Archery coordinator Mike Mailey anticipates all will be ready for up to 60 quiver carriers at the Trail Wildlife Association’s Shooting Range

Archery coordinator Mike Mailey anticipates all will be ready for up to 60 quiver carriers at the Trail Wildlife Association’s Shooting Range

Archers shoot for seamless event

With the B.C. Seniors Games coming to the West Kootenay from Aug. 16 to 20., the Trail Times is featuring the sports, chairs and facilities that will be at the forefront in Trail when over 3,000 athletes

With the B.C. Seniors Games coming to the West Kootenay from Aug. 16 to 20., the Trail Times is featuring the sports, chairs and facilities that will be at the forefront in Trail when over 3,000 athletes

The West Kootenay Archery Club will be hosting the bow and arrow crowd for the B.C. Seniors’ Games.

The competition will go at the Trail Wildlife Association’ Shooting Range 10 kilometres down Casino Road.

“We’re part of the local club here, and so they asked us to put it on,” said games event coordinator and archery club member, Mike Mailey.

The club has a wealth of experience in 3-D shoots but not so much in 900 and 450 target rounds.

However, Senior Games officials will direct the archery volunteers so everything runs seamlessly.

“We do a lot of 3-D and a lot of communities around here are 3-D, but on the coast they’re mostly target archery from what I understand, but once people see it, they might get more interested,” said Mailey.

“It sounds like we’re going to have quite a bit of help getting it all set up.”

Mailey expects about 60 archers will shoot in the three-day event, in various age classes and two bow classes, compound and traditional.

The target shooting starts on August 18 with the 900 round where archers launch a total of 90 arrows, (30 arrows at 55 metres, 30 arrows at 45 m., and 30 at 35 m.) scoring a maximum of 10-points per arrow, up to 900 points in a limited time.

On Friday archers engage in a 3-D target round, where they walk through the woods, scoring points by hitting 15, 3-D target in the shape of a wild animals.

The final day, Saturday, will be a 450 round, an abbreviated form of the 900 shoot.

Mailey also invites any interested archers to compete and says that participants can stay at the facility, with lots of wilderness camping available next to the range.

For more information on how to volunteer for the games visit 2011bcseniorgames.org and click on “Volunteer.”