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.
One of the club’s two Bronze Olympian medal holders, Tony Morosco, shooting at a target 50 meters away without a sight on his bow.
With the last indoor achievement shoot last week, indoor season is over and outdoor season is here. Adults will be shooting from 30 meters to 50 meters, and youth students will be shooting 15 meters to 50 meters.
Indoor season was particularly rough, with El Nino rains cancelling Saturday practice a number of times. One person that never stopped practicing was our student Samantha. She’s been working hard for over a year to make the jump for indoor scores from 9 meters to 18 meters to get her next pin. Her scores kept improving slowly until this last week when she finally achieved her black pin at 18 meters. We are very proud of her!
Samantha with one of her coaches, Nancy Chen.