The Parksville-Qualicum Fish and Game Association’s Arrowsmith Archers played host to the annual Harry Tutton Memorial Shoot over the weekend, and this year’s installment drew a record field.
“This was our annual fundraiser, and it was fantastic,” Arrowsmith Archers’ event coordinator Rhonda said after, explaining “this event has been running for decades, and just seems to be getting better and better. Typically we have 85-100 shooting — this year we had about 150.”
The meet is a 3D shoot using the field course out at Dorman Range in North Qualicum. There were 22 targets over a field course spread out over a couple acres through the back woods.
Harry Tutton, who the event is named after, was a longtime Arrowsmith Archer and PQFG booster back in the day. PQFG celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.
“He was a huge part of the club for many years — a very dignified and much admired gentleman,” said Rhonda, explaining how it didn’t matter if Harry was at a business luncheon or on the line in competition, “he always wore a tie.”
The shoot in his honour sees a morning round then a break for lunch, followed by an afternoon round capped off with the awards ceremony and prizes “that were donated from our very supportive and generous community sponsors.”
The meet included archers from the mainland and up and down the Island, “and we had a great mix of young ones from age 11 all the way up to our seniors. Lots of good energy,” she said, adding “The weather was fantastic — cold but sunny — and the vibe out there was great. Everyone had a great time.
“And our youth did very well,” Rhonda pointed out proudly.
In the junior division for archers aged 14-18, Arrowsmith’s Max Watson was first in the junior barebow with a combined score of 240 over two rounds, and teammate Cain Kilkenny was second with a 186.
Alex Sayle earned third in the compound junior boys division with a score of 266.
In the cubs division for 13 and under, Conner Presley picked up first place in the Cub barebow with a combined score of 314, and Jaedon McLellan marked his debut in a 3D shoot with a second place finish at 263. Soren Banhelm rounded out the PQFG sweep with third place at 234.
In the girls side of the draw, PQFG’s Sarah Floyd finished first in the junior girls barebow with a score of 240, and Gabi Courtorielle was second at 155, while Taiya took top honours in the girls’ Cub Barebow with a 233.
“We’re an on-running club that goes 10 months a year,” said Rhonda, pointing out the adults and juniors both go Monday evenings, with the Jr’s 7-8 p.m., and the adults from 8-9 p.m. at the Nanoose Pentecostal Camp. Drop in’s welcome.
For more information on the Arrowsmith Archers e-mail Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org.