National title shot a target
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON teenager Shane Wright has taken to his latest sporting pursuit, archery, like a duck to water.
In his first season, the 14-year-old Grafton High School student finished runner-up in the Youth Male Release (13 to 14-year-olds) TBA 3D Australian Titles in late October.
"I'm aiming to go one better next year and hopefully become Shooter of the Year," Wright said confidently.
Wright had played numerous sports before turning to archery, a sport that demands an eagle eye, accuracy and balance.
He was also a proficient rower winning a single scull race at his first attempt.
"I'm concentrating on archery now," Wright said. "I just want to try and be the best I possibly can."
Wright took up archery just eight months ago after joining two school mates ? Mitchell Firth and Matt Newton ? at the Grafton Bowmen's Club.
The pair had been shooting arrows for two years but it didn't take long for Wright to target his ability.
"I really like it (archery), it's good fun," Wright said. "I brought a new bow and I'm shooting as good as them (his mates).
"They don't like me out shooting them now but they're still all right.".
While Wright shoots indoors and outdoors, he is concentrating on 3D archery, where marksman aim at targets rings attached to imitation animals at distances up to 26m.
Competitors' points are accrued with 10 for a bulls eye down to five for the outer ring.
Fellow Grafton archer Billy Morrissey became an international competitor in the same category.
"Billy and everyone else at the Archery Club have been a really big help to me," Wright said. "Billy even organised to get me a new $700 bow, which is great."
Wright made his competitive debut the second leg of the National Triple Crown shoot at Casino in June.
"I finished second," he said proudly. "I had a good shoot and didn't miss too many targets."
At his next start in August Wright won his division in the third leg of the National Triple Crown at Copeton Dam then won the Southern Series fourth leg at Moonan Flats, Cessnock, in October.
Next month he's off to Ipswich for the start of the new competitive season.
"I'd like to do well next year and go in as many events as I can," he said.