Archery program right on target

BARRY’S BAY – Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) is one of only a handful of schools across Ontario taking part in an archery pilot program.

Last year, 14 members of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) were trained by members of the National Archers in the Schools Program (NASP.) The program was founded in Kentucky, U.S.A. and soon after gained momentum with neighbouring states.

Today, there are more than 12.5 million youth participating each year in the 12,000 NASP schools in 10 different countries.

As part of the pilot program, instructors from 13 Ontario schools were chosen to be part of the initial training in 2014.

Germaine Parcher, the physical education teacher at MVDHS, was one of the instructors trained. She admitted she was hesitant when learning the sport at first, but added it did not take long for her to fine-tune the skill.

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