Young lady archer’s progress rewarded

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One of Pattaya Archery Club’s newest members has been awarded “The President’s Cup” for her outstanding progress from complete beginner to a competitive archer in just a few months.

The club provides fee initial coaching for anyone interested in finding out if they like to shoot a bow.  Those who start from this very basic point are automatically eligible for the chance to win “The President’s Cup.”  This is presented on a monthly basis to the archer who shows the most progress in the sport.

Sarah is presented with “The President’s Cup” by Eric Hearn, the club’s President (and coach).Sarah is presented with “The President’s Cup” by Eric Hearn, the club’s President (and coach).

The winner for the month of May is Sarah B.  She is a young lady from Scotland, who works as a teacher here in Pattaya.  She wanted “something different” to do at the weekends and so decided to have a go at archery, more out of curiosity.  After a couple of the club’s free coaching sessions she became hooked on the sport and bought her own bow, with all its accessories.

Like all newcomers to any sport she had her share of challenges and reversals.  But Sarah has a high level of motivation and determination, and is driven to excel in whatever she puts her mind to.

These personal qualities enabled Sarah to quickly absorb the advice of Eric, the club’s coach, and try out whatever changes he suggested until she developed her own archery style and technique.

Archery is often called “the thinking man’s sport” as excellence in archery is achieved by using mind control to replicate a flawless technique, for every arrow.  So for Sarah, archery is clearly “the thinking woman’s sport.”

When Sarah first started archery she encountered the usual problems that most beginners to the sport experience.  But her will to succeed meant that she only had to be told something once, and so her rate of progress was a joy to watch.

Like all newcomers to the club, she started shooting at 18 metres (the shortest distance in target archery) and once she could put most of her arrows in the centre of the target, she was determined to move on to shoot at the 30 metres target.

Again, even after just a few shots, she was peppering the centre of the target with her arrows.  Her next goal is to shoot at the 40 metres target, and she will be attempting this challenge in the next few weeks.

Sarah is indeed a “role model” for all newcomers to the Pattaya Archery Club, men and women alike.

Trying archery in Pattaya

Pattaya Archery Club shoots on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at 10.00 am and finishing at about noon or thereafter.  Anyone % Thai or farang, young or old, man or woman % is welcome to come along to the Pattaya Shooting Park in Hua Yai and find out what it is all about.

Beginners’ coaching is held on a Tuesday and / or a Saturday.  The coach’s services and the use of the club’s bows, arrows and other equipment are free for beginners, and so it costs nothing to see if this challenging sport is for you.

For more details visit Pattaya Archery Club’s website at www.pattayaarcheryclub.com, or telephone Eric, the club’s President, on 089 535 1193.