National Archery Day

By Kathryn Slade Archery

Add Archery to your next Bluestone Break and do something different.

Inspired by Katniss? Want to try something new? You might just have hidden talent that you had no idea about and there is still time to train for Rio!

Here are some fun facts about Archery to celebrate National Archery Day!

  • In the 1904 Olympics, archery was the only women's sport.
  • The word archery is derived from the word arcus, a Latin term that means bow and arrows.
  • It is believed that bows and arrows have been used for at least 25,000 years based upon the discovery of arrowheads in Africa.
  • The bag that archers use to hold their arrows is called a quiver.
  • Archery is considered to be one of the oldest sports in the world.
  • The arrow travels at about 240km/h when fired from a bow but some competitors can make speeds of over 320km/h.
  • Arrows were traditionally made of wood, but are these days usually made of carbon fibre.

Archery Arrows

  • Final arrow shot in an archery competition is called an upshot.
  • Archery first became an Olympic sport in the 1900 games. Live pigeons were then, infamously, used as targets.
  • Olympic Games have four archery events: individual events for men and women, and team events for women and men.
  • Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremony of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games was lit with a flaming arrow. Antonio Rebollo, Paralympic archer from Spain shot this arrow.
  • U.S. Paralympian archer Matt Stutzman was born without arms. He uses his feet to hold and aim his bow and he set the Guinness World Record for longest shot by hitting the target that was 210 meters away.
  • Like in many other shooting competitions, if an arrow hits right on the line between two scoring circles, the archer is given higher score of the two.

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