Golden Gate JOAD student archers Patrick Pan (l) and Stephen Makowski (r) have made a lifelong commitment never both be smiling in the same photo. We took a dozen photos and they maintained this promise in all of them.
Today’s achievement shoot was conducted in a wonderfully overcast (no sun in your eyes) and rain free environment. Fourteen archers competed and many earned pins. USA Archery has changed the scoring matrix a great deal, and the changes make it easier for many archers to progress up the ladder. Notably, barebow youth archers can earn all pins through Olympian level at a maximum distance of 30 meters. Adult recurve archers can do the same at 60 meters. And youth recurve archers can shoot for their Olympian pins at 50 meters, 60 meters, or 70 meters.
In today’s shoot we also got to award to yellow pins, the highest achievement before Olympian, to youth student Patrick Pan (recurve) and adult student Stephen Makowski (compound). Stephen earned his pin with a score he shot at the indoor nationals. Patrick earned his yellow pin today during a warm up for a tournament next week in Alabama. We wish him well!
Latest scores and updated score matrices are visible on the Achievement Shoot page.
Today’s achievement shoot was small but mighty. It began raining, and in true Golden Gate JOAD club fashion, we did not stop for rain! All members shooting in the rain today earned the Underwater Archery Team pin. This pin can only be earned by completing an achievement shoot in the rain. Here’s one up close:
And here are the members of the club who earned it today by completing an achievement shoot in the rain.
Photo credit: Gerard Hughes
One of our archers, Jay Koi, has a significant but not total visual impairment that significantly affects his life, and of course, makes archery more challenging. When he shoots, he uses special equipment that helps him align his body to the target, and then has to shoot without the benefit of visual cues that we all take for granted. He also needs an assistant (called a “visual assistant”) on hand to help him set it up, score, and make sure he gets to and from the target safely. This person could be another archer, or a parent or spouse who will be at the tournament. In previous tournaments a fellow archer who was shooting was his visual assistant.
Jay would like to participate in the following archery tournaments this year, but does not have a spotter lined up. If you have any connections to people who live in, or will be in these archery tournament locations on these dates, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org with “visual assistant” in the subject line.
For more on visually impaired archers, see a short news piece about the most well known California visually impaired archer: http://kmph-kfre.com/news/local/blind-archer-hitting-the-mark
Upcoming tournaments Jay would like to attend if he has a spotter:
- Cotton Boll Classic (May 21-22) in Tulare, CA
- California State Outdoor Championships (June 11-12) in Long Beach, CA
- 21st Annual Grape Stakes Tournament (Aug 27-28) in Sacramento, CA
- PAC Coast (Sept 24-25) in Sacramento, CA
Note that Jay is also a professional chef. Here’s a few of his creations.
Coastal Uni Spaghetti. Fresh spaghetti pasta, Santa Barbara uni, Monterey Bay diver scallop, honey marinated ikura, miso-parmigiano bechemel, togarashi flakes.
Molecular Lychee w/ Pepero Almond Chocolate Shmeer.