Brent Tankink shooting for Bunbury Archery Club in 2018

Shooting for gold: Brent Tankink is getting ready for a golden 2018 with Bunbury Archery Club. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Shooting for gold: Brent Tankink is getting ready for a golden 2018 with Bunbury Archery Club. Photo: Thomas Munday.

This year, gold is in Bunbury Archery Club intermediate recurve archer Brent Tankink’s sights.

The athlete first picked up the bow and arrow three years ago. 

“My dad and I were looking for something to do together so we saw an ad in the newspaper for archery and decided to try it out,” he said.

“It’s really enjoyable, the feeling of scoring an X is really nice.”

Tankink attends with his father and club recorder Hans Tankink.

The 13-year-old, Bunbury Catholic College student placed 1st for Western Australia and 4th overall in the 2017 National Indoor Championships in the cub division. 

Tankink currently holds 16 club and six state records.

The archer is currently training for this year’s State Championships and the Western Australian section of the World-wide Silver Leprechaun Championships. 

Tankink had some wise words of advice for those looking to take up the sport. 

“Don’t think that you will be really good after one or two training sessions,” he said. 

“You have to keep going and you’ll keep progressing and getting better.” 

Bunbury Archery Club secretary Coral Dandridge was proud of Tankink’s efforts, saying the athlete was a quiet achiever and showcased excellent leadership skills in front of other juniors. 

Mrs Dandridge said it was a pleasure to see Tankink perfect his skills in the training sessions and tournaments.