The other day my sister sent my Mom a screen shot of something she saw after the Texas Shoot Out. THAT’S ME IN THE MIDDLE WITH BRADY! I was a little excited about this but it is also weird. I don’t have a Facebook because I am too young but I do have a Tumblr or Twitter if you have those. On my blog here, I write articles for Mom to post and she puts them up with the pictures. On my Tumblr, that is where more real-time stuff goes…when I am practicing, competing or just being 12. Those posts are different content if you are interested in following me there too. Those are set to post directly to my Twitter as well. On Twitter is normally where I talk to people in archery and ask for advice so you will see that along with Tumblr posts. I hope you like them all, I try to make them different!
So again, YEAH I WAS ON THE USA ARCHERY FACEBOOK PAGE! Thank you to anyone who came over to check my site out from their page. There are people from a lot of countries and I think this is just AWESOME.
This weekend, I went to the Texas Shootout. When I went to practice I arrived next to Brady Ellison, one of the top men archers in the world, I was pretty excited. When I practiced, I was doing good. After a good practice, we went to Wal-Mart to pick up food and we got my favorite, roasted chicken, Hawaiian rolls and salad! After dinner I had some dessert (evil brownies made by my Aunt) and I started thinking about the next day and how I could get first and do really well. When I woke up, I got breakfast and went to the archery field.
The Competition Begins
I saw the pros arrive and my competition…I had the Junior Dream Team as my competition! I knew right there it would be tough. When we started shooting I was in 9th place for most of the tournament. Then I started to get tired and my arrows started dropping low and I fell in last place. ::sad face:: When we got done I was last but I learned a lot from my competitors Karissa, Mariam and Hye.
Day 3 in Texas
The next day I didn’t have to shoot but I watched the pros and got pictures with Brady Ellison, Jennifer Nichols, Khatuna, Miranda and the Coach Thomas from Texas A & M. I was very grateful that I got to watch them and take pictures with them. It was a really great experience and I am very glad I went!
I fell short of my goal of 400 but I am 12 so I think I get a little time to bring it up. For the next calendar year, I am setting my goal of a 550 or better for my next USAT qualifier. I want to do this so that I can apply for the Junior Dream Team Camp. If you would be interested in doing that, the requirements can be found on the USA Archery site here. Beyond that, I would hope to be ranked high enough to apply to the Resident Athlete program in a couple of years. Those requirements are on the USA Archery site here.
This week I head to the Texas Shoot Out. I am super excited because it is at Texas A & M and they have the best college archery team in the US. THIS IS WHERE I WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE. My mom said that is okay now that they are part of the SEC. I don’t know what that means but she is from Georgia so I know it is about football.
I am excited to try the format, this will be my first in person USA Archery tournament. I don’t really think my bow is supposed to do what it is doing (I am pulling under 25 pounds) but I am hitting the bale most of the time. Since I am 12, I am okay with this. They had a change to the schedule at the last minute so I found out yesterday there are no team rounds and that Cadet OR will be Saturday afternoon. I shoot 72 arrows before lunch and the OR after lunch. It is a lot of arrows but I thought about with practice arrows and a round of field archery like in Pennsylvania, I was over 120 arrows a day. I will be tired but I think it is the best way to learn the style and work on improving my performance over and over. I hope next year that I can upshoot in all the qualifiers. Wish me luck!