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Bow International Issue 146

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Bow International is the world's only specialist target archery print magazine, and within each issue you'll find news and reviews, new gear, technique, advice and tips; plus exclusive interviews from the world's greatest archers.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
tuning in

Hello! Welcome to issue 146 of Bow International. This month is the 'Tuning Special'. Tuning has long been a bit of a personal bugbear for me and I've always found it tricky. It's taken a while to gestate, but I'm very pleased with Ashe Morgan's detailed piece this month on recurve tuning; which adds both depth (it's not a 'basic tune') and clarity to the process. The idea is to find something that is both testable and repeatable, but without tying you down into a never-ending process of second guessing. I think he's done an amazing job, as have all our contributors this month. There's an astonishing amount of valuable information on the pages of this issue. One of the eternal issues with the sport – and one I think…

1 min.
bow news

WORLD RECORDS TUMBLE IN 2020 At least 24 world records have been broken this year since World Archery recognition resumed in June. Mike Schloesser shot a new compound record for the WA1440 round in the Netherlands in August, breaking Peter Elzinga’s compound men’s mark on the 1440 Round by two. Kang Chae Young [above] upped a long-standing distance score for recurve women at a Korean tournament at the beginning of July, shooting 354 for the 36-arrow round at 60m and breaking the senior women's record by a point. Many new records for barebow have been shot, with John Demmer of the USA breaking the men's record for a 50-metre ranking round by six points with 665, while Maria Olesen of Denmark added nine points to the women's record with 621 points. Twelve new world…

1 min.
john cavanagh retires

Paralympic champion John Cavanagh has retired from archery due to a steady worsening of long-term injuries. The GB para-archer featured in five successive Paralympic Games, winning individual W1 gold at Athens 2004, and a silver at Beijing 2008. A statement from ParalympicsGB said Cavanagh had been suffering with an ongoing shoulder injury. "Retiring from the competitive aspect of archery at the end of this summer has actually been my intention for a couple of years," Cavanagh said. "The plan was to try and compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games and then finish regardless of whether or not I made the team." "With the Games now postponed for a year there was an option to continue into 2021 but the steady worsening of my long-term injuries means that this is not possible – and to attempt…

1 min.
international competition resumes in antalya

With the indoor World Series now going fully virtual over the 2020/2021 indoor season, and the COVID era still firmly part of most Western countries, the international archery calendar remains in a state of flux. The major international open-entry indoor events, such as Nimes and the Vegas Shoot, are still planned to take place early next year, although as of this writing neither have yet opened registration. It is assumed that decisions on whether events will go ahead will be taken before the end of the year. The Lausanne World Archery Excellence Centre is thought to be an option for an alternative venue for international indoor competition, depending on the current global situation. One outdoor international event did take place, in Antalya, which hosted 107 archers from 13 countries including Great Britain for…

1 min.
tec-hro sightdamper released

The German manufacturers, who makes products for multiple shooting sports are expanding their archery range with a damper that is screwed onto the back of the sight rail, designed for archers who prefer 'less vibrations'. The rubber damper, including the stainless steel head, weighs just ten grams. The TEC-HRO SightDamper is available in two thread sizes: the 8/32 inch thread for American products, and the M4 thread for Asian or European products. The heads of the dampers are available in the matt silver of the stainless steel, or powder-coated in green, red, blue or white. The cost is around 13 EUR each. More information at www.tec-hro.de…

4 min.
rising phoenix

Rising Phoenix, the feature-length documentary released in August 2020 on Netflix, will stand as an important milestone in the Paralympic movement. It’s a high-gloss, dramatic celebration of the power of sport to transform lives. If you have the streaming service at home, it is well worth a couple of hours of your time. Obviously, it was planned to coincide with the Tokyo competition this year but, of course, we’ll all have to wait another 12 months for that. In the meantime, filmmakers Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui have produced a piece of work that casts para-athletes as literal superhumans. There are a few nods to Marvel movies in this. The subtext is clear; these are the real superheroes. Bookended by the scarred, otherworldly figure of Italian fencer Bebe Vio, wandering around what…