I was really excited for Gator Cup because I get to see all my friends and meet new ones. Although I had just gone to the chiropractor, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of how my shoulder would feel. When I started shooting, I realized that I got tired after only two ends. I shot another one and I felt that my shoulders were really weak because the lack of practice and exercise. After practice, my family and I thought that it was just a matter of getting through the tournament.
On qualification day I stepped up and thought “Okay, Emma do your best.” (Which for me that meant getting through the tournament.) Once I was shooting, my shoulders got tired very fast, as expected, but by the end of the first half I wasn’t sure my shoulders could handle another 36 arrows. But, oh, I heard “There will be no break between the 36 arrows,” and I couldn’t help it but I said out loud “GREAT.” Once I realized there was no break, I crammed all the food in my mouth that I could and moved on with the tournament.
As you could’ve probably guessed, my score was not too great at this moment but I was having fun and that’s more important to me. Thankfully I was able to get through the tournament and some how I made it to elimination rounds. I woke up and my shoulders were really sore but I knew I could get through because it’s only 3 arrows instead of 6. It was funny because the girl that I was going against was on my target for qualification rounds. As I was shooting, my arrows were going all over the place because my shoulders were preventing me from executing proper form. In the end, the other shooter won but I was some what okay with it because I just got through the whole tournament.
I made new friends, which is always the best part of tournaments. Now I’m getting excited for Outdoor Nationals and hopefully I will be more prepared for that tournament now that my shoulder is starting to feel better.