Records broken at Pacific titles

IDEAL conditions led to records being smashed during the Pacific Rim Field Archery Championships, which were held at Longford over the long weekend.

Around 550 archers from Australia and New Zealand took part in the five-day event, hosted by the Phoenix Field Archers.

A number of national records and 10 championship records were set during the event.

Australian Bowhunters Association president Mike White said the Phoenix facilities were well-received by the visitors, which, combined with ideal weather, provided top class archery.

“The weather was great for archery,” he said.

“Because of the weather, records were broken.”

Phoenix archers made their mark at the event.

Stephen Barratt won the men’s freestyle limited compound A class, Elizabeth Lawrence claimed the junior girls’ bowhunter compound C class title, while Peter Stark was victorious in veteran men’s bowhunter recurve.

Rachel Joyce finished second in the women’s bowhunter compound B class, behind a world champion, Kaye Sticht.

Emulating hunting situations, field archery is comprised of a number of targets set in a course on undulating terrain. Each target differs in size, distance and angle.

Field archery differs to target archery, which is part of the Olympic program and has archers shooting across level ground over a set distance.