COLUMBUS — Ashe County’s very own Archers in the Mountains archery club traveled to Columbus, North Carolina on March 6 for the North Carolina Indoor Championship for Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and adult archery.
The club, founded by John Council, has been in existence since last June.
“We moved here from Georgia about four years ago and our kids had been involved in something similar and we started searching and there wasn’t anything really available nearby,” said Council. “So I decided to go get certified as an instructor and get something developed here.”
The Archers in the Mountains Club brought home five first place awards and one second place finish. Matthew Yount, Drew Yount, Phil Yount, and Bethany Council all placed first in their divisions shooting Barebow. Autumn Council placed first in her division and John Council placed second in his division, both shooting Olympic Recurve. Ethan Council came in sixth in his division and Charlotte Council was great support to all who participated.
Archers in the Mountains offers Junior Olympic Archery Development as well as Adult Archery Achievement Programs. Archers earn achievement awards while developing their skills for competition or just for recreation. This popular sport is fun for the whole family.
If you are interested in taking up the sport, you can sign up for next Introduction to Archery class. Classes are held at Family Central.
“We are trying to do introduction classes at least once a month to reach out to people that may be interested, both youth and adults,” said Council.
You can find Archers in the Mountains on archeryevents.com, on Facebook or reach the group by e-mail at email@example.com .
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87