Chilliwack’s brand new archery club hosted the BC Club Regionals Jan. 31.
The Garrison Archery Club pitted 15 of its Junior Olympic Development Program (JOP) athletes against 207 foes from 11 Lower Mainland clubs.
Competitors ranged from 8 to 18 years old.
Though the local club has only existed since October and all of the Garrison archers were experiencing the pressure of competition for the first time, every one of them earned top 10 finishes.
The beginner boy’s 80 centimetre division saw Levi Klassen finish third with 69 points, while Liam Timms collected 57 points to finish fourth.
The girl’s group saw Ashley Dykstra finishing third with 77 points.
The yeoman division boy’s bracket had Alex Morrison scoring silver with 113 points. Madison Middlemiss matched him on the girl’s side, finishing second with 135 points.
Keaghan Onos scored 162 points to finish second in the junior bowman boy’s division, just two points behind the winner, Aidan Duursma from the Sosa Archers.
Trey Meier was fourth with 108 points.
Kierra Peacock placed seventh in the junior bowman girl’s group.
Cassie Tysnes was second best in the master bowman girl’s division with 189 points while Noah Thiessen finished in a tie for fourth on the boy’s side with 191 points.
Daniel Haddock was just seven points off the pace in the champion archer division. He rolled up 230 points while winner Carter Yon from the Silvertip Archers had 237.
“The caliber of archers participating from around the province was extremely good,” said coach David Krulicki. “Achieving these results so early in their journey is an amazing accomplishment and shows their ability to take the skills they’ve learned and apply them correctly in an competitive atmosphere.”
The Garrison Archery Club has 50 members who meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Landing Sports Centre.
See garrisonarchers.ca for more information.