News / USA

Hollywood Heroines Propel Archery Revival

Hollywood Heroines Propel Archery Revivali
X
March 15, 2013 12:59 PM
The ancient practice of archery is enjoying renewed popularity thanks to popular movies such as "The Hunger Games" and "Brave." VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
Faiza Elmasry
Twelve-year-old Bethanie Borst started archery lessons seven weeks ago, after reading "The Hunger Games," a book featuring a young heroine who wields a bow.

“It’s not easy, it’s hard," Bethanie says. "You have to keep trying and getting it right, but it’s fun.”

Her mother, Amy Borst, believes archery is the right sport for her daughter.

“It’s a very independent sport. It’s not a team sport, so she can go on her own pace," Amy says. "She can concentrate and focus a little bit better because she has to learn to really focus instead of just shooting the arrow immediately. She has to really focus and take her time. I think that applies to school work as well.”

That inner focus also appeals to sixth-grader Russell Sperks. “If I make a goal and I achieve it, it gives me just a sense of accomplishment.”

Bethanie and Russell are taking part in an activity that has been around for centuries. Until guns began to replace archery in the 1600s, the bow and arrow was the weapon of choice for hunters and warriors around for world. However, archery never completely disappeared and has made a comeback, as a sport, in recent years.

Bethanie and Russell's instructor is Ruth Rowe, a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic archery team. As she helps young archers work on their form and technique, she notes that unlike most other sports, archery doesn’t involve speed or agility, quite the opposite.

“You want to be calm, centered within yourself," Rowe says. "It’s very, very quiet. It’s very, very still.”

Interest in the sport surged after the U.S. men’s archery team won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

But Hollywood has been even more important to the sport’s resurgence, according to Rowe.

“Considering that The Hunger Games movies are not going away. Brave is not going away," she says. "There are now TV shows that have people doing archery in the shows. I think there is so much video and ways to see it now that didn’t exist a little bit ago.”

Archery can be an ideal sport to begin later in life.

“It’s parallel to golf in that it’s a precision sport," Rowe says. "It is a life-long sport. We have people starting in their 50s and 60s and they can enjoy it.”

Charles Rendleman is one of those older archers. He was introduced to the sport when his teenage sons started taking lessons four years ago and is now an archery coach.

“One of the things I really like about archery is that it offers personal development," Rendleman says. "As an archer, I can  pay attention to what’s going on within my concentration, coordination and work on that.”

That's just part of the sport’s philosophy.

“Every arrow is a discrete entity," Rowe adds. "Every time you have a chance to start anew. If you make a mistake, the hard part is emotionally letting go with the mistake and get the next arrow to do it the way you need to do it.”

It's a life lesson that’s right on target.

You May Like

Scotland Vote Raises Questions of International Law

Experts say self-determination, as defined and protected by international law, confined narrowly to independence movements in process of de-colonization More

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

Conservationists hail ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015 More

Annual Military Exercise Takes on New Meaning for Ukraine Troops

Troops from 15 nations participating in annual event, 'Rapid Trident' in western Ukraine More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Russian Economy Reeling After New Western Sanctionsi
X
September 18, 2014 2:28 AM
A new wave of Western sanctions is hitting Russia’s economy hard. State-owned energy firms continue to bleed profits and Russia’s national currency plunged to a new low this week after the U.S. and the European Union announced new sanctions to punish Russia's aggressive stance in eastern Ukraine. But as Mil Arcega reports, the sanctions could also prove costly for European and American companies.
Video

Video Russian Economy Reeling After New Western Sanctions

A new wave of Western sanctions is hitting Russia’s economy hard. State-owned energy firms continue to bleed profits and Russia’s national currency plunged to a new low this week after the U.S. and the European Union announced new sanctions to punish Russia's aggressive stance in eastern Ukraine. But as Mil Arcega reports, the sanctions could also prove costly for European and American companies.
Video

Video Belgian Researchers Discover Way to Block Cancer Metastasis

Cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases, despite many new methods to combat it. Modern medicine has treatments to prevent the growth of primary tumor cells. But most cancer deaths are caused by metastasis, the stage when primary tumor cells change and move to other parts of the body. A team of Belgian scientists says it has found a way to prevent that process. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Mogadishu's Flood of Foreign Workers Leaves Somalis Out of Work

Unemployment and conflict has forced many young Somalians out of the country in search of a better life. But a newfound stability in the once-lawless nation has created hope — and jobs — which, some say, are too often being filled by foreigners. Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
Video

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

China says its has sentenced three men to death and one woman to life in prison for a deadly knife attack in March that left more than 30 dead and 140 injured. Beijing says Muslim militants from China's restive western region of Xinjiang carried out the attacks. Now, more than six months after the incident, residents in the city are still coping with the aftermath. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Kunming.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid