Archery Set to Hit the Mark in 2016

We sit down with Archery Coordinator Daryl Wakefield who is gearing up for another successful competition in 2016. He last competed in 2012, and has since stepped up to coordinate the Alice Springs Masters Games in 2014 and 2016. Daryl is coordinating Archery alongside Geoff Edwards.

Why do you continue to be involved with the Masters?
The camaraderie and the laughter. The best time of the day is after all the results come in, everyone sits down and has a drink with their fellow competitors, spirits are high and you make new friends along the way.

What is your favourite memory of the Games?
Daryl Somers shooting on the range in 2012. He wanted to have a go so of course we let him come down. Surprisingly he wasn’t too bad! He was clowning around at first but eventually got serious and did pretty well.

Where is the competition held?
The Dead Centre Bowhunters range is located 15km outside of Alice Springs at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges. It is a beautiful spot to shoot, especially for those who haven’t experienced the landscape of Central Australia.

What would you say to encourage those considering competing in Archery at the Masters Games?
Shooting at the Games is a more relaxed atmosphere compared to archery elsewhere. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and have fun while we are competing. You don’t have to be a member of a club to compete, we have had competitors make a comeback from their Archery retirement and take out many medals!

For more information head to alicespringsmastersgames.com.au/sports/archery