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Top archers descend on the Sault this weekend for provincial championship

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Dozens of Ontario’s top young archers will be in the Sault this weekend as the city hosts this year’s provincial archery championship.

The sport has gained popularity in recent years, and with inclusive events for prospective participants throughout the summer, local officials said this could create even more growth.

Precision will be important, and arrows will be aplenty, as youth ages 8-20 compete for this year’s provincial archery championship.

Lachlyn Good, 16, has been in the sport for eight years and now even coaches young archers. Good said she is excited for Friday’s launch of the event, in what will be her third year competing.

"You get to meet new people, learn about their experiences,” she said.

“Meanwhile, if you got friends in archery, you get to go and do something with them.”

The competition will start with an afternoon of fun, then a full day endurance trial, with head-to-head-matchups to close it out.

"A lot of kids will go from this shoot to our other provincial all-age championships and then to nationals, and some of them have actually already competed on the international level,” said Lana Perry from Arrows in Motion Archery.

“So that's great role modelling for some of those other ones that are coming up to be like, 'I can be that someday.'”

The sport already boasts more than 300 active archers in the Algoma district, but events like the one this weekend could entice even more to pick up the bow.

Hosting means a lot to the local archery community, knowing that fellow Saultites can cheer them on.

"It's just nice to have them there and … make them feel proud because we're doing this,” Good said.

“We're shooting 50 metres for 70 and 72 arrows each time.”

"For this being on the Rocky DiPietro Fields and we've got the bleachers and we've got lots of room for spectators, I'd love to see anybody in the city come out and check it out,” Perry added.

The Archery Provincial Youth Championship begins at 5 p.m. Friday and wraps up around noon on Sunday.

The Algoma Rod & Gun Club also has events coming up for the rest of the community this summer. It starts with Ladies Night at the Range taking place July 11, with archery, as well as pistols, shotguns and rifles available for shooting. 

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