After suspending their most recent season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dawson County 4-H Archery team began practicing for the 2022 season.
Head coach, current professional shooter Larry Painter, said that the team consisted of over 20 students, ranging from fourth graders to seniors in high school.
“About 50 percent of our students are from fourth to sixth grade,” Painter said. “Then about 40 percent are in high school.”
The team will compete in two different events this season; an indoor event in Perry, Ga on Jan. 22, 2022 and an outdoor event at Rock Eagle 4-H Complex in Eatonton, Ga on April 20, 2022.
The team started as a conjoined team with Lumpkin County, but about seven or eight years ago, Lumpkin broke off, requiring Painter to take over the Dawson County program. Painter said everything he does is “for the kids.”
We worry more about character than shooting, we want them to become good people,” Painter said. “They learn fellowship and camaraderie. Gives them an outlet to do something other than schoolwork. Being a state organization, we try to promote strong beliefs..try to set good guidelines for them.”
Sign-ups are currently closed for the 2022 season.