the focus and quietness of the sport. Archery involves focus and self-discipline — a great recipe for sucess in the sport, the classroom and in life.
If you ever get the chance to try archery, I highly recommend it!
Thank you for reading,