The 2015 Youth Archery World Championship that took place on 17th of June had Daniel O’Connor, the 14-year old from Hahira, as the only Georgia archer to shoot for Team USA alongside Dane Johnson from Indiana as well as Cole Feterl from South Dakota.
A pamphlet about archery O’Connor saw at school motivated him to shoot which he started at age 11 and it has taken him all the way to the U.S. National Tournament that started today in Decatur, Ala., and running through till Sunday.
According to O’Connor, “When I saw a pamphlet about archery I literally just thought I would take a shot at it and it ending up going pretty well for me.”
As reported by USAteams.org, There are three events in the Outdoor Nationals that are held in the same place and at the same time. The U.S open and the U.S National Target Championships have the adult archers participating, while the Easton Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) National is for the youth archers.
O’Connor became one of the members of the U.S.A team at the qualifications for the World Team which took place in Gainesville, Fla., on April 23rd – 25th.
According to O’Connor “I just know what I have to do in the tournament coming up, I’ve been practicing a lot since the SoCal Showdown and I am going into the next few days confident and hope to take home another gold medal.”
Although O’Connor is fixated on another gold medal win at the National Tournament, he expressed happiness on his Youth World Championship win as well as on his overall objective of becoming a professional archer.
I was the last to shoot at the Team World Cup and when it hit perfect right in the middle that moment was the best moment of my archery career, I want to be able to do that same thing again. I know what I’m going to do”, said O’Connor
Consisting of a double 72 arrow qualification round shot for over two days, the Easton JOAD Nationals also has team rounds as well as head-to-head match play also known as the elimination round.
O’Connor rightly said “We will be ready to give it our best when we step up to the line.”