Banora bowman scores bullseye
By ADAM WRATTEN
BANORA Point's Greg Jans is Australia's top master indoor archer after winning the national compound title over 18 metres at Adelaide on the weekend.
Jans shot 120 arrows over the two-day event, scoring a 560 out of 600 and 559 out of 600 on the respective days to win by four points in the men's masters division.
The local real estate agent, who is also president of the Gold Coast Archery Club, returned to the sport, after a 15-year absence, about 18 months ago.
This is his biggest title win to date, although he also represented his native New Zealand during his first stint in the sport.
After competing in Australia in 1989, he decided with wife Cheryl (who was a New Zealand ladies champion in the sport) to relocate with his family to this country in 1990. He said he first got involved in archery when his sons took up the sport in New Zealand.
Jans now has his sights set on the Queensland Indoor Championships which will be held at Toowoomba next month and ultimately would love to compete at the world indoor titles in Germany in two years time.
While archery is an Olympic sport, it's the recurve form, not the compound version Jans competes in. Jans said archery was a constant challenge.
"You are always competing against yourself every time you compete," he said.
"You need strong self control and a strong self belief." Anyone interested in taking up archery can either turn up at the Gold Coast club's Sunday morning sessions from 9am at the council park on Golden Valley Road, off Tallebudgera Creek Road, West Burleigh or call Greg Jans on 0413 143 868 or 5523 3283 (after hours).
The club has steadily grown over the last couple of years to 22 members.
Jans said a recent grant from the Queensland Community Gambling Fund would enable the club to buy new training equipment, which would benefit newcomers.