I finished out the 2014-2015 indoor archery season with great success. In the fall, I began shooting in a women’s league and switched to a winter and spring league after the New Year. I participated in ten tournaments including state and national tournaments.
In April, I competed in two championship tournaments. The first was the Lake Michigan Archery Association (LMAA) championship which I took first place in the freestyle recurve (FSLR) category. I loved having Jeff and Cyrus there cheering me on. And I competed in the Michigan Archery Association state championship which I took second place in the same category. (The results aren’t often announced for several days, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I got second place when I originally thought I got third place.)
I didn’t do well in all of the tournaments this season. In fact, I did so poorly in one of the tournaments, I got the lowest score in every category for the whole tournament! What made it really difficult is that it was a two-day shoot instead of the typical one-day shoot, so I had to endure shooting poorly for two days in a row. I didn’t quit because good sportsmanship is important to me, and I learned a great lesson in humility.
One of the highlights was winning the Meijer Winter State Games and having Cyrus with me when I received my award.
And on top of ALL that, I shot my first ROBINHOOD ever during practice! Cyrus was there for that too which made me really happy.
I’m proud of the archery success this season has brought me, but I’m more proud of how I worked through overcoming fear in many areas. Even though I had participated in archery competitions when I was a teenager, I was just as nervous as anyone competing this season, I used new equipment, and I didn’t know anyone going into this.
At the encouragement of one of the coaches, I am taking my first coaching class in a couple of weeks. I’m anxious-excited about it, as I have not done anything like that before. I won some tournaments this year and lost some, but I wouldn’t have won any had I not tried. I won’t know if I can coach if I don’t try it either, so this experience has also given me confidence to take greater risks.
And, I got to finish the season off with a Fun Shoot on Friday night!