Members of the Quesnel River Archers use some of their new equipment. (Quesnel River Archers Facebook)

Members of the Quesnel River Archers use some of their new equipment. (Quesnel River Archers Facebook)

Quesnel River Archers back on target thanks to grant

A Canadian Tire Jumpstart grant helped buy new equipment and cover rent through the pandemic

The Quesnel River Archers have returned to shooting this fall, with an assist from Canadian Tire.

The archery group received $8,500 from the Jumpstart program, which president Stuart Murray said they used to help cover their rent, and purchase new equipment.

“With COVID-19 we pretty much had to shut down all of our fundraising and things like that over the last year and a half,” he said, adding in cancelled events meant a loss of around $15,000 for the group.

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The new equipment includes bows for their Junior Olympian program.

Murray said everyone aside from youth has to be double-vaccinated to enter the club, including coaches, volunteers and parents.

“Everybody is super eager to get back shooting,” he said.

Members of the Quesnel River Archers will be competing for a spot on team Northern BC for the BC Winter Games on Nov. 14.

The Jumpstart program gives funds to organizations across Canada to help kids participate in organized sports. When Jumpstart announced a sport relief fund to help organizations affected by COVID-19, they received over 1,000 applications.

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