It all started with a garage sale and the purchase of a small beginner compound bow from a fellow homeschooling family. Together our families started an introduction to archery class at South Nation Archery Club. After a few classes my coach Larry Smith invited me to join the advanced classes. Eventually I grew out of my beginner bow and decided on the direction I wanted to take with my archery, so I switched to a recurve bow.
In the advanced classes, under the tutelage of Kathy Millar, I started to flourish and really enjoy archery. One day, my dad found there were tournaments for archery and asked if I wanted to give it a shot. I said sure and participated in my first tournament at 12 years old. I enjoyed the competition so much, I shot two weeks later in the next tournament.
Two months later at the Club’s Annual Awards Ceremony, I found out that I had shot in the Ontario Indoor Provincial Championships followed by the Canadian National Indoor Championships. It was an even bigger shock to find out I had captured the provincial Bronze and the national Silver medals.
Since then I have competed my times, locally provincially, nationally and internationally with goals of one day winning Canada’s first Olympic archery medal. I train six days a week in pursuit of my dreams and upon completion of high school, I plan to pursue a degree in kinesiology and physiotherapy, as well as become a national level archery coach to train the next generation of Canadian archers. I am already a certified NCCP beginner archery coach and a trained NCCP intermediate archery coach.
When I joined the ranks of competitive archery, it was very difficult to find information about tournaments, information for young archers, especially girls, and archery in general. The goal of this blog is to impart some of my knowledge and experiences to new archers to help them enjoy archery as much as I do.
As a young recurve archer, I am extremely fortunate to have sponsors including Cartel Doosung of Korea who provide equipment for me to compete with and Amherstview Family Chiropractic who provide health care. In my blogging, I try to highlight their equipment and services and how it has helped my archery career and how it can help you. Be sure to visit my sponsors page.
Since I started to compete in 2006, I have actually accomplished more than my share in a short period of time. One of my personal highlights was capturing a silver medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. If you want to know more check out my accomplishments page.
During these past few years, I was able to break a couple of provincial and national records. My personal favourite was anchoring a senior team with my good friend Nancy Chalut and my coach Kathy Millar. Together we broke the National Women’s Indoor Recurve Open team record with a score of 221. For a complete list of visit my records page.
One of the coolest by products of success is attention and I have been fortunate enough to grab some media attention of the past few years. For a list of all the various times I found myself in the newspaper, check out my media coverage page.