A Boy And His Bow
Something I have wanted to write about for sometime now is Lewis’s love for his new hobby/sport. Archery.
Where His Archery Began
Lewis started Archery back in January 2017 at an after school club at his previous Primary School, it was only soft archery but it was that sample which really gave him the taste for wanting to do more.
He would come home from his weekly after school club and tell me all about his attempt at the soft archery and ask if he could try real archery. After about the 3rd week of him asking I told him i’d take a look into it for him.
I contacted our local archery club, Bowbrook Archers and was informed Lewis would need to be 8 years old to take part in a 6 week beginners course and their next course was beginning in June, the week after Lewis’s 8th birthday. He was delighted to hear that I’d booked him on this course and couldn’t wait for his birthday.
12 months after the starting and completing the course Lewis is now a member of the club, has his own kit and enjoys practising at least 3-4 times a week.
Lewis owns what is called a recurve bow, shown in the picture above, you can find more details here and has a sight on his bow, allowing him to gain a slight advantage and more consistent shots at the target.
This season Lewis has taken part in Shropshire Archery Society’s outdoor Heritage competitions. Enjoying being part of a wider archery community, the social banter within this club team and meeting other young archers from other clubs too. Lewis has particularly enjoyed being part of these competitions, winning various medals for his archery.
At the end of August Lewis was invited to be part of Team West Midlands competing against the East Midlands in the inter-county Competition. Lewis’s was delighted to be part of the team, gaining more confidence in his archery.
Now the winter season has arrived he will be undergoing some coaching, working on his skill, posture and more. So now we are taking a couple of months off competitions, spending a lot of time practising and working on what’s been taught.