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Archer Calls Yankton Support 'Beautiful'


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A common theme among the countries represented at this week’s International Field Archery Association (IFAA) World Field Championships has been the overwhelmingly positive support from the Yankton community.

For Alessandro Salvanti, the lone archer from Italy at the five-day tournament, the support he has already experienced has surpassed what he saw three years ago.

“For me, it’s coming back,” he said during Tuesday’s round Salvanti — like many of this week’s archers — was previously in Yankton in 2011 for an instructor course.

“I’m really pleased with the courses and the venue,” he said.

Beyond the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) complex and new ranges, Salvanti said he was surprised by the archery knowledge community-wide when he visits local stores, restaurants, or his hotel.

“Everyone knows about archery, and to me, that’s beautiful,” he said. “We don’t have that in Italy.”

Why not?

“It’s all about soccer back home,” he said with a smile.

Particularly when tournaments feature divisions that span youth on up to adults, the economic impact from an event like this week’s IFAA tournament can be substantial, Salvanti said.

“When we travel, a lot of people, families and their kids, come too, so there’s a very big impact on the community,” he said.

Yankton is no different, he added.

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