By Sarah Cunningham-Scharf
Calling all hoods and vigilantes! Soon everyone at Ryerson could learn to shoot arrows. This fall, Ryerson may be getting its own indoor archery club.
Joe Anandjit, a third-year industrial engineering student, has been shooting a bow for two-and-a-half years. He suggested the idea for an on-campus recreational archery club via Reddit on Jan. 22.
Since then, he says he has received almost 20 messages from interested students.
“At the beginning of the year I was looking for an outdoorsy club, but there wasn’t really anything there,” he said. “It seems like archery has got a pull now with all the movies coming out – it’s gotten into pop culture.” In order for his club idea to become a reality, Anandjit will need to fill out the online form provided by the athletics department, meet with the department and provide any additional information they may need.
Nick Asquini, the sports clubs coordinator at Ryerson, said a new process for athletic club proposals was implemented this year to create a streamlined procedure.
Once Anandjit contacts Asquini with the completed form, they will have a meeting to discuss the potential popularity of the club with the student body.
A list of interested students is not required in the application, but it would act in Anandjit’s favour.
“They need to prove that there’s a market [for the club],” Asquini said.
If it seems as though the club will generate interest, Asquini said, “I’ll bring the idea to a committee that votes on new clubs for the following academic year.”
In the 2012-13 academic year, students and community members with over 20 new athletic club ideas approached Asquini. Out of those proposals, only two were adopted by the athletic department: baseball and jiu-jitsu.
“The key is to be persistent,” Asquini said.
He said that when students follow through after the first meeting, the club is more likely to be realized.
“There aren’t that many indoor archery places in Ontario. Ideally I’d be looking to practice in one of the Kerr Hall gyms,” Anandjit said. “I want to have it all set up by frosh week next fall.”