Mental game the biggest challenge
ANYONE who doubts archery is a sport requiring physical fitness and endurance needs to think again.
"A world event is over five days and you're competing from 8am until 5pm," national field archery champion Kevin Dowd said.
"You're shooting all day. The person who normally wins it is the person who masters their concentration and stamina at the end of five days."
The fitter you are, the better you're able to maintain concentration after many hours shooting. "Mentally, you're pretty tired," Dowd said. "I talk to myself in my head.
"You've got to be able to switch on and off between shots."
You've also got to be able to switch off between practice and competitions. Which is when Dowd and wife Jeanette (pictured) indulge their favourite past-time - kayak fishing.
"Colleges Crossing is nice and handy," Dowd said. "You always pick up a bass there."