WAYC Rollout

The last stack of targets awaits placement on an archery stand, one final preparation for the WAYC tournament, in which shooting competition begins Tuesday, June 9. The public is invited to attend, free of charge, shooting competitions and the opening ceremony, which will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7.

Organizers at the Easton Yankton Archery Complex has spent the past 12 months answering the logistical questions of complex renovation, transportation, finance and accommodation (to name a few) necessary to host the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships (WAYC) since receiving the bid in 2014.

One year later, they are ready to show off their planning efforts, beginning this weekend.

And they hope the public will take part in this world class event, free of charge.

"I think this is a great experience for anyone who has never experienced an event like this," said Nancy Wenande, tournament manager. "It’s really exciting to watch and see how good some of the shooters are."

The public is invited to attend the opening ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday at the archery complex. The ceremony will include speakers from World Archery, Bruce Cull, National Field Archery Association president; a parade of nations which will highlight flags from the 51 countries represented; presentation of the colors by South Dakota National Guard; Native American dancers and two performing buffalo. The opening ceremony is expected to last about an hour.

Not only is the public invited to the opening ceremony, but also all shooting events throughout the week-long competition. The first shooting event will be qualification rounds for both recurve and compound divisions beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 9.

Scheduled Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11, are individual eliminations beginning at 9 a.m.

Mixed team eliminations will be shot at 9 a.m. Friday, June 12, and will tentatively conclude before 1:30 p.m.

Wenande is most excited for the head-to-head competition that can be seen during the finals matches.

"It’ll be the cream of the crop," she said. "The finals will be a venue built right in front of the archery center where it’s head-to-head competition for third and fourth, first and second place."

The compound finals match will take place Saturday, June 13, and recurve on Sunday, June 14, tentatively beginning at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days.

There is not just one closing ceremony, Wenande explained. Each division’s finals act as a closing ceremony. That decision is made in part due to television broadcast that will be seen by billions around the world.

According to Wenande, as far as watching the event, spectators should consider two things. She says there will be many archers shooting and from distances that can best be viewed with binoculars. She also touched on being respectful to the diverse group of archers and their competing styles.

"Some teams will be really loud and others will be quieter," she said. "As far as etiquette goes, spectators will be able to gauge off of how other teams are reacting."

The public is asked to park at the Best Western Kelly Inn and utilize a walking trail that connects from the hotel to the two fields behind the complex. Trails will also connect the archery complex to the fields so attendees can walk through the vendors. For those with a mobile disability, parking is available at the archery complex.

Wenande said the scheduled times are not final and subject to change.

"I’m excited that it’s finally here," she said. "Overnight, (the complex) is going to transform from two empty fields to a world class competition venue."

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