By Allie D. Smith
Grade: High School
Archery is a misunderstood sport;
Many people think it is only about a bow, a few arrows, and a target. What they do not know is it is about respect, confidence, and many more qualities that are needed on a day to day life. It has taught me many things in a short period and I am defiantly not learning. Archery is the sport of the unknown, you never know what is going to happen, you must be the one to take on the challenge.
For me archery has taught me respect.
Not just for my coaches but the sport its self. You need to get to know your bow and what is capabilities are, as well as your own capabilities. The sport is about pushing yourself to be better every time, however, your mind is your worst enemy. This sport is different than all other sports, you do not have a ball coming towards you that if you miss you strike out, or a person interfering with you scoring a goal. The only person in your way is you. You need to be able to pick yourself up if you have a bad day shooting and know you can do better. Every time you step on that line you need to have confidence in you and your bow. You need to know that you are going to put everything you have into each round and every arrow. If you make a mistake with an arrow and it goes low or high you need to shake it off and start over, forget about it, it is in the past. There is nothing you can do about it now. Learning this has bettered me and helped me develop into the person I am today.
Archery has brought me into contact with many people.
These people will either break you down or better you. Think of these people as arrows, when you are shooting you may have a tight grouping and all your arrows are close. This is always a good thing, it makes life easier. These people represent all your close friends. However, you may have an arrow that comes along and breaks the knock off another arrow damaging it, you can either throw the arrow to the side and never use it again. Then again you can fix it and then continue. That one arrow that damaged the other; this represents the person who never believes in you. You need to be the one to push it to the side, fix it, move on, and learn from it. If you give up, you will never be the person to shoot the 300 at states.
Archery has shaped me into the person I am today.
It is about character and good morals. Archery teaches you self-discipline when you walk up to the line you cannot just take an arrow and shoot it. You must wait; great things always take time after all. The sport pushes your limits and makes you want to be a better person.
Archery has not just formed me into the person I am today.
It has also given me a second family. A family not made up by blood, but by heart. The late-night practices, the complaining about 15 meters, and being nervous together before a big competition. It has nothing but brought us closer together over time. Such as young archers grouping growing closer and closer over time. I love my second family almost as much as the sport its self. Yet I can thank archery for bringing them to me. The sport is not like any other. It helps you through life, it teaches you a thing or two. I am thankful for the sport and the things it has done for me so far. It has helped me through a lot, I strongly encourage people to join. You get lessons that will last a lifetime. Also, a second family along with memories that you will never be able to forget. One thing to remember about this sport is to have courage and never give up you must try your best every time or you will not achieve the success you strive for.
Archery is nothing but a mind game.
It either breaks you or you strive from it. There is no in between, I have been through both. Many other archers have been here as well. Today I had an archery tournament, and I found out many of us think alike. I have a superstition where I will only shoot green arrows. Another girl has the same one except hers must be purple. We are alike we all have our bad days and our good we must support each other in the end. Without support, we will lose our selves and be lost. Being lost doesn’t help anyone.
The sport is for anyone,
it teaches self-confidence and discipline. I believe that every child should get the chance to be exposed to this sport it has bettered me and can better them. I love this sport, and I hope I can spread the word about archery to many other people. It does not matter how old or young you are to learn a new trick or two. In the end, archery is a great sport for all ages.
As I say my last few words
I would like whoever is reading this to remember, always believe in yourself, and never give up. This sport brings you in contact with many kinds of people that you may cherish one day. Stay confided in yourself and you will achieve greatness and success in this sport. I took on the challenge, now will you?
~ Allie D. Smith
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