150 Mile House’s Ty Thurow

150 Mile House’s Ty Thurow

Junior archery program aims at teaching all levels

Young archers in Williams Lake have an opportunity to learn from some of the country’s best.

Young archers in Williams Lake have an opportunity to learn from some of the country’s best.

Now in its third week of the season, the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association’s Junior Olympic Archery Program (JOAP) has opportunities for all ability levels.

Instructed by Al Campsall — a member of Team Canada and multi-time national compound bow champion — and longtime recurve bow specialist Ed Oliver, students meet at the WLSA clubhouse once a week.

JOAP classes are broken down into two sessions every Thursday evening — one from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and another from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Participants can choose which class they wish to attend.

And as Campsall can attest to, learning archery can lead to a lifelong passion for the sport.

“Archery is a lifelong sport,” Campsall said. “You can be a competitor, or you can be someone who enjoys shooting for your own enjoyment. You don’t have to compete.”

One of the key elements Campsall said the JOAP focuses on is archery safety.

“We teach archery skills, how to do it safely, how to shoot a bow for accuracy and how to shoot a bow for enjoyment,” he said.

“We’ve got kids who are Canadian champions, we’ve got kids who are Canadian record holders and also provincial champions.”

Campsall and Oliver have been running the program for the past five years after resurrecting it following several years of inactivity.

“Before it was being ran by parents, but I guess it died out,” Campsall said.

“Ed called me up one day and asked if I was aware JOAP wasn’t functioning, so we decided to get it going again.”

Last year 55 archers took part in the JOAP. Campsall expects to reach similar numbers this season.

The JOAP, ran through the B.C. Archery Association by the WLSA, goes for six months from now until the end of March.

The cost, meanwhile, is relatively inexpensive, Campsall said.

“We have archery gear for the kids to start with,” he said. “You don’t have to show up and spend a bunch of money.

“I’d say it’s one of the cheapest sports in town.”

Anyone interested in signing up for the JOAP can simply show up at the WLSA clubhouse on Bond Lake Road during either of the two sessions Thursdays.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Sierra William (left) with her grandmother Eileen William. (Roger William photo)

Xeni Gwet’in woman finds strength in tradition

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Kristy Alphonse Palmantier was crowned Williams Lake Stampede Queen in 1981. She has four children (Jody Palmantier, Davee Palmantier, Julie Doerfling and Sky Moses) as well as four grandchildren including Ace, Chance, Xidi and Ryder who was born last month. Alphonse Palmantier lives in Sugar Cane and in her spare time loves to be out on the land and hunt and fish with her partner CraigHilker. (Kristy Palmantier Facebook photo)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Roots run deep for Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Most Read