Veteran archer aiming for new practice site

Gayle Potter is looking for somewhere to practise.
Gayle Potter is looking for somewhere to practise.

The 79-year-old recently took up the ancient art, which she describes as ‘meditative and relaxing,’ but has trouble keeping up with the speed and competitiveness of local club members.

Ms Potter, of Greenmount, is now looking for a quiet block of land in the Hills on which to practise.

‘I recently took up archery and enjoyed it; I went to a club in Bayswater and got some good feedback about how well I was doing for someone who had not done it before,’ she said.

‘I think my accuracy comes from when I used to do rifle shooting years ago. But I found rifle shooting boring, so I gave it away.

‘However, a club is too competitive for me and plus, after about a dozen shots, I get tired, so I don’t want to have to keep up with other club members; I want to go at my own pace.’

Ms Potter said public open spaces in the Hills area were obviously out of the question as practice sites.

She is hoping a local resident can provide her with a vacant paddock where she could bring her bow and arrow and practice safely.

‘The Hills is a difficult place for archery because of the slopes ” you are either shooting uphill or downhill, which is difficult,’ she said.

‘I am hoping someone has a large paddock on flat land that they do not use that does not have cows or anything on it.’

Anyone who may be able to help should call Ms Potter on 9294 1333.