My name is Mike and I love Archery!
I first tried it on a scout camp when I was about eleven years old. Everyone else went once or twice then moved on to other things. I just kept going back again and again; I won the award for it (and I’ve still got it). Once I got home, it took a couple of months of pestering before my parents let me join a club and buy a bow; from then on, I was hooked.
I joined the Sorrento Archery Club (now the Whiteman Park Archers), which despite sounding like it should be close by, was nowhere near where I lived. Everyone at the club helped me, but I was particularly lucky to be taken under the wing of Grant Greenham, who was WA’s first Olympic archer and had just returned from the Barcelona games.
Thanks to all that help, I had a fair bit of success as a junior. I shot with various state and national teams, went to the Australian Institute of Sport and at one point scraped my way onto the men’s Olympic squad.
Exams meant that I put the bow away at the end of high-school and then life took over, so I went far too long away from shooting. It took my daughter finding an old training bow for sale a few years back to light the fire again, and I’ve been making up for lost time ever since.
There are so many aspects of archery that I love. I get to meet all sorts of wonderful people (they’re archers so they must be wonderful), I like figuring out why things are (and often aren’t) working, and I love that I’m never going to get too old for it.
Then there’s ‘The Shot’. That elusive perfect shot that you know is going in the centre before you even let it go. There’s nothing like it!
When the chance came up to run Soul Archer, I knew I had to take it. You always hear that if you find a job that you love, you’ll never work another day; well this is my go at it. I love archery, and I’m really excited to have the chance to share this fantastic sport with as many people as I can.
It doesn’t matter what type of archery you’re into; if you’re someone like me that loves bending a stick and shooting an arrow, I’d love to hear from you!
Shoot straight and often!