I have been asking mom for a while to help me send a letter to Gatorade. Last night she got me the email addresses for some of the company executives and this morning I sent my letter. Because I have so many followers that are girls, I thought this was important to do. If you have time to share, I hope you will spread it around to increase the chances of them actually reading it.
I am writing this letter because your commercial “Win from Within” for Gatorade Frost. It doesn’t include more than one woman or archery as one of the sports. Being 13 and a female dedicated to archery, I can say I believe archery is the most mental sport; which is what Win from Within really means. I also got my mom to help me make a poster on your site to put on www.recurveemma.com It made me sad that you don’t have anything archery related for a background but so many other sports are represented.
Archery has become a more popular sport because of recent movies like Hunger Games, Brave, Avengers and TV shows like Arrow and Game of Thrones. During the London Olympics, archery coverage was one of the most popular sports watched and NBC said it had approximately 1.5 million viewers.
Archery is a very difficult sport mentally and physically. To be dedicated to archery, you have to be dedicated to training both mentally and physically. Physically for archery you have to have upper body strength, lower body strength, strong core muscles and endurance. To be successful in archery you have to have mental strength and that is the hardest part. You have to not get upset no matter where your arrow hits you have to stay positive. You have to repeat the exact same cycle every time mentally and physically or the arrows will not be consistent. Mentally you have to tune out everything that surrounds you: the sun, the wind, negativity, where the arrows hit and people. In archery you have to be in your zone no matter what.
I think you should also include Robin Roberts in one of your commercials because of what she just powerfully overcame. She is a role model for females in every sport. She just won the ESPY for her courage.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and I hope you take it into consideration.
I am wondering why there aren’t more women athletes in this commercial and why skateboarding is featured but not archery? I am going to write you a longer letter because I want you to know some things about how fast archery has grown and how it is a mental game that shows how you “Win from Within.”
WOW what a week! There was so much to see and learn.
Day before practice:
As we drove up to the field I was so excited that I had actually arrived. Then as I started unpacking my stuff from the car I realized I left my glasses in the room! So as we were walking down to the practice side of the field I tried to think of where I left them, but I couldn’t so I just let it go. When we finally reached the practice side and I started putting my bow together I saw friends and talked to them. After I got my bow together I went over to a target and started to shoot. As I shot more and more, a lot of people started to show up and take up bales at 60m, because there was only 3. So they moved 1 more up but it still didn’t help; because there were at least four lines and not enough time. So I only got to shoot 50 arrows and eventually went back to the hotel and found my glasses. I also discovered that I had put my limbs on upside down. Funny, right?
WHAT A DAY!
We agreed we would change them around the next morning.
We arrived at the field I had remembered my glasses AND my limbs were on the right way.
I WAS READY TO SHOOT!
As time passed, more of my friends showed up and decided to shoot with me. When I was done shooting, I put every arrow in the blue and in which was my goal for 60m this year, so YEAH! I felt ready for the tournament.
First Day of Qualifier:
I arrived at the field confident because of my shooting the days before. As I put my bow and toolbox by my bale, I got to meet the people I was shooting with. On my bale I had a team member from the Chinese Taipei team. It was so cool watching them go through their shot sequence and seeing that their shots were so consistent. It was also cool that I go to trade a pin with here and get a Taiwan pin. I started shooting and was low and got easily discouraged. I moved my sight down and shot level so that made me feel better. At the end of the first 36, the majority of problems were from dropping my arm. I even missed and shot below the target. I sat down and drank some water and shot a higher score at the end of the second 36 arrows. At the end of the day, I scored a 220 and a 234.
