IT'S been a rapid rise for local archery talent Joanne Bogie.
After only taking up the sport three years ago, she has already become champion in the Australian Bowhunters Association (ABA) Nationals, claiming first place in the 2D and 3D target divisions.
The MacCallum Inglis real estate agent’s growing resume also includes winning the ABA and International Field Archers Association (IFAA) state titles.
She is now heading off to compete in the IFAA Nationals, which starts on Wednesday at Mudgee.
Shooters are in for a stern test, with a demanding 28 targets and four arrows in each expected to be met over all five days of competition.
“That’s a lot of arrows,” Bogie says.
“Normally you could shoot 20 targets a day and only one arrow in each; so it’s a lot more arrows and targets, and way more tiring.”
Bogie believes there has been no real secret to her early success in the sport, pointing to just sheer hard work.
“If you want to be good at archery you’ve got to have dedication,” she says.
“You’ve also got to listen to everyone’s advice, take it on board, and then obviously you do your own thing in the end.
“You get to learn what’s best for you but it’s just been a matter of practice, competing, and more practice.”
Following the Nationals, Bogie plans to then challenge for the IFAA Worlds at Wagga in September.
Due to being a part of numerous associations and travelling long distances, Bogie doesn’t get much of a chance to train with the local 3DAAA Lake Glenbawn Field Archers.
However, she recommended taking up the sport for anyone interested.
The club hosts indoor training every second Saturday night and monthly outdoor shoots at their grounds, Camp Kurra-Keith, Lake Glenbawn State Park.