For Eliana Stein, bows and arrows are a family tradition.
“My dad always had bows around and took us with him to go shoot,” Stein said on the Armstrong Hunting and Fishing Club website.
This Sunday, Stein will be one of five young archers from the local zone to travel to Oliver to compete in the BC Winter Games zone trials.
Stein is aiming for a spot on the Zone 2 team for the 2022 BC Winter Games, which will be held in Vernon in February.
At just 15 years old, Stein spent a lot of time on the range.
“It’s always something we’ve done. This year however, I started to take it seriously and shoot a lot more. Things are stressful in the world and target shooting is relaxing, ”said Stein, a member of the Junior Olympic Program.
Using a basement shooting range and with her father, Edward, as a shooting partner, she trained for most of the pandemic at home, but now, with the games approaching, Stein has started to train with other archers in Vernon.
Leon Meier and Grahame Go, of the Vernon and District Fish and Game Club, volunteered their time to help prepare the competitors for the events.
“They were amazing,” said Stein. “Help us figure out the rules, how to score, and good – everything.”
Edward added, “It’s amazing to see archers across the North Okanagan coming together to ensure this next generation of young talent is given the best possible opportunities to succeed in the sport. A big part of that network for us is Don Williams and the Armstrong Fish and Game Club. He’s always ready to help and connect the right people and this time it was Leon and Grahame.
Testing will take place at the Cadet Hanger, 5856 Cessna St, Oliver.
The count starts at 11 a.m.
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