Second Day of Qualifier:
As I was approaching the field the second day I felt confident because I knew what when wrong with my low arrows so I could fix it, or try. Since I shot in the morning the second day, there was a lot less wind. When I started shooting I kept in mind to keep my arm up and I shot high because I moved my sight. I realized now that the previous day I was low because I was dropping my arm! After I shot an end and was consistently high, I moved my sight back to where it was and put three arrows in the gold. I shot three in the gold and automatically was so excited and I was ready to start scoring. I shot 2 more practice ends then it was time to score. As we scored the first end I had no arrows outside of the blue. I was shooting everything in my form felt good; then the wind picked up and was blowing against me and my front follow through wasn’t good two shots in a row. I got two 4s low in the 6th end. After the 4s I got discouraged but then I realized that they were my only 2 out of the blue so far. I tried to keep a positive outlook on it through the rest of the day and only ended up with 5 out of the blue that day. At the end of the day, I shot a 257 the first 36 and a 269 the second 36. I improved throughout the tournament a lot because Coach Diane was able to be there with me throughout the tournament and help me think things through more quickly. Since my form was broken down completely in January and then again in March at JDT camp, this was the first time I was able to get back up to the 260-270s I was shooting before. It has taken so long but I am glad to know that I have the tools for the proper form and I am finally going back up! I ended up 40th out of 70th, not the best but I shot my personal best for a FITA round so I am still happy with my second day improvements.
US Open OR and Team Rounds:
In the morning I didn’t have to shoot but Compound Kevin did so I went along and coached him. Up first was the 1/32 round and the wind was blowing consistently left and that’s where they were hitting. I told him to watch the wind and it worked! He shot an X! It was so much fun coaching him and he won his first match and advanced to shoot against Jesse Broadwater, a pro and really, really good compound shooter. I thought Kevin would be really nervous, and he was a little, but not as much as I thought. He shot really well (all red and in) but Jesse shot better by about 15 points so Kevin did not advance to the 3rd round. He shot well though and I was proud of him. After he was done we went back to the hotel and I rested until it was time to go back for my team round.
When we went back to the field, I had no idea who was on my team so it was a surprise. Mom went to check while I put my bow together and it turned out I was placed on a team with a girl from my old archery club and one that was right above me in placement. My team worked well together and we shot an end where we each shot a 5 and then a 10 in that order. We got all excited that we were ahead by 20 and then the last end we all dropped our arms and shot 4s and below. We lost and didn’t move on but we had so much FUN.
I shot in the morning and my mom checked who I was shooting against and it was Ashleigh Koval and she is on the Junior Dream Team. I was a little worried but decided I would just step up my game. I stepped up to the line she was there too and she is so nice! She is also left-handed so we shot face to face. We started scoring and two points went on the board for me so I thought it was just a lucky end. We shot another and I won the set again so it was 4-0. I couldn’t believe it. I got excited.
The next one passed and she won which put us at 4-2. The next round we tied and it was 5-3, then another she won which put us at 5-5. I was taking her to a one-arrow shoot off! I got so excited and I didn’t breath, dropped my arm and forgot to aim off for the wind. Ashleigh won and advanced. She didn’t have a spotting scope so I went to spot for her. She did really well but her competitor won. I had so much fun shooting with her and spotting for her.
The tournament was so much fun and if you are reading this thinking “Hey, I want to try archery!” I recommend the Outdoor Nationals. It was a LONG tournament but it was so much fun because we had time to enjoy each round instead of rushing through them.
I was going into this Matchplay Shooter of the Year tournament mostly not confident because I hadn’t gotten to practice much since I was moving. Once I started shooting, I consistently shot high above the target every time. My dad came to the line and said “Hey, its 50m not 60m!” I had my sight on the wrong mark! Good thing I was still on practice rounds.
Once I started the scoring round, it started pouring down rain. Apparently this is no big deal in Florida if there is no lightning so everyone just shoots through it. I thought it would slow down but it never really did. It rained the entire tournament except for the last end and during matchplay. I looked like I had walked out of the shower and had to wring water out of everything constantly.
Throughout the tournament I shot decent for being soaked and no practice for a week. After the tournament, I shot well and in the matchplay round I ended up with a Bronze medal. YAY! My first Florida medal!
Shout out to Coach Scott! Was this post good enough for you? Haha 🙂
So, awesome news…I AM MOVING TO FLORIDA! I changed my background to the beach scene to celebrate. I am very excited because this will allow me to work outside all year round. I will be shooting with Newberry JOAD and I took a picture so you can see the cool shooter shirts they have. It will have my last name on the back in a couple of days so please make sure to say “HI” if you see me at a tournament! I have some friends in the club already and my JDT coach, Diane Watson, works with them in person every month so it will be awesome to see her more frequently!
