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Mains places well in field of 660 archers



ON TARGET: Cameron Mains lets an arrow fly at the National Shooting Championships for 4-H Compound Archery.

Some 660 participants from across 36 states participated in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships the week of June 22-28. Goldendale senior 4-H shooter Cameron Mains was part of the Washington State team that traveled to Grand Island, Nebraska, to compete against the best compound bow archers in the country for the top spot.

Mains qualified for Nationals last spring at the 4-H state competition in Eatonville, Washington. He represented the local 4-H club, Goldendale Archery Sharpshooters led by Bill Campbell. The club helped him fundraise to attend the event in the Midwest, and he also had support from the Klickitat County 4-H Leaders Council.

The weeklong event starts with an equipment check in and practice round. One of the highlights was the Opening Ceremony where each state walked into the Heartland Events Center wearing team uniforms and waved their state flag. The next three days included compound bow archery shooting competitions in FITA, Field, and 3D.

In FITA, Mains shot a total of 72 arrows from 60, 50, 40, and 30 meters for a score of 672, which placed him 21st out of 104 shooters. The second day was quite challenging with strong winds and even a lightening delay during the Field competition. Mains shot four arrows at each of 14 targets and placed 55th with a score of 215.

The last day was his best showing during the 3D shoot at a total of 30 targets. He scored 265, which placed him 10th that day and earned him a spot on the podium. The last day concluded with a closing ceremony and awards.

a lot of people about to release a lot of arrows at the same event.

Overall Mains placed 22nd and called it a success, stating, "I was able to meet a lot of people that also enjoy shooting from so many different states. It was fun and challenging." He also participated in a teen social trading numerous state pins and cooled off on the last night when all shooters got wet at the giant water park in town.

Shooting sports has been part of 4-H since the 1930s. This was the 20th year celebration for the National Shooting Sports Championships for the nine various disciplines including .22 Pistol, .22 Rifle, Air Pistol, Air Rifle, Compound Archery, Muzzleloading, Recurve Archery, Shotgun, and Hunting Skills. The purpose of shooting sports is to teach decision-making, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, and problem solving. It also promotes safety, sportsmanship, ethical behavior, develops leadership skills, and a willingness to assume citizenship responsibility.


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