Australian champion Ethan Myers has followed his father into archery.
Australian champion Ethan Myers has followed his father into archery. ADAM HOURIGAN

Ethan is right on target

ETHAN Myers’ dad Steve runs the ‘Archery Shak’ from his home in Davey Avenue, Grafton, so it’s little wonder Ethan has taken up the sport of archery and in doing so has recently become an Australian champion.

Eleven-year old Ethan won his division in the cub-aided 3D Archery Association of Australia, after racking up points at the State Series shoots.

Cub-aided means Ethan shoots with a release aid so all the weight is held by the wrist, enabling the hand and fingers to stay totally relaxed-not a bad option when you are holding 50 pound of tension.

Steve Myers himself took up archery because his dad taught him about hunting at a young age.

“My father taught me about hunting and how to survive in the bush so I wanted to keep it in the family. I want to teach my kids bush skills as well,” Steve said.

So what is 3D archery?

According to Steve it is the art of shooting at life-size models of game and is popular with hunters.

“It involves three-dimensional rubber targets which are full-size,” he said “Just recently we purchased a Bison, which cost about $3000. It’s five foot eight inches (1.72 metres) to its shoulder. We shoot at true hunting animals and feral game ... not native animals.”

Myers exports to places like Vanuatu and Fiji and provides stock to major dealerships throughout Australia.

“I repair all accessories and provide tuition, which I want to focus on in the future,” he said.

“I would like to become a certified instructor and get involved in schools so other kids like Ethan can enjoy the sport.”

Ethan is a member of the local archery club, the Grafton Bowhunters, and trains up to three days a week at the indoor basketball stadium and at the club’s grounds at Bawdon Bridge.

Ethan said he loves the sport and it’s a lot of fun but it does take plenty of practice to maintain good form. By earning the title of Australian champion, Ethan said his dad now has to buy him a brand new bow.



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