While Archery may seem like a fairly straightforward sport, the history surrounding it is fascinating. Archery was the first sport that women were allowed to compete in during the 1904 St. Louis Olympics and the design of the Olympic bow originated over 3500 years ago.
Throughout British history, Monarchs have banned other sports like football or golf to make men practice archery in their spare time. It definitely helped during the Battle of Crécy where the British longbow men defeated 2000 French while only sustaining 50 casualties. Even Henry VIII made every man in the country sharpen their archery skills after church on Sundays in something called “Practice at the Butts” - don’t worry - it wasn’t as deadly for their behinds as it sounds! South Korea has won 19 gold medals in Olympic Archery, more than any other country. This often involved hitting the bullseye or “gold ring”, which equates to hitting a beermat from a distance of seven bus lengths!