I was going into the tournament feeling really confident I was going to do well. We were in the car on the way to the field and I was doing my regular routine. When I arrived, I started to get butterflies in my stomach. I started stretching, shot some practice to warm up and I shot well so my butterflies went away. About four ends into the tournament the sky got dark and grey and then it started to rain. I got distracted by it because while I was shooting, I could feel it falling on my head. After that realization, I followed with bad shooting. Once the rain stopped, my shooting improved briefly but then the wind picked up. It was blowing three different directions in five minutes! After the wind finally stopped blowing hard, it went up to 82 degrees and after all that, I was really discouraged because I wasn’t shooting well since I wasn’t focused on shooting. Overall, I didn’t do great because I was second to last but it was my first FITA, I am 12 and still learning. I learn something new in each tournament situation. I still thought I didn’t do as good as I should have so I am going back to practice and plan to do a lot better for Gator Cup!
There was so much interesting stuff that had nothing to do with archery at this event! There was a snake wrangler to catch rattlesnakes and our first briefing was about making sure to KICK the target before picking it up because of crawly things like spiders and scorpions! One day, we had a huge dust devil come through, big enough to pick up tents and flip over targets came through and the tournament was delayed until they could right everything else. Some people had arrows break in half! NEVER SAY ARCHERY ISN’T AN EXTREME SPORT!
My notes are posted below. I am back to training again because I have to be in Texas at the end of the month. YEAH archery season!
Do you guys have questions?
Day 1-Qualification Rounds
I went into the tournament pretty confident I was going to do well. When I got to the field and I saw the flags flapping in the wind, it gave me a little shock. Once I regained my focus, I began to shoot. I started shooting to where my arrows were spread all around the target. After about two ends my arrows started to compress more towards the center of the target, with an occasional one in the blue. When the whole tournament was over and the scores were totaled, I ended up with a 501, which was 49 points of the minimum qualifying score. I know I could have gotten it if it weren’t for so much wind and if I hadn’t dropped a two and some in the black and blue. Overall though, I thought every thing went really well.
Well, this was an interesting day…but I didn’t know that from the start. I went into the Olympic Round feeling confident, but I made the mistake of not eating much breakfast, not finishing my lunch and not drinking enough water. I was nervous but I understand now that I have to make sure that I load my protein in early that morning. I started shooting and shot consistently high right and even missed the target. When we were done, I only scored 35 points out of 15 arrows when I normally get that in 5 arrows and lost that round 6-0 and didn’t get to advance. We had to leave after that since we drove. By the time we stopped to get dinner, I wasn’t feeling good. I started to get dizzy and couldn’t walk. I learned a lot that day. Hahaha, I will never skip breakfast and lunch again.
NOTE: My mom wants me to mention that I was given protein bars, shakes, sports drink and water in my cooler but I decided not to use them. She also said that she would become one of those crazy archery parents that yell at their kids if I do this again. Since that would be embarrassing, I don’t think that I will make the same choices over again.
WOW. Today was crazy. Things were going well, we were about an hour from our hotel for the night and then Dad said “UH OH.” In my opinion, that is never good! If you know about Kevin, you know he is pretty tough. This seemed to even have him scratching his head and mom was trying hard not to cry. I was thinking that for some reason, New Mexico just hates me. We end up pulled over on the side of the road and waiting. Someone was supposed to come and then didn’t. Let’s just say there was a lot of praying between the three of us. Then all of a sudden there was another person coming and I think that is who we were supposed to meet. They are the nicest family with the cutest kids EVER. They helped us get things figured out and get us to a hotel for a night. We will only end up being a little later than expected to Arizona. The people at La Quinta were all “You stay with La Quinta all the time, you have points for a free night.” That was awesome. Ortega’s should know in the morning about our car and we are all saying more prayers and crossing fingers.
If for some reason you are coming through Santa Rosa, NM and you need help on your car, please call the Ortega’s. They like archery peeps!
Kind of a bonus is we are chilling in our room before we would have checked in further down the road AND we are going to eat at a historic Route 66 restaurant for dinner. Remember, look at the bright side!