North Okanagan teen archer Eliana Stein hoping to make it to 2022 BC Winter Games in Vernon

Shooting for BC Games

For Eliana Stein, bows and arrows are a family tradition.

“My dad always had bows around and would take us with him to go shooting,” Stein said on the Armstrong Fish and Game Club website.

This Sunday, Stein will be one of five young archers from the local zone heading to Oliver to compete in the BC Winter Games Zone Trials.

Stein is shooting for a spot on the Zone 2 team which will compete at the 2022 BC Winter Games, to be held in Vernon in February.

At just 15 years old, Stein has spent a lot of time of the range.

“It’s always something we’ve done. This year though, I started to take it seriously and shoot a lot more. Things are stressful in the world and target shooting is relaxing,” said Stein who is a member of the Junior Olympic Program.

Utilizing a basement range and with her father, Edward, as a shooting partner, she has trained through most of the pandemic at home, but now with the games approaching, Stein has begun training with other archers in Vernon.

Leon Meier and Grahame Go, with the Vernon and District Fish and Game Club, have been volunteering their time to help prepare competitors for the trials.

“They have been amazing,” Stein said. “Helping us understand the rules, how to score, and well – everything.”

Added Edward, “It’s been incredible to see the North Okanagan archers join together to ensure this next generation of young talent receives the best opportunities they can to succeed in the sport. A big part of that network for us is Don Williams and the Armstrong Fish and Game Club. He’s always willing to help and connect the right people and this time it was Leon and Grahame.”

The trials will take place at the Cadet Hanger, 5856 Cessna St, Oliver.

Scoring begins at 11 a.m.

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