Not many people in their lifetime find that “One Thing” that they are extremely passionate about.
I am one of the lucky ones. I was 9 years old when I found it…Archery.
When I was 9 years old my mom decided to sign my dad and I up for an archery class through our local park district. No one in my family had ever shot a bow before, so we figured “Why not, let’s give it a try!” As soon as I picked up that first recurve bow I was hooked, and I fell in love.
Once my parents saw how much I liked archery, they took me over to our local range, T.A.Z Archery. That is where I met one of the most influential people in my life, Tim Zimmerman. My dad brought me in to him at the age of 11. My dad told him that “this little girl right here want to go to the Olympics some day.”
Coach Tim said, “Ok, let’s do it.” To this day he is one of my biggest fans. Whenever I am having a rough day with the Olympic recurve he reminds me that I can do it. And he is right. When I am not at school, I am at T.A.Z. Archery practicing, helping out in the shop, or helping with a birthday party teaching new comers to this awesome sport how to be safe and shoot straight. As you can tell, if it involves archery, I love it.
My current accomplishments are 2016 Illinois State Female Bowman Recurve Champion and state recorder holder at 18 meters, 2016 Midwest Open Female Youth Olympic Recurve Champion, and 2nd place at the NFAA Outdoor Nationals. 2017 has been a little bit of a rough start for me, but i have no doubt in my mind that it is all going to come together soon. The quote that I have written on my hand before every shoot is “I can and I will.” If the Olympic recurve bow wasn’t enough for me I just started shooting compound as well. I look forward to exploring more into field and 3D shoot, as well as hunting.
My dream one day is to become a pro archer and go to the Olympics. I also want to introduce the sport of archery to more children around the world. Archery has changed my life. I hope I can pass this along to someone else one day.