Geraldton archers had an advantage over their out-of-towner rivals at the Greenough Open earlier this month — they were used to the wind.
It was this local knowledge — and years of practice — that led to Greenough Archery Club members Jennifer Fox and Dave Hancock being dubbed women’s and men’s champions.
Fifty-two archers from eight clubs across WA competed in the three-day competition, which included events in several formats.
The usually modest Fox — a relative newcomer to the sport — was more than happy to soak up the accolades.
“It’s taken me three years of shooting and I finally nailed it,” she said.
“When you’re a female shooter in a man’s world, you’ve got to take anything.”
Fox, who is also the club’s secretary, said the event was hotly contested.
“We had the highest number of entries for an inter-club tournament out of any other club this year,” she said.
“The lady archers made up 22 per cent of the competitors, which was fantastic, because we’re usually vastly outnumbered by the men.
“It was challenging for the visitors not used to shooting in strong winds, or shooting up and downhill, but the ocean views more than made up for it.”
Greenough Archery Club members practise field archery, which involves moving around an interactive course, as opposed to target shooting.
Anyone interested in joining the club can call Fox on 0400 727 455.