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    In NFAS they take up crossbow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyW View Post
    In NFAS they take up crossbow.
    If my club had not outlawed crossbows in its constitution (like most clubs) I would be shooting a crossbow for sure.
    That was my original plan until I found I could not find a club in order to safely do so, so I went compound which is a good second best for me.

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    In that case - welcome. Fun aren't they? Try NFAS next, no pretend bunny is safe and you get to play with Xbows. There's a vicious rumour that a compound Xbow class is a possible for the future so all is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyW View Post
    In that case - welcome. Fun aren't they? Try NFAS next, no pretend bunny is safe and you get to play with Xbows. There's a vicious rumour that a compound Xbow class is a possible for the future so all is good.
    Oh yes a lot of fun, i had a go on my uncles in the US. It was a compound crossbow with a reverse draw ( I don't know the proper name for it) I enjoyed that more than his 308 rifle. And that's why I started in archery as I got hooked on shooting arrows.
    The only issue and why I do not own a crossbow (yet) is that I have nowhere to shoot safely, as a garden would be risky with that kinda power much like my compound bow.
    I did consider starting a club but that seems more of a dream than possible reality.

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    I have mentioned on more than a few occasions that the last thing that I'd want any of my kids to be is a professional sportsman and particularly an Olympic athlete
    The investigations into the leading performers with the traditional Olympic sports indicates that the competition is so high, training should start no later than three. That's not saying it's the best age. It's reporting that the current champions were started in their sport BEFORE they were three years old.
    The report also indicated that as more sports were entering worldwide competition, they were being dominated by athletes who had started training earlier.
    Imagine growing up with your life revolving around one central activity. It's not so much of an issue if you have a dominant priority from the start.

    K Anders -Ericcson's studies of expertise indicated that the top sportspeople all had the key factors of starting very young, having opportunities to develop and had a lot of parental support.
    The absolute best sportspeople in sports that don't have any potential to provide an income end up becoming specialists at not being employable to do anything else. They become specialists at a very early age.
    I had a friend who was a Lotus Notes God and when his work finally got jack of paying IBM, they transitioned away from Notes and within six months, his major skillset made him the least useful member of the IT department.

    At least the Australian Institute of Sport gives athletes courses on how to manage money.

    I wouldn't wish or encourage a lifetime commitment for limited earning potential on anyone I cared about.

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    I wonder how many of our current crop of "elite" archers have anything to fall back on? I know some like Nicky Hunt have qualifications like physioterrorist but I suspect most have will have nothing but their memories. I doubt many are still BAE engineers these days. Some seem to be able to generate profiles in excess of their achievements but how long will that last for in a cut throat game?
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