Lakeside Bowmen began in 1978, our members participate in both Field Archery and Bowhunting. Lakeside is located in a wetland flora and fauna reserve and as such has a very diverse range of plants and animals that are unique to these kind of environments. Our members are a friendly group made up of men and women, who love to promote archery as a social sport. Our club currently has over 250 members.
Lakeside Bowmen is affiliated with the Australian Bowhunters Association (ABA) which is the National body for archery.
We offer both social and competitive ABA shooting. Each month our club holds a club shoot, these shoots can be either a 3D or ABA coloured targets. During club shoots and inter-club shoots our canteen is open and provides hot food and refreshments.
We have a practice range, two ABA ranges with 20 targets winding through a bushland setting, and two IFAA ranges. We also offer coaching for people just wanting to try out archery.
Some of what we offer
We offer a structured "Block Coaching" program, run in two sessions, generally on a Saturday (although we'll do more if there's a demand) from 08:30 to 10:30, then 11:00 to 13:00. We think about two hours is enough for newcomers, using muscles that are new to them, and so that they do not become too bored and loose interest.
Generally, Week 1 is the introductory Safety Talk, which covers safety of themselves, of other shooters and equipment (i.e. warn against dry firing), we assess their Eye Dominance, show them how to stand, how to Anchor and Release, etc.
Totally new people we have generally found they needs about one to one-and-a-half coaching sessions, to be able to grasp the basics, and learn to shoot accurately enough so they are consistently hitting the target bale - if not the centre spot - so we can "Passed Safe for the Range" (PSFTR), confident there will not be too many lost or dangerous misses in the bush.
This is sponsored by the Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC), and "Shaft" stands for "Special Holiday Activities For Teenagers".
Students have to prebook with the MBRC, and we do two sessions in the Christmas, June and September school holidays, on two Tuesday mornings, from 09:00 to 12 noon.
We start off with the safety talk, then move on to shooting, have a pit stop about half way thru, then resume shooting, but with balloons to hit, which are very popular with the children.
There are 3 programs that make up the MBRC Adrenalin program:
- Adrenaline Men
- Adventure Women
- MBRC Outdoor Adventure Families
They are designed to attract Adults older than SHAFT but younger than Older and Bolder. They are (mostly) segregated by sex, so the Ladies are not intimidated by macho males, and we can tell them about their elbows and other area that they may need to watch.
The sessions run for 3 hours, they book in with the MBRC, and we start with the safety talk, etc., take them down to the Practice Range to shoot, have a half way break, the go back for balloon busting.
MBRC Older and Bolder
This is a MBRC for 55 y.o. and senior citizens. It is run on similar lines to the Adrenaline Men/Adventure Women programs.