Archers aim at target
ARCHERY came into the Chisholms' lives after a trip to a Melbourne shooting range got them hooked on the sport nearly a decade ago.
Requiring large amounts of precision, control, determination, repetition and most of all patience, Kate Chisholm never hesitated to encourage her kids into the sport.
"We took the kids to a range down there (Melbourne) and they all loved it so I looked for somewhere to do it when we got home," Mrs Chisholm said.
Now as secretary of Tweed Valley Archers, putting a bow and arrow in the hands of son Taylor was an easy decision for her.
"Taylor has been shooting for at least four or five years and he was hooked on it after that first shoot. It is a great hobby and professional sport, depending on how far you want to take it."
The club, which has more than 30 members, meets on the third Sunday of every month on private land owned by their president in Chillingham.
One new addition to the shoot days is the running pig, a fake feral pig that moves across the property on a cable slightly above the ground.
"The flying pig came through the last shoot - he did really well but has been missing in action lately so we might have to bring him back as he is a good challenge," Mrs Chisholm said.
Taylor uses a compound bow while mum Kate shoots with a recurve bow, two very different pieces of equipment that vary greatly in their function.
"Taylor's compound bow is far more powerful than mine and you can fit a scope to his. They are far more expensive than a conventional bow," Mrs Chisholm said.
As the Tweed Valley Archers continue to grow as a club, they require a permanent land base to shoot.
"We need permanent land to call home as we grow because at the moment we are using our president's private land," Mrs Chisholm said.
To inquire about the club, call her on 0410 187 963.