Archery hits a bullseye with tween girls, thanks to 'The Hunger Games'


by Katherine Whaley / KHOU 11 News

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 13 at 2:23 PM

HOUSTON—It’s an old sport that’s getting a lot of fresh attention. Right now, archery is one of the hottest activities for summer, thanks to the blockbuster hit, “The Hunger Games.”

Archery is 5,000 years old, but “tween” girls are now picking up a bow and arrow as a new hobby.

”I tried it and I was like, this is really cool,” 11-year-old Trinity Hardy said.

Trinity picked up the bow and arrow for the first time last month. Her inspiration was Katniss Everdeen; the heroine of the box office record-setter. In the movie, archery takes center stage in the life-or-death game of survival.

”First I saw the movie and then I read the books and I was overwhelmed by how amazing it felt learning about her using the bow and arrow,” Trinity said.

”The book generated such a buzz about it, and then the movie piqued it,” archery coach James Loesch said. He has seen his classes fill with first-timers ready to learn the techniques.

The girls not only enjoy the strength and precision it takes to shoot, but also the mental focus it takes to hit the target.

“The mental part of it is what can make it really good or really bad,” Madeleine Ducote, a 12-year-old indoor national champion, said.

She welcomes the new excitement about the sport. “Some of us who were doing it way before 'The Hunger Games' are like... cool,” she said.

So when it comes to fun, for these girls, archery is hitting a bullseye!