Do you ever wonder what first sparked someone’s interest in their sport?
The answer is probably different for everyone. My name is Kaci Therrien and I’m 14 years old. I’ve been competing in target archery for almost 3 years now. The first time I heard about archery was through my schools NASP program. I enjoyed learning about shooting, and then I thought maybe bow hunting with my dad would be fun. My Christmas present during my fifth grade year was a Mission hunting bow. My dad set up lessons for me at Social Circle Ace Archery Pro Shop where he bought my bow. The more I shot and learned, the more I loved it and wanted to shoot more.
I continued taking lessons with Steve Pittman, who is still my coach today. Just after I got my bow, Social Circle Ace opened an archery range. This is where I became very interested in target archery. I worked with Coach John Chandler and became a member of the Ace Apaches Team. Both John and Steve encouraged me to try all kinds of archery tournaments to see what I liked to shoot. I’ve tried some 3D, some ASA and S3DA, along with target, like USAA, GBAA, NFAA and GAA and found that I enjoy target archery the most. “The only way to know what you like is to try them all out!”
As soon as my draw length was long enough, I got my first target bow, an Elite Spirit 35. Having good equipment definitely helped me improve my game. I eventually was able to move up to an Elite Victory 37. I had a white one that I used for target shooting, and a red one which is now my hunting bow. Earlier this year, I got the new Elite Echelon 37 and I love this bow so much. Then I was lucky enough to be able to get one of the limited Independence Series Echelon bows. I can’t even say enough how much I love every Elite bow I own. I guess you can see that Elite is the bow that works best for me! It is so important to spend some time in your local Pro Shop where you can learn and try out different types of bows to find what feels the best to you!
There are so many reasons that I love archery. I love that it’s both a team and individual sport. I love that when you go to tournaments, the archery world feels like a big family that helps and supports each other. I love that this sport doesn’t discourage the prayer circle we like to do before each tournament. I love that the Pro Shooters take the time to encourage and support everyone and never seem bothered when you ask them questions or just want to take a picture with them.
“Archery is not just a physical sport; it’s a mental game too.”
I went through a time where I had been struggling with my confidence so my coach, Steve Pittman, thought maybe it was a good idea to meet a mental management coach. I met with Tim Simpson, a professional golfer who was in the PGA Tour, and has an incredible chaos to glory story. He works with me a lot on my confidence and why I should always be proud of how I shoot and this has improved my mental game a ton.
I have and will always love this sport! I couldn’t even imagine it would come as far as it has. I’m just a young archer with big dreams!
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” I 2 Timothy 1:7
Kaci Therrien Archery
From The Staff
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