FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -New Totem Archery Club’s 3D Outdoor Tournament was a success, with more new faces learning about the thrill of archery.

More than 25 competitors in six categories took part in the weekend event, including some new faces.

New Totem Archery Club’s Graham Goertzen says it was encouraging to see both the new and familiar faces.

“The guys set up a really good tournament. There were kids as young as 11 and people near retirement age, so we had a good range of people come out,” said Goertzen, who was the Compound Grand Prix winner. “Some of the people there had never shot a bow before this, and they were seeing some good results.”

Gil Davis won the Traditional Grand Prix, and club president Tim Giesbrecht won the Spot Shoot.

“Tim has been doing a great job teaching the basics of archery, aiming, and form. When the students get that out of the way, it’s a lot easier for them to find a level of proficiency that makes it fun, rather than frustrating.”

Following the success of the outdoor tournament, Goertzen says the club will leave the targets up for a few weeks. That will give archers another chance at the 3D targets.

“Drop-in rec times are Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The drop-in fee is $10, and that includes access to the target and equipment.”

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