Archers from 17 countries competing in Yankton
YANKTON (AP) — For some competitors, just getting to the International Field Archery Association World Field Championships in South Dakota was an adventure.
It took 15-year-old Peter Hearne about 20 hours to get from Australia to Yankton.
"The travel was exhausting, but it's been a good experience," he told the Daily Press and Dakotan.
Archers from 17 countries are competing in the tournament at the National Field Archery Association complex in Yankton.
Another Australian, Craig Hair, said his plane arrived late in Los Angeles, and his group missed the next two connecting flights, which meant 10 hours in the airport. The group also missed its first Minneapolis-to-Sioux Falls flight. The trip ended up being about 37 hours, but Hair said he's focusing on having a good time now that he's arrived.
"It's been very enjoyable so far," he said. "I'm still recovering from jet lag, but hopefully we can explore locally."
Jolien Els, a 16-year-old from Namibia, Africa, had to deal with lost luggage during her flight, but she didn't let it get her down.
"It's been tiring but amazing," she said. "The people have been really friendly."
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels took part in the opening ceremonies on Sunday night, which also served as the close of the NFAA Outdoor National Championships, which were held last week. The NFAA moved its headquarters to Yankton six years ago, and the complex has since landed several prestigious tournaments.
The complex is hosting the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships next summer. The IFAA held its World Indoor Championships in Yankton in April 2013.
"The facilities here really are the best," IFAA President Loet Smit said.