Popular culture inspires archery revival

Alicia Dale, 15, was inspired by Katniss Everdeen, the lead character in The Hunger Games trilogy, to try her hand at archery. Picture: MELANIE RUSSELLMount Keira is a long way from Sherwood Forest but Robin Hood would be proud of the increasing number of Illawarra merry men and women taking up archery.

Olympic spirit and The Hunger Games books and movie have reignited interest in the ancient art, so much so that would-be archers now have to join a waiting list for beginners’ classes at the Mount Keira range.

Illawarra Archers president John Chaplin said the club held beginners’ classes on Saturday mornings, but had had to put on additional Sunday morning classes to try to keep up with demand.

‘‘There’s certainly been a significant increase in interest, especially in the six months leading up to the London Olympic Games,’’ he said.

‘‘The popularity of The Hunger Games, which features archery, has also caused the renewed interest.

‘‘Of course this happens whenever archery is in the limelight – when Russell Crowe’s movie Robin Hood came out in 2010 there was a spike in interest too.’’

Fifteen-year-old Alicia Dale, of Oak Flats, recently did a beginners course after reading Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy.

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