Master Pips National Champion

A New South Wales archer has beaten the national champion by just one arrow to take top honours in the recurve sighted event at the Dead Centre Bowhunters Club.

Dennis Luobikis forced Thomas Maple into second place just a week after Maple won the national championship.

But Luobikis is no stranger to collecting gold after winning one, plus a silver and two bronze in 2012 and four gold medals in 2014.

“We shot 140 arrows over two days and won by one so it was a pretty good close competition,” he said.

The 63-year-old said the competition at the Games is of a good standard.

“This is the best Masters around. It’s a week or archery, shooting different aspects of the sport,” he said.

“The setting and weather are great too.

“Archery is not a money sport but it’s a fantastic opportunity to travel the world.

“There are a lot of opportunities to represent Australia with events in China and the USA.

“I’ve also been to the New Zealand Masters and Norfolk Island.

“Some archery events are very popular with entries having to be closed off and even some knocked back.”

The 63-year-old, who hails from Eden New South Wales, took up archery four years ago and has become dedicated to his sport. He joined the nearest club to his home – 400km way in Gippsland.

The archery competition continues through to, and including, Saturday for the 35 competitors.