So once again the South Island Junior Archers Championships came round…. this year was different though as our small but rapidly growing club were hosting them…the first big competition we’ve hosted. Two days of shooting for the children on the Saturday and Sunday – and many more days of planning and organising for the Committee and parents who volunteered their time to help out.
For hubby and I it involved lots of firsts because we’ve become more and more involved with the Club since J joined – hubby is now the Equipment Manager and I’m the Club Secretary. So from a committee and parent volunteer point of view we were involved in the organisation and “doing” for the days. I have a white folder which had all the minutes of meetings and job lists for things to do and that had been done….it became infamous and if I had that folder people would avoid making eye contact with me….not that that saved them LOL!!
Fortunately I took some days off running up to and including the comp….bit of an after thought but I’m glad I did because I needed them for all the last minute things I kept thinking of!
On the Friday came the first big learning curve…laying out the range. (I think though I’ve got a pretty good idea of how to do it now thanks to Tim our President who fortunately did know how to!).
Friday we started around 10am and went on till early evening…
Lines had to be put own first (thanks to the line marker we borrowed from the cricket club that was a much easier process) but a spray can and tape measure were needed and lots of bending to mark where the target centres needed to be positioned (I now have ingrained in my head 1.25 metres in from the edge of the lane !). Targets were constructed and left out ready for the next day. Safety areas were set out (it’s amazing even when people see a sign saying archery in progress they just walk right on through never giving a thought to the fact that an arrow could kill them!)
T had spent days making the target stands (14 of them) and they did the job wonderfully although it was a pity the new bosses didn’t arrive in time (Cyclone Lusi that blew through NZ saw to that…thanks a bunch)..but our very kind friends at another club leant us extra material so we had enough bosses for the day.
Saturday and Sunday we had to get up at 6am and were at the range in the dawn light for just before 7am…J was in his onesie with a sleeping bag and a pillow in the back of the car so he could get a little more sleep (not that that happened) and Ali our treasurer did a BBQ breakfast whilst the volunteer ground crew got the targets ready for inspection by the judges……. Anne Mitchell who also happens to be the Vice President of Archery New Zealand and Logan Andrews. They were both lovely to the children and very kind to us given it was a huge learning curve.
Tim (Director of shooting) Anne (Head Judge) and Petra (Head Coach)
The line up was just over 40 archers and the weather was great both days which made it much easier for them.
Jo did a fantastic job as Team Manager making sure the children were all hydrated and fed….parents chipped in to help move targets, do a Sausage sizzle (which raised well needed funds for the club)….it was a fantastic effort all round and it makes me proud to be part of it.
Bruce D’Bear who is our mascot got a bit full of himself and took on the role of coach ..but hey what would you do…..and he’s a bit of a Romeo…chatting up archers from other clubs too
It was an amazing weekend …wish I’d taken some days off afterwards ..I was capoopered !!! …and before you ask yes that is a word and it sums up exactly how I felt lol!