For accomplished archers, Brodie, Jamie and Josie Hatch, the eternal argument is which international form of the sport is the most challenging – compound or recurve shooting? But the banter between the siblings is all in good fun, and over the years the trio have always supported each other in their many successes. Last year saw the talented youngsters, along with their parents, concentrate on Target Shooting through Archery Australia and ANSW (Archery NSW), subsequently the family spent most of their weekends competing in Sydney. But just like in previous years it was worth it as they have all managed to remain at the top of their game with 16-year-old Brodie, 13-year-old Jamie, and 11-year-old Josie, recently named on the 2018 NSW Youth Team. In addition to this, compound shooters Brodie and Josie have been selected in the 2018 Youth Australian Trans-Tasman team.
Unfortunately, Jamie who competes in the recurve class, narrowly missed out but he has his sights firmly set on the Paris summer Olympics in 2024. Currently recurve bows are the only type permitted in Olympic competition. At present the general consensus is that these traditional bows require considerably more strength and finesse to shoot. Although most archery aficionados agree that given its expanding popularity, it’s only a matter of time until compound archery is included. Their mother, Rebecca, says all of the kids have had highs and lows throughout the year. “But we were all so very excited and proud when Brodie, Jamie, and Josie were all recently named on the 2018 NSW Youth Team. Not only that, both Brodie and Josie were honoured to also be named on the Youth Australian Trans-Tasman team,” she says.
The 2018 Australian Archery Youth Nationals will be held from April 12-18 at Morwell Victoria, and . following this Brodie and Josie will represent Australia at the Trans-Tasman event. Here are the trio’s highlights for 2017:
- Brodie: 1st in State Indoor, 1st in State Field, 2nd in State Short Course, 2nd in State Target &11th at National Indoor;
- Jamie: 1st in State Field (with a new State Record), 1st in State Short Course (with new State Record), 2nd in State Target, 2nd in State Indoor & 3rd at National Indoor;
- Josie: 3rd at State Field, 4th at State Target, 5th at State Short Course, 4th at State Indoor & 9th at National Indoor.
From 2016 when both J amie and Josie claimed the title of Barebow IFAA World Champions, to last weekend when all three came first their divisions gaining IFAA State Titles, go team Hatch and good luck in April.