Indoor venue proved ideal for winter archery
Arena Manawatu's B & M Centre has held myriad sporting events from inline hockey to table tennis to netball, but until last weekend never archery.
It proved to be a subdued venue out of the mid-winter weather for Archery New Zealand's indoor championships, held at the same time as a parallel event in Dunedin.
Outdoors, archery allows each shooter to have their own target but indoors, with space at a premium, it was three archers per butt (target) in what was 10 hours of competition over two days.
The Manawatu Archery Club was hosting the 40th North Island leg of the indoor championships.
Results were still to be confirmed but the best compound archer was world-ranked Shaun Teasdale from Auckland's Mountain Green club. He was fourth in the individual compound event at last year's Delhi Commonwealth Games. At the weekend he was about 16 points ahead of next best, a Christchurch archer competing at Dunedin.
Next best of the 14 Manawatu Archery Club competitors in the compound (bowls with cables and pulleys) senior bracket was Trev Smithies who was ninth from 12.
Manawatu's Chris McIntosh was third in the cadet compound with Ross Bailey runner-up in the men's masters.
In the recurve (Olympic bow) section, Ashleigh Paap was second in the cadet girls, Mio Petch was sixth in the women's senior, Kieran Sanson won the cub boys and Dave Morse was third in the masters. Tauranga's Mykel Turner won the cadet boys division.