STRAIGHT AND NARROW: Sisters Rebecca Bryden and Natalie Clinghan bring some traditional archery to the Eight Day Games. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSK I 1121dc8day2WHILE competition was fierce during the final instalment of the Eight Day Gameson Saturday, competitors also took the opportunity to enjoy the event, in many cases in the company of their loved ones.
Sisters Natalie Clinghan, 31 and Rebecca Bryden, 32, have competed in the games for the past three years, but they have turned up to the past two in fancy dress.
In keeping with Saturday’s activities of clay target shooting and archery, they arrived dressed as American Indians, complete with moccasins, although Ms Bryden’s steady hand during practice was much steadier than her arrow headband indicated.
“It’s just fun and we aren’t the most athletic people, so it gets us in the mood and we are crazy about dress-ups,” Ms Clinghan said.
Ms Clinghan joked she liked the cancellation of the athletics activities the most in favour of ball activities, but Ms Bryden said the event offered the opportunity to do something different.
SETTING THE TARGET: Father and son Lenny and Jono Punch practise their archery skills as part of the Eight Day Games. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 1121dc8day5
“It makes you try sports you haven’t tried before or knew they existed in Orange,” she said.
In their 24th and 13th years in the competition respectively, father and son Lenny and Jono Punch are veterans of the event and took out the top places in the clay shooting stage.
Lenny, 55, said its spirit kept them coming back.
“It’s become a bit of a family and it’s also nice to get new competitors in the games,” he said.
Jono, 30, said he had his sights set on the top three after consistently ranking in the top five and winning the competition twice, while his father said he hoped for top 12.
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