Wheelchair archers take aim at Dorey
By David Weissman, Special to the Citizen 07/10/12
Numerous competitors at last week’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games archery competition at Dorey Park in Varina were too good, repeatedly wearing out the bullseyes on their targets until those targets had to be exchanged among participants.
The competitors were among hundreds who came to Metro Richmond last month to compete in the games during a six-day span.
“Aside from the heat, it went off beautifully,”said Jane Walsh, the head official for the archery meet who was serving her 22nd year with the games.
Temperatures reached 98 degrees during the four hours of competition that began at about 8 a.m. June 28.
More than 60 competitors shot on 33 targets for 12 rounds -–six from 50 meters away and six from 30 meters away. Each competitor shot six arrows per round.
"Probably the hardest part of all is to make sure there are enough volunteers, because it takes at least three per target,” Walsh said.
There were more than enough volunteers to help with tasks ranging from helping load arrows to keeping core to bringing wet towels to competitors during breaks.
“This is the highlight of my year,” Walsh said of the games.“It is an honor to serve the veterans, to be able to be there and to be able to give them a quality event.
“It is an opportunity to interact, to be able to give back to someone who has given almost all of the themselves for this country.”
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games began in Richmond in 1981 with just 74 competitors. Since then, the games have been held each year at cities across the country, rising to nearly 600 competitors.
This was the first year since the inception that the competition was brought back to Metro Richmond.
Other competitions held included basketball,softball and quad rugby.
For the third consecutive year, the Canterbury Recreation Association in Short Pump donated the most meals to the fourth-annual "Dunk Hunger" campaign, which raises money and food donations for FeedMore's Central Virginia Food Bank. Swim teams and community pools throughout the region combined to raise the equivalent of 77,404 meals this year, with the Canterbury group earning the Gold Medal, with 17,454 meals contributed.
CRA will earn a winners’ bash Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at its pool on Pump Road.
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The last Rock ‘n’ Roll Summer outdoor concert at West Broad Village, scheduled Saturday, Aug. 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Short Pump, will feature a salute to the upcoming UCI Road World Cycling Championships, coming to the Richmond region next month. As an all-girl band entertains the public with an AC/DC and Foreigner tribute, representatives from West Broad Village will accept donations of children’s new and lightly used bicycles for redistribution to youngsters at the Virginia Homes for Boys and Girls. > Read more.
CAT Theatre is hosting the Red Eye 10s Coast-to-Coast Play Festival Sept. 18-19. Hosts of the festival across the country cast, rehearse and perform six, contest-winning ten-minute plays from MFA students at Hollins University in the same twenty-four hour period.
On Sept. 18, CAT will host a kick-off meeting at which the plays will be randomly cast and actors will meet with their directors and read the play for the first time. From 9 p.m. until 5 p.m. the following day, casts will rehearse in different venues in the region, convening at CAT in the late afternoon for technical rehearsals. > Read more.
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