Sarah Conisbee shot at the three day Grand National Archery Meeting from 24th to 26th June 2015, and not only did she win the ladies longbow Double Hereford and Long National rounds, she had awards for the best score with a wooden bow and the Best Gold in the Double National, which was also the ladies Best Gold of the meeting (including all the recurve and compound archers with much more modern equipment)! Fantastic performance, Sarah!
Cause and effect – it isn’t always obvious which is which. In archery, they are often confused. When looking at any aspect of shooting technique it is important to know why something happens the way it does. How many people do you see snatching their hands behind their heads as a separate movement after release? Somebody has probably told them they need to pull their hand back behind their ear when they let go, so that’s what they do. What should happen is that the hand moves back of its own accord (effect) because there is a steady pull from the shoulder and the string suddenly isn’t resisting any more (cause).
Here’s another one: current thinking is that correct use of the shoulder muscles through the draw (cause) should result in a slightly curved path of the drawing hand (effect). Making the hand go through a curve is not the same thing.
Focus on the cause, and the effect is a sign that you have got it right. It doesn’t work the other way round. Forcing the effect doesn’t make the cause happen!
News from our AGM on Friday 10th July: we knew this was coming, but we would like to say farewell and thank you to Peter and Sarah Conisbee, who having moved house have decided to join Redruth Archers as they are much closer to them. We would like to thank Peter for the work he has put in over the last few years as not only Secretary but Tournament Organiser and (along with Sarah) Records Officer as well.
I am now the Secretary, and other members have taken on Peter’s other roles. Most of the other officers have stayed the same.
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