Ten new families turn up to try archery
NICOLE Dakin said her favourite thing about growing up around the North Burnett Field Archers Club was watching the personal growth of other children and teenagers as they gained confidence in the sport.
So she was rapt when 10 new families showed up to the club's Come and Try day at the weekend.
"It was definitely more than what we were expecting. We thought maybe we would get five,” Dakin said.
"We had an influx of women and children, which is always nice to see, and we believe our sport catered well for them.”
Dakin said the sport also has a lot of benefits for children with learning disabilities.
"You see a child come in who is really shy and doesn't talk much, and watch them grow into someone who is very vocal and taking pride in the club that gives them a sense of belonging,” she said.
"We have three members at the moment who have disabilities.
"It's a sport that the whole family can do.”
A few people turned up with plans to sit out and watch their children.
But Dakin said they twisted arms to get everyone involved.
"One lady wanted to pay her dues there and then,” she said.
Becoming a member costs $55, but for the next three months the club is offering locals to come and have a go for free.
The State Government's Get Started vouchers will cover all shoot and membership fees for children.
Equipment is available for newbies to use.
Except for Easter, the club shoots on the first and third weekend of every month.