There’s a new sports group on island and keeps its doors open for new members.
The Make Your Mark Archery Club was established mid this year and the group so far has 20 members who are practicing regularly at the Pacific Islands Club Saipan.
Eileen No, the club co-president (Oliver Lee is the other head), said their current members are divided into two teams and each group has their own schedule of training at the PIC Saipan’s archery range to comply with the government and the hotel’s safety measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Team 1 meets and practices every Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm, while Team 2 hold its session every Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm.
“We usually have our individual archery range to practice shooting arrows and we are working on recording our points to see if we are making any progress or not. We also have a walk-in archery practice session during the weekends, anytime between 2pm and 6pm,” the Saipan International School 12th grader said.
The archery club’s members are mostly students. The group has been receiving membership inquiries from college, middle school, and high school students, but also welcomes adults interested in trying out the sport and joining the fledging club. Once membership grows, Make Your Mark plans to hold competitions.
“We have two teams and more students from middle school and high school are willing to join so we are looking at holding a competition in the future. It may not be an official competition (maybe a small competition amongst ourselves) or if we happen to improve a lot, we may hold an official competition with a set time and date for our community to also join/watch us,” No said.
No added that PIC staff members are assisting them in their training sessions and the hotel is also providing equipment for practices to new members for a measly fee of $5.
For individuals interested in joining Make Your Mark Archery Club, they may reach out to the group through https://www.instagram.com/make_your_mark_archery_club.