Archer Tori Dunn has high aims for nationals

BRIMPAEN archer Tori Dunn will depart for Hervey Bay in Queensland today to compete at the Australian Field Archery Championships.

Dunn won a title at the International Field Archery Association world championships in Argentina in 2012, and hopes a strong showing at the Australian championships this year will set her on the path to another world title.

The national field archery championships run from Saturday until Wednesday next week.

Dunn will stay in Queensland for two smaller associated events from April 18 to 21. She said she had big goals for the championships and was in the best form of her career.

"I'd like to come first - I've been doing a lot of preparation, I've got a new bow and I'm shooting better than I have before," she said.

"It would be nice to set a new Australian record up there.

"I don't know if it will happen or not, but I just want to shoot as well as I can."

Hundreds of national and international archers will be in Hervey Bay for the championships. Dunn said a strong showing would set her up well for the world championships in South Dakota, USA this July.

Dunn has already qualified for the world championships, and said she looked forward to returning after a successful outing in Argentina.

"The world championships is as tough as it gets," she said.

"I'll be one of about 20 shooters from Australia going over there, and there's a few shooters I want to learn from.

"There's an American shooter named Sandy McCain who is one of the best in the world, and I'm hoping to shoot with her because they group shooters based on ability."

Dunn took up archery in 2011 and has competed in field archery for most of her short career.

She said she tried Olympic-style target archery last year but did not enjoy it as

much.

"In field archery you shoot at a variety of targets from five metres to 75 metres," she said.

"It could be uphill, it could be downhill, it could be through trees.

"Target archery is okay, but it's always got to be flat and over a set distance - it's a bit more sterile - so I want to stick with field archery."

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