By Lynn Stuart
The Easton Salt Lake Archery Center has been focusing on promoting the sport of archery in a variety of ways. Archery Tag is now part of our repertoire. There has been an enormous amount of fun had by all those that have played. We started Archery Tag off one evening with a youth group for a couple of hours. Ever since then, word has spread that we have this new element at our center. We know this as we were challenged to a competition by another company in the area to have an Archery Tag battle against them. Our corporate members; Woulf Engineering, Hoyt and Easton have been here taking advantage of this great way to get some exercise, work together, devise team strategies and ultimately take down the opposing team.
We have had several big events here and it was an honor for us to be a part of the 36th National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games. Over a hundred archers competed against each other and the competition was evident. One of the athletes competing during the games was Happy Barton. She served in the Navy as an electronics technician and radio repairman. Happy was injured while serving in Desert Storm. She has been training at our center with her coach; our own Coach Brett Litzler. Her coach said “When Happy came to us she stated; ‘I want my Gold Medal!’ During the games, Happy stayed calm, cool and collected. We worked on some mental training and focus. These aspects really paid off for Happy. She ended up shooting over 50 points higher than she did last year at the games. Happy received the Gold Medal in her division.” Happy said that she was completely shocked and thrilled.
We welcomed the Bow Hunting Roundtable for a couple of days and this hard working group decided to compete against each other as they played Archery Tag in our indoor range. They also took advantage of our archery skeet machine and had several rounds of target practice on our outdoor range. There is some great video of this on our Facebook page.
Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife held their annual banquet in our center for the second year in a row. Our indoor range provided all the space they needed for target practice, shooting 3D animals and skeet. It was fun to see the wide variety of people and their families enjoying themselves as they perused through the huge selection of auction items, placed bids, and waited to see what they won.
We hosted the Big Sky Open and the weather was fantastic. Hundreds of people came from across the country to be a part of this. Both our indoor and outdoor ranges provided plenty of space for the variety of shooting distances. Not only was this a great few days for shooting archery, but also vendors were able to utilize our Embrasure room to showcase their products. We look forward to being a part of this event next year.
We celebrated Olympic Day by opening the center to show support for the upcoming Olympics. Everyone was welcome to spend time in the center, free of charge. This was a fantastic way to showcase the center. Shooting the Olympic distance was a highlight of the day and many people were amazed at how difficult it is to hit any part of the target from so far away. In addition, we offered Cosmic Archery inside and Archery Skeet and Archery Tag on the outdoor range. Many people took advantage of the indoor range as we had a Try Archery class for those that were interested.
We will have Team Japan at the center as they prepare for the Olympics and this is an honor for us to be their training facility. The USA Para team will also utilize the center in preparation for the Olympics.
USA Archery Board of Directors held their Board of Directors meeting at our center. Corporate groups reserve meeting space and then end their time with one of our archery options. We had PRO BAR shoot skeet and Salt Lake Community Action Program play Archery Tag on the outdoor range. Fidelity Investments & Golden Living Senior Citizens group came here to do a team-building round on the indoor range.
We have an Archers Group, once a week, where archers can come and socialize and shoot without any pressure. In addition, our coaches are providing private lessons. Birthday parties are a popular event especially in our Cosmic Archery room. Scout groups are coming in to finish up a merit badge or shooting for fun.
Our summer camps have included groups from the National History Museum and Camp U from the University of Utah. These young archers enjoyed themselves as they were taught about safety and shooting technique, and shot arrows from 3 different stations throughout the center. Each camper was given information about our “Fun”damentals course and they were invited to return and join this great class.
We continue to have a great interest in our Try Archery, “Fun”damentals, 18 + Fundamentals, Intermediate and Brass Tacks classes. Those archers spending time each week, in these courses, not only learn about archery, but they are having fun as they spend time together. These weekly classes will take place for the remainder of the summer.