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NEWBERRY – The archery competition at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex included 15 state champions, several national champions and USA archery team Olympic Silver medalist Jake Kaminski from this year’s London games.

The competition on Sept. 29, called a pin shoot, has grown to about 70 youth participants since the first one was held about two years ago, said Robert Turner, head archery coach at the complex. The shoots are held at the conclusion of two-month class sessions for area youth throughout Alachua County.

As the students improve their distance and scores in the sport, they earn new pins. Each year has seen an increasing number of students participating in the end-of-season shoots, which are intended to give them the feel of real archery competition. “They are enjoyable and have become so popular that their size rivals major shoots in the state,” Turner said about the local pin shoots.

This year’s shoot was particularly noteworthy for participants as they not only had their pictures taken with an Olympic medalist archer, they received signed mementoes as well.

Easton Newberry Sports Complex is a community-based facility that encompasses a full range of sports and offers a wide spectrum of classes and activities for archers. About 170 people will be taught this week in classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

“People don’t know it, but there are very high-level things going on over at the complex,” he said. It is one of the leading archery facilities in the country and houses one of the largest groups of youth arches in the state under the Junior Olympic Archery Development program. It has partnerships with the City of Newberry, USA Archery (USAA), and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Kaminski moved to Daytona after taking home the silver medal in the men’s team round for archery and is looking to share his passion for the sport with up and coming youth in the area, Turner said. He may use the facility to train for future dates, although this is not confirmed.

“Having him in the state means our talented youth could meet or possibly shoot next to one of the greatest archers in the modern era,” Turner said.

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NEWBERRY – The archery competition at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex included 15 state champions, several national champions and USA archery team Olympic Silver medalist Jake Kaminski from this year’s London games.

The competition on Sept. 29, called a pin shoot, has grown to about 70 youth participants since the first one was held about two years ago, said Robert Turner, head archery coach at the complex. The shoots are held at the conclusion of two-month class sessions for area youth throughout Alachua County.

As the students improve their distance and scores in the sport, they earn new pins. Each year has seen an increasing number of students participating in the end-of-season shoots, which are intended to give them the feel of real archery competition. “They are enjoyable and have become so popular that their size rivals major shoots in the state,” Turner said about the local pin shoots.

This year’s shoot was particularly noteworthy for participants as they not only had their pictures taken with an Olympic medalist archer, they received signed mementoes as well.

Easton Newberry Sports Complex is a community-based facility that encompasses a full range of sports and offers a wide spectrum of classes and activities for archers. About 170 people will be taught this week in classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

“People don’t know it, but there are very high-level things going on over at the complex,” he said. It is one of the leading archery facilities in the country and houses one of the largest groups of youth arches in the state under the Junior Olympic Archery Development program. It has partnerships with the City of Newberry, USA Archery (USAA), and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Kaminski moved to Daytona after taking home the silver medal in the men’s team round for archery and is looking to share his passion for the sport with up and coming youth in the area, Turner said. He may use the facility to train for future dates, although this is not confirmed.

“Having him in the state means our talented youth could meet or possibly shoot next to one of the greatest archers in the modern era,” Turner said.

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