April 14, 2021

Back to the range with Lee Miller

Lee Miller, from Waterside Archers, has got back to the range. As a volunteer, archer and judge, Lee has a lot of experience in archery.

Lee Miller from Waterside Archers has been back to the range and couldn't be happier! Lee is an international judge, Archery GB competitions volunteer and keen archer.

Have a read of Lee's experience of getting back to the range, how to get involved with volunteering and advice on how to get back to the range.

[caption id="attachment_26424" align="aligncenter" width="411"] Lee Miller, Waterside Archers. Photo courtesy of Chris Baigent.[/caption]

How did it feel to get back to the range?

Being back feels amazing. Getting out and meeting friends again, it felt great. I forgot what it felt like to miss the target! Also, it means that we are another step closer to having competitions. This means I'll be able to get back to judging and volunteering throughout the season, as well as competing.

I will be heading to the European Youth Cup in Slovenia in May, as long as restrictions allow, to judge. I'm really looking forward to it and to continue shooting at my club throughout the summer.

What have you missed about being at the range?

The friendly banter and camaraderie. Archery is a friendly, fun and can be a distanced sport. Being at the range brings out the fun side of training.

Any advice for anyone who might be nervous getting back to the field?

Don't be nervous. Everyone will be a little anxious about the new process that your club put in place. Just speak to your committee if you have any concerns.

Above all just enjoy being back at the range and at the sport you love. We are all in this together and cannot wait to see you on the shooting line soon!

[caption id="attachment_26425" align="aligncenter" width="310"] Lee Miller volunteers at Archery GB events as well as his club.[/caption]

What was it like being a volunteer in this time?

Being a volunteer at my club to ensure the range is covid safe, inclusive and ready for archers has been testing. We worked well as a committe and have, thankfully, been able to open the club again. There are many precautions in place, in line with Archery GB and the government.

Volunteers run the clubs, so make sure to thank them when you see them on the shooting line. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes.

Want to get into judging and volunteering?

If you want to get into judging this year, have a look here about how to start your judging journey! Archery GB is also looking for volunteers, check here how to get involved.

Are you currently a volunteer in your club? We are looking for volunteer stories and experiences to share on our channels, get in touch now!

[caption id="attachment_26426" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Lee Miller, international archery judge, with his daughter.[/caption]

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