Vanessa tells me that there are in fact three ways one can follow archery: by watching a live broadcast, by keeping up with the scores and by being in the crowd.
Let’s start with live broadcasts since the Shanghai World Cup Event is on and the finals will be aired on April 26. That way, we have something to test all this out with right away. See, there aren't actually live broadcasts all that often. Also, archery isn’t much on TV. So, this is internet business. Ergo, if you’re reading this, you’ve got the necessaries to watch it.
Lemme tell you a bit about World Cup Events. Over the course of the spring and summer, there'll be four events, and an archer will basically pick one of those events to go to, hoping to qualify for a spot in the Finals event. Now, most archery competitions take place over a few days, and you shouldn’t spend your whole weekend in front of a screen. Anyway, you can’t. See, the thing’ll be structured with a bunch of elimination rounds with an awful lot of people, and they stand side by side and shoot at the same time, so you really wouldn’t be able to see anything. After a lot of that, when they’ve winnowed it down to say 2 or 4 people, there’ll be the finals or medal match. This is what gets broadcast.
Now, this is probably the easiest way to tune in: go to YouTube and type ‘World Archery TV’ into the search bar. Click ‘About' and then ‘Live’ and it’ll show you upcoming matches that will be broadcast. Along with watching the matches, read up a bit on the news relating to that event on World Archery's site. It gives some juicy context to the action! Like, Korea hasn't sent anybody in the recurve category to Shanghai. Interesting. Especially since Hamilton tagged them as people to watch. He said it's fun to watch them and Brady Ellison from the USA. Of course, we want to see our man on the scene, Crispin Duenas, in the finals! The other Canucks there'll be Jay Lyon and Hugh Macdonald, and we'd also be very happy to watch them. Archery Canada selects a number of events to send Canadian team members to. Different ones for the women and the men. In Shanghai, it's the fellas representing.
I asked Hamilton if he makes a big bowl of popcorn and invites pals over. (I found out later, World Archery is promoting doing just that. I mean, it will be all through Saturday night into Sunday morning, with the time difference.) Turns out when he's watching it, he's gonna be analyzing people's forms, noting changes they've made to their equipment, stuff like that. It's strategic, too: familiarizing himself with the scene so when he gets there, he'll be as prepared as possible. And he's been known to have multiple screens going, including one for Twitter and Instagram, where he'll get the fresh goods from his pals who are taking part in this competition and from World Archery and Archery Canada. I love it. What we need now is a good hashtag, and we can get a digital edition of the wave going!