Real Estate 20 Under 40

Archery ... for the young

2010-04-20T02:00:00Z Archery ... for the youngBy ALEX MATTHEWS Commentary Glens Falls Post-Star
April 20, 2010 2:00 am  • 

HUDSON FALLS -- Bows, arrows and small children — the thought could cause concern. Inside the Hudson Falls Fish and Game Club’s newest facility on Saturday, the sight of some 40 young archers ages 3 to 13 proved otherwise.

Lined up by name, each shot separately, methodically and hit their targets. From 10 yards back, many sliced the balloon on the bull’s-eye, a resonating confirmation of their accuracy.

The evening assembly was both a cause and a means of celebration as about 100 of 600 total members gathered inside the new building to dedicate the indoor archery addition.

Construction on the building, which added about 3,500 square feet adjacent to the club’s indoor rifle range and meeting room, began last November and ended early January.

A brief dedication ceremony honored four proponents of archery in the area: the late Ed Dufour and his wife, Linda, as well as Dick and Rita Sage.

“I’ve never seen 40 kids in an archery club,”  said Brett Dufour, who received the plaque for his parents. Now 39, he grew up at the club while living in South Glens Falls, and said his father would have been overwhelmed to see so many children with bows.

The space was designed for archery and enabled an already existing children’s program to grow. With seven youth members three years ago, the total has risen to 47 as a result of the year-round facility. While the official indoor season is over, the kids are geared up for shooting at life-sized animal targets outside.

“It gets them out in the fresh air,” Dufour said of the sport’s significance. “I kind of equate it to martial arts. It’s something that you really have to pay attention to everything you’re doing, and when you actually succeed at hitting what you’re shooting at, it’s instant gratification.”

The 10-week summer league starts May 12, and is open to members and non-members for $40 and $50, respectively. Ages 12 to 18 cost $15 and under 12 are free.

Roy Hamilton of Whitehall joined the club a year ago with his children, Tytiana, 10, and Johnathon, 11, who is autistic. After two years of practicing at home as well, Hamilton said archery has helped his son.

“He’s doing real well,” he said. “It helps with his concentration. He really goes out there and does the best that he can do.”

His best was better than most. He popped the balloon.

According to the club’s Jim Burns, drawing more children to archery was the private organization’s goal, which was achieved in providing more hours in a specialized space. Archers had previously shared time with rifle and pistol shooters in a single indoor range. Outside offers separate ranges.

“The kids shoot more, and when you look at them they have a smile from ear to ear,” Burns said.

With instructors and rules emphasizing patience and accuracy, the archery program is not designed to shape children into hunters, Burns said. A separate, older group practices there to refine those skills.

“We’ve got some kids that play football, and some that play baseball, and they want to shoot archery too,” he said. “Once those kids hit a balloon, they can’t stop it.”

Sportswriter Alex Matthews can be reached at amatthews@poststar.com.

Copyright 2015 Glens Falls Post-Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

No Comments Posted.

RULES FOR COMMENTING ONLINE

1) Comments must be contained to the topic of the articles only. Comments that stray from the direct subject of the article will be deleted.

2) Readers are free to comment on and debate other readers' comments, but comments must specifically address the issue(s) raised. Comments containing personal insults directed toward another reader in any form will be deleted.

3) Comments must be civil in tone, and there will be no name calling of any kind. Uncivil or inappropriate comments will be deleted, as will any comment containing profanities.

4) Comments critical of crime or accident victims will be deleted.

5) Comments that are potentially libelous, including those that contain accusations not supported by facts, will be deleted.

Commenters who abuse these policies will have their e-mail registrations revoked.

 

View the full commenting policy.

Thank you, and we hope you enjoy interacting with us and the community.

Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

Sports videos

Jeremy Johnson's walkoff homer wins it for Fort Ann

Fort Ann catcher Jeremy Johnson hit a walkoff three-run homer to lift Fort Ann to a 8-5 win over Whitehall.…

Tour of the Battenkill

Tour of the Battenkill

The 11th annual Tour of the Battenkill bicycle race around WashingtonCounty, starting at the…

Flames last game

Flames last game

The Adirondack Flames played their last ever game -- a 5-3 loss to Rochester -- and reflecte…

Greg Johnson nearly pitches perfect game, Lake George wins

Greg Johnson nearly pitches perfect game, Lake George wins

Greg Johnson's six innings of perfect baseball turned into a complete game one-hit shutout t…

Report results

Search Homes for Sale

Search Classifieds