LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Huge blockbusters like "The Hunger Games" and Disney Pixar's "Brave" feature women who know how to use a bow an arrow. And some female archers says its sparked interest in the sport, especially among girls.
"Hollywood has been very helpful to the industry in The Hunger Games especially, the Disney movie Brave. They have archery in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies as well," says 13 year archer, Miranda Schmidt.
"And people see that and they see it's something different, it's a sport that not everybody does and it's kind of exotic and people want to try it and as soon as they try it, they realize that this is a sport that's really fun and can relate to everybody. It doesn't matter if you're old, if you're young, if you're male, if you're female, anybody can do well at the sport of archery."
"We have youth leagues, and we have Park and Rec, and 4H, and the number of girls that have been involved in those programs has increased dramatically over the last 2 years because of The Hunger Games and it's wonderful to see, its wonderful to see girls stepping out of the shell of what a girl should do or what a girl is known to do and really taking that step forward in being strong and doing something that's been predominately driven by men."
6 year archer, Riley Arnold says, "I think archery was definitely more of a men's sport and now it's definitely growing into a family sport which is awesome for the industry and for shooters."
Schmidt says, "Its just so fun to pull back the arrow and let it go and watch it hit exactly what you're shooting for or watch it hit the target. Its a rush to work so hard at something and then have it pay off and you can see it pay off immediately."
If you want to learn more about the sport or maybe take a try at it, visit La Crosse Archery in Onalaska, or check out their website at www.lacrossearchery.com
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