February 28, 2024

An archery funshoot to include para archers dubbed NCLEX Amplified Archery Fun Shoot 2023 has started yesterday, July 15, until today, July 16 at the Melvin Jones in Baguio City.

The two-day event is aimed at improving the quality of archery education, which blends able-bodied archers with persons with disability or para archers, especially in the city and archers from other regions, said tournament director John Hongitan in his letter to Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Also the archery coach of Baguio City National High School, Hongitan said the event is sponsored by archer Joshua Miguel Gamus, who is helping in the promotion of inclusive archery education.

“The sponsor is extremely committed to the development of student athletes and other sports enthusiasts of diverse learners’ capabilities, profession, including differently-abled individuals’ education by providing hands-on inclusive archery training/workshop,” he said.

The event, which will feature three disciplines in recurve, compound, and barebow, expects to gather 150 archers from Baguio, Kalinga, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Norte, and Central Luzon.

There will be 10 categories in the recurve, namely under 10, which has a 10 meter distance; under 13 and under 15 with target faces of 80 degrees and vertical triple face; under 18, 21, 49 para men open and para women open, which has an 18-m. distance and all are vertical triple face; and under 15 novice which has a 15-meter distance and 40-centimeter target face; and novice open – 15-m. and 40-cm. target face.

The compound discipline has six categories all at 18-m. and vertical triple face, namely under 18 men, open men, under 18 women, open women, novice men open, and novice women open. The last two, however, have a 40-cm. single face.

 In barebow, there is the women and men open which has a 40-cm. single face target.

Medals will be awarded to the top three winners in the various events for men and women.

The event is in partnership with World Archery Philippines, Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled, and Philippine Para Archery. – Ofelia C. Empian