It’s time to learn archery — Hunger Games style

Infuse some Katniss-cool into your fitness routine.

November 24, 2015

By Stacey McLachlan / Photo: John Sinal

“Archery is one of those lifelong sports. You can shoot if you’re five or if you’re 95,” says Sonia Schina as she draws back her bowstring and lets an arrow fly. At age 45 she’s sweetly in the middle of that generation gap, but there’s no doubt she’ll still be shooting decades from now.

She’s been competing for only 11 years, but Schina has managed to become one of the top three female archers in Canada, competing in world championships in locales like Italy, Korea, and Turkey.

Though the sport looks fairly low-impact, holding a bow steady is a physical challenge. “There’s a four-letter word that I don’t like, and it’s ‘core,’” she laughs. And, like any sport, there’s a mental aspect, too. “You’re facing the wind and the rain. It’s a struggle of knowing that you can do it and figuring out those refinements,” Schina says.

Bring Grandma: Master the safety basics in Boorman Archery’s five-week indoor group class ($115), led by certified pros.

Bring Friends: Ready to test your skills? Hit up the indoor shooting range at Maple Ridge Archery with your own equipment (drop-in, $10).

Bring a defibrillator: Hone your technique at STARR Archery, where NCCP-qualified coaches offer initial assessments ($20); follow up with drop-in sessions ($7).

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