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Over 450 athletes from around the province competed at the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation provincial archery tournament on Saturday.
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation has been busy growing its archery program over the past five years. Not only has the program grown exceptionally well on its own, all the schools in the Prairie South School Division signed on for full programs to start next fall.
“It is growing so fast,” said Darrell Crabbe, Executive Director at the Federation. “We started with just 10 schools and now was are at 155 schools and expect that to be pushing 200 schools by the next school year.
The program was developed in the United States by some of the Olympic coaches for the US archery team and the program is worldwide, including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
The Federation oversees the organization that brings archery into the schools in the province. Over the weekend, the Federation held the provincial archery tournament in Moose Jaw at Riverview, Empire and Westmount schools with over 450 athletes registered with 75 coaches as well.
“We ended up with a terrific number of people from all over Saskatchewan and it went very well,” said Crabbe.
Not many athletes from Moose Jaw participated in the provincial event because the program is still so new to the schools here.
“This is a school driven program that is available to those in Grades 4-12,” said Crabbe. “We have to go to each school board and convince them of the values of the program and Moose Jaw is really just starting to come on main street now.”
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