It is hoped that the site will not only bring the joys of recreational archery to St. Thomians, but will also be used to help train future members of the Territorial Team. The land will also help enhance the Olympic archery school program that is currently active in Saint-Thomas and Saint-Jean.
To celebrate the opening of the field, VIAF will organize an archery open day from 3:30 p.m. on Sunday 8 December. Those with and without bows are welcome to come and participate (bows brought into the field must be inspected; compound bows cannot pull more than 60 lbs; broadheads are not allowed). There will be three close range targets available for those who want to aim and an Olympic distance target for demonstration purposes. For those without equipment, VIAF has loaned bows and arrows for those who want to try their hand at the sport.
Archery has developed in leaps and bounds in the Caribbean, but until now the archery range at St. Croix was the only place islanders could practice the sport. In the hope of emulating the success of the Sainte-Croix shooting range, with the only club on the island, the Sainte-Croix archery, an informal meeting will take place around 4:30 p.m. at the shooting range to assess interest in creating a club. on Saint-Thomas.
In attendance will be Bruce Arnold, USVI Team Member, Marlon Parohinog, Shooting Master and Archery Instructor, and Leon Hunt, USVI Olympic Committee Member. Questions will be answered with pleasure which are sent to [email protected]