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August 19, 2010
ON TARGET: CPL
Adrian dA Pozzo
Photo: Brian Hartigan
IF THIS were a movie, you'd
probably see CPL Adrian dA
Pozzo awakened in the middle
of the night by a twang fol-
lowed by a thud.
He'd stagger to the front door,
wearing his Lincoln green pyja-
mas (which is what every fashion-
able archer in Sherwood Forest
wears at night -- think Errol Flynn
rather than Russell Crowe) where
he'd find a note attached to an
arrow still reverberating.
He'd rip it off and read that he
had hereby won the NSW Masters
indoor archery championship
and finished third in the National
Um, well, it didn't happen like
that in real life.
Yes, CPL dA Pozzo, who
works for the Directorate of
Military Administration -- Air
Force in Canberra did compete
for those titles. He competed in a
school hall in Wanniassa on July
10 and 11.
And yes, he did achieve those
magnificent results -- as well as
winning the ACT Masters title.
And yes, because most of the
other archers -- 2500 in all -- shot
their arrows at venues all around
Australia and New Zealand, he had
actually did. Three days, in fact.
But when the official notifica-
tion came, it came by email, not
by arrow message.
"I'm fairly happy," CPL dA
He shot 120 arrows over the
two days for an overall score of
539, including a perfect 30 mid-
way through the competition.
He actually won the national
competition last year, shooting
569.So he's philosophical. "It's
good to win, but I could have
Indoors is where archers go
when it's cold and wet in winter.
This poses difficulties Robin
Hood probably never even
First you have to find a hall
big enough to accommodate the
event -- about 40 metres, includ-
ing the actual 18-metre range.
Then you have to contend
with the glare and heat of the
lights, and adjust to the different
humidity of the great indoors.
CPL dA Pozzo likes it though.
Apart from being warm and dry,
it normally makes for a shorter
day of competition -- three hours
as opposed to six or seven hours
a day outdoors.
In his 15 years of competitive
archery in Canberra, CPL dA
Pozzo has had most of his suc-
At 51, he is now eligible for
the Masters division for 50 to 60
Come spring, he'll be back
outdoors. So watch out Errol.
"The next big goal is the ACT
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