Joel Bierling

Rockford Freshman Center to hold Meijer State Games archery competition

June 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

Local cyclist, shooter a featured athlete Over 5,000 athletes are expected to participate in Michigan’s third Olympic-style State Games, which will take place throughout West Michigan through June 22, including the Rockford Freshman Center, 4100 Kroes Street. A Rockford cyclist and rifle marksman is also one of the featured athletes at the biking and small bore rifle competition portions of the State Games. Jeff DeRegnaucourt, of Rockford Sportsman’s Club, is organizing the archery competition at the center, which will take place June 22-24. Last year’s Meijer State Games archers from the Rockford Sportsman’s Club led the parade of athletes into the opening ceremonies at Fifth Third Ball Park. According to DeRegnaucourt, there are 108 archers ranging in age from 5 to 78 competing this year up from 60 last year.. Twenty-three are members of the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) from across the state of Michigan. The kids shoot the bows they were trained on in school as a physical education class. “We are dedicating the entire afternoon from 4 p.m. on Saturday, for their tournament,” he explained. On Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be the first day of the Federal International Archery (FITA) competition. Most amazing for audiences to watch are the two long-distance competitions, the longest of which is 90 meters, the length of a football field. The long distances will be shot Saturday and the shorter distances will be shot Sunday 9 a.m to 3 p.m. As the event is a Star FITA competition, should someone shoot a new national or world record, it will be official. Larry Johnson, who is a certified judge from the United States Archery organization, will officiate. All archers in both the FITA and NASP will participate in opening ceremonies, which this year will be held Friday evening at East Kentwood High School stadium, where they will participate in the parade of athletes along with athletes in 30 other sports. “In total we estimate 5,000 athletes from across Michigan,” DeRegnaucourt stated. The American flag will be flown in by skydivers and the National Anthem will be played with the lighting of the Official Caldron, where the games will be officially opened. The mayor pro tem for the City of Rockford will officiate the […]