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The Tuesday evening session of 8th November was set aside for bow tuning with around 10 recurve archers attending. Bows were tuned, including a couple of new bows, and most of those present had a go at bare shaft tuning to check the accuracy of the settings on their pressure buttons and the correctness of their arrow spines.
The video camera was also set up so that members could see themselves shoot, with Coach Graham being on hand to offer pointers on technique - this proved popular with members.
It was at HEA's first Bray Handicap League shoot of the season on Sunday 20th November that Karen was presented with her 1st place trophy and medal in the Ladies Barebow category from the LAA Indoor Portsmouth Tournament which had taken place two Sundays previously.
Having shot her round in the morning session, Karen had been unaware that a separate Ladies Barebow trophy had been added to the prize list. Needless to say, the news came as a pleasant surprise!
The weather was kinder to us than in previous years as it allowed us to hold our Frostbite Shoot outdoors at Altcar on Sunday 8th January with members competing for the HEA Frostbite Trophy. But although the event was not rained off this year, HEA archers were still a little rained on!
However, the fine drizzle during the afternoon didn't dampen the spirits of the assembled archers as they got on with shooting a Junior Warwick round (2 dozen arrows at 40 yards and 2 dozen at 30) with club bows, barebow style (without sights).
The round was completed before the light failed and, following a break for non-alcoholic mulled fruit punch (or tea) and biscuits, the winners were announced.
Peter O'Connor took 3rd place, Alex took 2nd, but it was Barry (pictured) who comfortably took 1st place, being awarded the HEA Frostbite trophy.
Thanks to everyone who took part and very well done to our prize winners.
Ten potential archers received their certificates on Sunday 5th February 2017 on completing the third and final instructional session of HEA's January/February beginners course. Over the three Sundays, the course attendees were instructed in range safety before HEA's coach, Graham, moved on to barebow and freestyle archery techniques. The course culminated in a beginners handicap tournament.
The beginners demonstrated a steady improvement, with arrow groupings becoming tighter by the third session, and everyone seemed to enjoy the tournament (three dozen arrows at 20 yards).
Following the awarding of certificates and the giving of (chocolate) prizes for the tournament winners, it was time for the customary burst-the-balloons free-for-all.
All course attendees are entitled to come along and shoot with the club as part of their course. We look forward to seeing them.
Club Chairman Paul made good use of his camera remote to get some shots of the course attendees from in front of the shooting line. HEA members assisting with the course can also be seen among the beginners.
Four potential archers enjoyed an hour's shooting before HEA's normal club shoot on Sunday 19th February 2017.
One of the group is already signed up for our next beginners course in April.