Champions crowned at 12-hour endurance archery tournament in Minto

Thousands of arrows were sent flying in Minto on Friday.

A bunch of hardy locals showed true grit as Archery at Campbelltown PCYC ran a 12-hour endurance shoot at its Minto home base.

Paul Johnson, Nathan Fisher and Tenielle Dredge were crowned grand champions after shooting arrows for the full 12 hours.

Mr Johnson said the trio would shoot 90 arrows over a 45-minute period before taking a 15-minute break.

He said the weight of pulling back an arrow was about 18 kilograms each.

"We shot well over 1000 arrows each for the entire day," Mr Johnson said.

"It wasn't fun, I was pretty tired by the end of it. A lot of things were aching over the next few days too."

Mr Johnson paid credit to young archers Oliver Lee-Lockwood, Adam and Damian Hill, Jasper Aranda, Ben McGarrity and Riley Phillips who competed for three hours apiece.

He said the weight of pulling back an arrow was about seven to nine kilograms each.

"That took a fair amount of endurance, it was a good day," Mr Johnson said.

The event was also held to raise funds for Red Nose Day, which support families of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Mr Johnson said the club raised $510 for SIDS.

"Our target was $500 so that was a good effort for a good cause," he said.

Mr Johnson said he first became interested in the sport because his father and brother were archers.

"I have anxiety and trembling hand issues, so it's been good for my muscle memory and to learn control," he said.

"It's good to have an ability to focus in and hold steady."

Mr Johnson and Mr Fisher are volunteer instructors at Archery at Campbelltown PCYC.

Mr Johnson said it was satisfying to teach archery to youngsters. He said anyone could take up the sport.

"As long as you can pull back a bow, you can do it," he said.

"You have young kids come in and on day one, they can't get anywhere near the bulls eye.

"Over time, you teach them techniques and they start constantly hitting the target. It's rewarding."

Archery at Campbelltown PCYC runs sessions on Wednesdays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 8-11am.

The club is based at 95 Minto Road, Minto.