By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
A passionate set of archers took to the range on Sunday at HLSCC. VI Archery Association President Patrick Smith, said while they we working with Jahmaine Liburd, prepping him to compete for a spot in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, they had some newbies showing up who were very enthusiastic.
“I saw passion. They took the beating of the sun like champs and they shot until their fingers almost fell off,” he said. “That’s one of the things you’re looking for. Passion is one thing you can’t teach.”
Kiara Woodley who shot Archery before and had been running track and playing basketball, returned to the sport along with her brother Kimori Maduro. Smith said she shot at Cedar, had the basics but she also had had a little rust.
“Her form is pretty good,” he noted. “She seemed to be very competitive so I would like to see her come back out.”
Woodley said that it was a refresher for her and she was a bit rusty on the knowledge of what each different component is called.
“I’m back now and today I did better than before,” she said. “I hit the bulls eye a couple times. Archery is new for me but overall it’s great because I like to try every sport. Archery is a calmer from other sports so I like the soothing of it.”
Woodley said her return to Archery was because of her brother. It’s something she knows and felt she should come and show him what she knows.
Of Maduro, Smith observed that he likes to get things right. He said that he didn’t give him any pointers but watched him shoot and his behavior.
“He made adjustments by himself and that’s another thing you need to look at,” Smith said. “Especially at this sport. Basically, it’s a thinking man’s sport. It’s not just raw physical ability. It’s a lot of mental as well.”
Maduro said he saw the equipment and wanted to try it.
“It’s very complicated,” he stated of trying to hit the bull’s eye. “To account for the wind and the speed it’s blowing at and where you also aim your hand. If you raise it up a little too high, the shot will go on the side. It’s harder than it looks. I think it would have been a little challenging but not like this.”
Liburd on the other hand was doing some fine tuning at 18m as he’s prepping for an online competition in a few weeks. One of the main thing Smith told him to work on is his release, which he said looks a bit sloppy and his follow through needs to be smoother.
“One of the key things when you release an arrow is that your two shoulder blades are supposed to come closer and there’s an expansion of the chest,” he explained. “What happens with me, is when I attempt the expansion, instead of my drawing arm coming straight back behind me, it sometimes drops and makes a swooping motion like the Nike symbol and comes back up. As a result, the arrows don’t go where I want them to. I notice that when I do actually manage to get a proper release, the arrow goes to where I’m aiming.”