This weekend I was 1 of approximately 2,000 athletes who participated in the 2nd annual Meijer State Games of Michigan – Winter Games. Indoor target archery was one of 19 sports represented with the highest number of registrants than any other sport, 130+ shooters! They had to open 5 shooting lines over the 3-day weekend to accommodate all of the archers who range in age from under 12 to over 60.
I shot my FITA-style tournament personal best, a 516, and was awarded a gold medal by former U.S. Olympian archer Glenn Meyers at the West Michigan Archery Center in Rockford, MI.
I haven’t won a competition in over twenty years, so I’m very pleased with this win.
On Saturday, I ran into a woman who I met in the fall women’s league. I said, “It’s so good to see you here! Is this your first competition?” She said, “Yes.” I asked, “What made you decide to compete?”, and she replied, “You.”
Aside from winning, that was the highlight of my weekend. There were mostly beginner archers in the women’s league, and when we would go out for a girls’ night out afterwards, I tried to talk-up the competitions, and in particular, the Meijer State Games, in order to get more adult women participation. After not having seen any of these women since November, I was pleasantly surprised to see one of them at the games! (We didn’t compete against one another because she uses a compound bow and I use a recurve, but she won 2nd place in her division!)
In the picture below, I’m the first shooter on the left.
This is the coolest looking medal I’ve ever received!