Elven army? Almost, it’s the UWaterloo Archery club!

UWaterloo archers channeled their inner Lord of The Rings spirit, hitting the target at this year’s Inter-university Archery Tournament. At the end of March, the club travelled to the University of Toronto for the fifth annual Ontario-wide competition. Shooting 60 arrows each was no sweat for the UWaterloo teammates, and much like Robin Hood, the team aimed true, winning first place overall with 3,058 points. 

Women's recurve category shot

Eleven university clubs set their sights on the target at historic Hart House in downtown Toronto. Thanks to their excellent performance, the UWaterloo club took home first place for the fourth year in a row.

Vivian Nguyen competed in the women’s recurve category. The top and bottom of this type of bow curve away from the archer once they pull the string backwards. This allows more energy transfer than if the bow were to remain straight and gives the arrow greater speed when it flies. This type of bow is recognizable in movies like The Hunger Games or Robin Hood as it performs better in forested terrain or on horseback.

Nguyen, a 3B Biology student, took home third place for women’s recurve after training hard throughout the season:

To be a good archer there's a lot of components you have to put together. You need accuracy, precision, and consistency. It's not as easy as it looks, because you're using muscles that you usually aren't typically using in your everyday life!

Men's barebow category shotTeam member Botan Khani, now an alumni, competed in the men’s barebow category, in which archers shoot without bow stabilizers or mechanical sights to improve their aim. Khani stood highest on the barebow podium while Math and Computer Science student, Sultaan Shah, placed third.

In the men’s novice category, Jerry Zhang, a Systems Design Engineering student, placed first with less than a year of experience. In men’s recurve, Math student Emilio Verdugo Parades placed fifth, Applied Health Sciences student Thomas Lawrence placed sixth and Horatio He placed seventh.

Archery is not covered by the Ontario Athletics Association, so university archers are always looking for a place to compete against each other. Five years ago, UWaterloo co-founded the provincial contest as one of the few clubs brave enough to show off their skills against other universities. Since then, universities such as Queens, Guelph, Ryerson and Toronto have faced the Waterloo archers in this modern sport with ancient roots.

UWaterloo archery team at interuniversity competitionHoratio He, a Nanotechnology Masters student and co-president of the UWaterloo Archery Club expresses the sport’s attraction: 

Launching sharp objects at high speeds into targets. What's not to love? It's a challenge to do it well and takes a lifetime to master. Also the equipment is interesting and coaching is fun.

UWaterloo Archery encourages students to channel their inner warrior by pulling back and hitting that perfect shot on their university journey!

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