James Luckhurst is setting his sights on hitting a high scoring target during the national 3-D archery championships in Lac La Biche, Alberta.
Luckhurst, 13, a Queen of Angels student, won the gold medal in cub compound during the provincials at the Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club.
“I shot in the nationals two years ago in the Okanagan,’’ said Luckhurst, who was just 11 at the time.
He won the silver medal in the pre-cub boys compound bow at the provincials in Salmon Arm that year.
Luckhurst started with a recurve bow at the age of eight.
“I was just shooting with my dad and his friends and we were just shooting at every competition we could get to all around the island and we were just having fun,’’ he said.
3-D archery does not involve shooting at the usual ring targets, Luckhurst explained.
“You’re shooting a foam animal. It’s meant to be a real-life scenario.’’
He compiled a score of 754 in the provincials on the familiar Cowichan ground.
“There was not much competition,’’ Luckhurst said.
“I was just shooting the best I could, watching what I was doing and having a fun time because that’s what it’s all about.’’