Friday’s 2015 World Archery Youth Championships (WAYC) mixed team and team eliminations concluded early, but for organizers, the day’s work was just beginning.
That work included building the finals venue for this weekend’s final competitions.
"The biggest reason we set up the finals venue (Friday) and not prior to the event was the equipment," said National Field Archery Association (NFAA) president, Bruce Cull. "A lot of the equipment being used on (the finals field) was also being used on the regular fields, so we couldn’t bring that over here until now."
The finals field will be located in front of the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex building as opposed to behind, where competition took place all week.
"The biggest thing we tried to do was showcase the facility," Cull said. "The name of our facility and the building in the background can be seen (during the weekend’s finals). That’s really what we want to show the world – who we are and what we are."
Archers will shoot their final matches in a western setting. Cull said the venue will continue with the South Dakota-theme, including teepees, covered wagons, hay bales and a Mount Rushmore replica.
The finals field is being constructed with increased spectator viewing in mind, according to Cull.
"We had a big crowd for the opening ceremony, and we expect and hope to see a sizeable one for this weekend’s finals," he said. "This is the grand finale of the whole (competition), and what we’ve been telling the community is the really big spectator competition."
Cull described viewing the WAYC finals as the same as watching archery competition at the Olympics. The finals will be a head-to-head format consisting of archers competing for first through fourth places.
The observers at the complex in Yankton won’t be the only spectator’s at the weekend’s finals.
Should a final test scheduled for Friday evening determine a fix in an earlier issue with The World Archery YouTube link, World Archery will broadcast the finals matches live via Archery TV on its YouTube Channel, said Chris Wells, World Archery multi-media coordinator.
The live webcast is expected to attract approximately 100,000 viewers from more than 70 countries during the weekend’s competition.
After competition concludes, World Archery cuts individual matches from the WAYC finals and also uploads them to their YouTube channel, in which they expect the same traffic over the course of the next few weeks, according to Welsh.
Today’s (Saturday) finals will feature all Compound shooting divisions, beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. with cadet team matches. Compound cadet individual matches will immediately follow at approximately 10:40 a.m. and the awards ceremony is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.
Compound junior team matches will begin after the lunch break at approximately 2 p.m. Individual matches in the same shooting category will follow immediately at approximately 3:10 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 4:15 p.m.
Sunday’s Recurve finals competition will follow the same format as Saturday’s competition.
"The finals are very spectator friendly and everyone really gets into it," Cull said. "I welcome everyone to come out. This is the big kahuna; this is the end."
Watch the finals on World Archery’s YouTube channel at www.archery.tv.
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