Sport could take young archer to the Olympics

Katie De Battista holds her Golden Arrow trophy after Mackay PCYC’s first open archery tournament.
Katie De Battista holds her Golden Arrow trophy after Mackay PCYC’s first open archery tournament. Contributed

YOUNG archer Katie De Battista has found her favourite sport, which could take her all the way to the Olympic Games.

De Battista started shooting arrows last year at Mackay's PCYC when she went along to watch her brother Shaun Hoile, 7, in action.

"I had a go at it and I really liked it straight away," she said.

"What I like about it is that it requires concentration and focus. Archery helps me to stay calm and keep in focus.

"I did do other sports, but I'm just doing archery now."

Her mother, Kim Hoile, said archery was an Olympic sport, giving contestants a target to shoot for.

"I think as long as they dream big, they can achieve," she said.

De Battista scored 149 to win the 9-17 years age group in the club's first Golden Arrow Open competition, in which 22 archers took part.

Steve Archer won the adult over 18 section, while Lily Buttigey was the junior winner.

De Battista also helps her brother Frank Hoile, 18, in the PCYC's Aspidowns basketball competition and assists less skilled players.

The shoot was sponsored by archery organisers Barry Leeming and Vic Moy.

PCYC Mackay Archery is run by volunteers every Sunday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Beaconsfield.

Anyone is welcome and equipment and instruction is provided. A small fee is requested.

For more info call the PCYC on 4942 3296.

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