By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Three Archers from Virgin Gorda joined their Tortola counterparts on Sunday at HLSCC, for their first action since the Coronavirus began affecting the BVI in March.
Virgin Islands Archery Association President Patrick Smith, said he wanted to get a gauge of where the Archers were, how rusty they were following the lockdown, so they weren’t given too many instructions. They were given a basic tuning to get them on target.
“They’ve lost some of their conditioning, a lot of shaking, a lot of flinching and collapsing,” he observed. “That’s basically an easy fix once they start shooting and get into the specific training for the specific muscle groups, they’ll be alright.”
Elmore Stoutt High School student Kandise “Chicken” Brewley expected to be sore after Sunday’s session because she hadn’t been doing any of the drills since the lockdown when she had more time and said she was ‘rusty.’
“I had problems holding up my bow, because I need strength in my arms,” noted Brewley who took up the sport in 2018 through the YEP program and attended the CDC tournament in Santo Domingo in 2019.
Kizzel Nape of the Bregado Flax Education Center, told Island Sun Sports that she was ‘kinda rusty.’
“I’m trying to focus on technique and get the arrow where I want it and focusing on how I want my shot process to be,” she explained. “I didn’t miss any arrows, but I need to work on my technique and have my arrows going the same place and where I want it.”
Nape said sometimes she gets frustrated because arrows go ‘all over the place.’
“It doesn’t always go where you want it, sometimes it’s the wind but most of the time it’s you and your mental,” she said.
BFEC teammate Terniah Williams said it was good to be back after a four months layoff. While she had been doing the drills over the period, she noted that she was jerking a little but not in her head.
“The equipment felt good but also felt strange, because I hadn’t picked up my bow over quarantine for a long time,” she stated. “This is my favorite sport because it’s dangerous. I like dangerous things.”
Garrisha Stapleton also of BFEC, said it was a fun afternoon reuniting with friends but she made some mistakes, which thought her a lesson as she loves the sport.
“It helps you with self-discipline and focus,” she said. “You always have to know what you’re doing and what you’re up for. You have to understand what you have to do, in order to get where you’re going. It’s a fun activity to do.”
For Jahmaine Liburd who graduated from Lee University with a BA in Biology in May, said it was an opportunity to get back in the groove of things and shake off the rust while finding himself.
“I see that I still maintained some of my experience but I still have a long way to go,” he pointed out. “I think most things are just form related—making sure that I can expand correctly, making sure that when it comes to setting off my clip I do that correctly, my arm placement, my anchor point—all those things.”