Shannon Delyea | Feb 25, 2016

On February 19 students from North Addington, Granite Ridge and Madawaska Valley competed in the National Archery School Program (NASP), at North Addington Education Centre in Cloyne.

“I like archery,” said Josh Smith of NAEC. “I like making new friends and topping my own scores.”

Secondary student archers competed to show their proficiency with a bow and arrow. From distances of 10 and 15 metres, they shot at targets with 20-pound pull bows. They were scored on a scale from 0 to 10, and shot 15 times per round.

“The day has been very positive between schools,” said coach Sarah Sproule, “North Addington will be competing in the Ontario Championships this spring!”

There were 31 archers in the second annual tournament, 16 of whom were from NAEC.

“I really enjoy this archery tournament because the pressure is on,” said Sarah Lax of NAEC.

“We are excited to see three different schools come together to participate in archery,” said David Ryrie, Youth Education Manager at Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. “It’s great to see the sportsmanship, skills improvement and the smiles on the players’ faces.” When asked about NASP, Ryrie said, “NASP was started in Ontario to encourage students to participate in the shooting sports and try a new activity that could become a lifelong passion.”

Overall, the day was on target, with Greg Garey (NAEC) with an overall score of 253 and Brittany Delyea (NAEC) with an overall score of 232, as Top Archers. NAEC won the Top Team spot in the tournament.

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