Archery Becoming New Teen Interest Thanks to Novels and Hollywood reports Rainbow Ridge School
Interest in archery for teens is ever-growing following depiction in blockbuster films
Katniss Everdeen, who is the 16-year-old protagonist who hunts with a bow in The Hunger Games is just one of many movie and TV characters that has recently been inspiring American youth to take up archery.
Since the March release of the movie that is based upon the popular book series, combined with archery events that have been televised (including the Summer Olympics in London) more young people have found interest in taking up archery.
USA Archery, the national governing body for the Olympic sport, reported that 357 youths competed in the most recent Easter Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) National. In 2001, only 171 competed, showing at least a doubling in interest.
“The biggest uptick we have seen is in youth in general, specifically the 15-17 year old age category,” said Teresa Iaconi, a rep for USA Archery. “Our JOAD clubs and coaches across the country are telling us that they are seeing more young women than they ever have before, and our tournament attendance is reporting higher participation from girls in the cadet division.”
Besides the Katniss character in Hunger Games, Princess Merida from the movie “Brave” also dauned the bow-and-twine, as well as Tauriel, who is a woodland elf in The Hobbit, and Charlie Matheson also used a bow in the TV show 'Revolution, which is essentially just Hunger Games meets The Day After Tomorrow meets a fear of Obamacare.
Carolina Murphy is a seventh grader from Pennsylvania who took up archery after seeing the hunger games. She says she practices 10 hours per week at X-Ring Archers in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Katniss is very strong and inspirational,’’ Murphy said. “No matter what obstacles she faces, she keeps going and never turns back.
“Archery has brought our daughter a strong sense of mastery and self confidence that I believe is difficult to teach,” says Carolina's mother, Colleen Murphy.
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