The World Archery Championships are coming to Yankton

YANKTON, SD (Dakota News Now) – The Yankton, South Dakota-based National Field Archery Association Foundation (NFAAF) will host the World Field Archery Championships Oct. 3-9 at NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center (NEYAC).

NEYAC, the largest archery center in the world, will welcome nearly 400 visitors from more than 30 countries for the seven-day event. On October 2 and 3, athletes, coaches and managers will prepare for the events with accreditation, official practices and equipment inspection.

The event will feature the world’s best archers shooting bare, compound and recurve bows including:

● Quadruple Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020); three-time Olympic medalist (2 silver, 1 bronze); and fan favorite Brady Ellison, USA ● World No. 1 Compound Archer Mike Schloesser, Netherlands ● World No. 1 Compound Women’s Archery, Ella Gibson, Great Britain

● And more reigning world champions!

The first two days of the championships will be held at the picturesque Gavins Point Horse Camp at the Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area where the archers will shoot an unscored qualifying round on Tuesday and a scored qualifying round on Wednesday.

Bruce Cull, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, said: “We are delighted to present the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area and believe we have created some of the toughest qualifying beaches in recent history. Field archery is similar to golf in that they shoot at targets of varying sizes at different distances. It takes a lot of skill! It’s going to be a fun week of archery.

On October 6 and 7, the competition will be moved to the NFAA Easton Yankton facility for individual and team playoff games.

The medal matches will take place on October 8 and 9 with the team finals on Saturday October 8 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and the individual finals on Sunday October 9 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.).

Alongside the Archery World Finals, NEYAC will host the FNBO ArcheryFest. This community event is free and open to the public.

Participants of all ages can enjoy a variety of archery activities (3D archery, archery trap, archery lessons), garden games, inflatables, an artisanal beer garden, local food trucks, and more.

Earnest A. Martinez