Quesnel River Archers like to have fun

Local archers always aiming for the elusive bull’s-eye

Quesnel River Archers members had a pair of fun shoots at their indoor facility on Reid Street on Dec. 16.

The place was packed for the younger shooters and likely it would be busy for the adult archers, too.

Like most archery events, there was a buzz of activity highlighted by happy chatter and laughter.

However, it was calm and serious as soon as the target shooting took place because safety in the No. 1 rule for the club.

It was a friendly competition with prizes being candies.

The Quesnel Observer set up interviews with a long-time archer and a rookie enthusiast.

Bryson Watson

The 16-year-old has been shooting with the Quesnel River Archers for 12 years.

Noting that his grandfather own’s Watson Custom Archery Supplies in Red Bluff, Bryson says his whole family shoots, “so it’s kind of been bred into me.”

However, Bryson took a six-year break from archery and just got back into the sport last year.

“Right now, I’m shooting my compound and bare bow recurve.”

Bryson will be competing 15-16 years class in the BC Winter Games in Kamloops on Feb. 22-25.

Noting he hasn’t competed in the games before, Bryson says he’s “hoping to do my best when I’m there.”

He does a lot of practising with both his compound and recurve bow.

“I shoot at home. I shoot down here [indoor facility] and I shoot at my grampa’s house. I shoot everyday.

“My grampa has helped me so much. I can’t thank him enough.”

Alison Dewling

The 14-year-old Quesnel Junior School student just started archery this year and she loves it.

“I kind of tried other sports and I hadn’t tried this one before and my mom pointed it out to me. I tried it and I just went from there.”

Alison says she is moving along nicely as she tries to get the archery fundamentals down.

“I’m working on my release and getting that motion behind my head, which is hard to do.”

She uses her fingers to release because she shoots with a recurve bow.

Noting she uses a club bow, Alison says she’s saving her money to get her own bow.

Just Posted

Cross-country season finishes with some impressive results from Quesnel runners

Ruby Nicholas finished 7th at the provincials in Nanaimo

City, CRD approve potential referendum for rec centre upgrades

A referendum would only go through if the Joint Planning Committee receives a significant grant

Snow, sleet and rain predicted until Friday

Quesnel could see up to 5 cm of snow fall on Thursday

UPDATE: West Fraser to permanently reduce production in Quesnel, Fraser Lake

The move will affect 75 employees in Quesnel, 60 in Fraser Lake

Bus company eyeing passenger and cargo service departing from Williams Lake, stopping in Quesnel

Merritt Bus Shuttle Services Ltd. would have a driver based in Williams Lake for the route to Prince George

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

EU divorce deal in peril after two UK Cabinet ministers quit

Negotiators from Britain and the European Union have struck a proposed divorce deal that will be presented to politicians on both sides for approval, officials in London and Brussels said Tuesday.

Feds respond to sexual assault investigation at B.C. naval base

Report of Oct. 5 sexual assault on Vancouver Island base taken over by Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

Northern California fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

Many of the missing are elderly and from Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 to the north of Paradise.

Canfor to buy 70 per cent stake in Swedish Vida Group for $580 million

The privately held company has nine sawmills in southern Sweden with an annual production capacity of 1.1 billion board feet.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi’s killing

Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor is recommending the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Mixing business and family: Trudeau turns to Singapore ancestors to widen trade

Trudeau’s ancestor, Esther Bernard, born Farquhar (1796-1838) was the daughter of Major-General William Farquhar (1774-1839), the first British Resident and Commandant of Singapore.

Baloney Meter: Will tougher penalties for gang members make Canada safer?

Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled

Early data suggests no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization: police

Some departments said it’s too early to provide data, others said initial numbers suggest stoned driving isn’t on the rise

Most Read