Ready? Aim? Fire!
During its 25-year history, the St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) Archery club has become well-acquainted with this familiar phrase. In fact, it runs right through the school’s athletic corridor.
The club is led by Kim Celotti, the school's Admissions Assistant, Elisa Noce an SMCS Modern Languages Teacher, and Joan McDonald, a former Olympian.
THE OLYMPIC EFFECT
Joan is a six-time Olympic Coach and now Archery Canada’s System Pathway Coach ahead of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. Both coach and moderator have kept a strong St. Michael’s College School tradition alive by teaching the intricacies of how to use a bow and arrow to all students who wish to learn.
In addition to the Archery club at SMCS, Joan also leads the Bullseye Buccaneers. This after-hours club has supported the growth and skill development of archery enthusiasts, since 1993.
Every Monday from 4 to 6 p.m., Joan, Kim, and Elisa teach archers techniques and skills to shoot their arrows properly and accurately.
AIMING FOR ACCURACY
“The club teaches them how to be attentive to detail, demonstrate patience and execute on any mental plans they put together,” says Joan. Students in Grades 7 to 12 have been attracted to this club for years for that very reason.
“SMCS Archery is about more than achieving the best score. The club focuses on progressive growth and healthy competition in a non-traditional sport, while learning the core techniques and skills to develop and grow as an archer,” she says.
Archery club moderator Kim Celotti believes the club emphasizes progression within each one of the students --- individually. “We really encourage growth and development in the sport and always working towards a personal best,” she says.
THE BIG STAGE
The club however goes above and beyond just a weekly practice session.
On April 9, dozens of schools are set to take over the SMCS gym to participate in the Fr. Mulcahy, CSB Archery Tournament, a tradition for more than 25 years.
More than two dozen SMCS students will compete against upwards of 60 students from across the GTA.
Results from the spring competition will count, as SMCS students who qualify based on their performance at the Fr. Mulcahy Tournament are then set to compete in the Ontario High School Invitational Archery Tournament in Richmond Hill on May 5. St. Michael’s College School won gold at this prestigious tournament in 2013.
Learn more about the St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) Archery club: https://www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com/student-life/clubs-activities .