The Vegas Shoot 2016

Posted: February 8, 2016 in Uncategorized


Last week I was fortunate enough to go to the world’s largest archery tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada called The Vegas Shoot. When we arrived after a long five-hour flight we settled into our spacious hotel room and took in the sights and lights of the Vegas Strip. Not my favorite place, but it was interesting to see. On Friday, I enjoyed visiting all the vendor booths at the archery trade show. Because my favorite booth was Mathews, I spent a lot of time there. I had the opportunity to check out all their new bows and meet many of the Mathews staff including Tanya who helped me get my Mathews sponsorship. Waking early Friday morning, I was eager to get going, but my range time wasn’t until 2:30. That gave my nerves time to flare up a little. To much time to think can be a terrible thing sometimes. I shared a target with another great archer who also shot a Mathews bow. Shooting together and getting to know one another was a ton of fun. After the first day, I ended up with a score of 281. Not my best, but not my worst either.

Learning that all archers usually drop a few points off their usual scores due to big tournament jitters made me feel a bit better. Taking the opportunity to attend George Ryals class on overcoming the mental game gave me some great tips on overcoming tournament anxiety. On Saturday, I felt more at ease and shot earlier. I was ready and shot a 284 and tied for 5th place, but received 6th because the tie breakers are decided by the number of X’s you shoot. I was happy to walk away from The Vegas Shoot taking 6th place among the other skilled shooters. Since I’m planning to go back next year, I’m confident I can do even better as I continue to compete and practice my skills.

Once competition was over, I was able to finally relax and watch the world final shoot outs. Congrats to all the Mathews shooters who took top places. Overall, it was a fantastic trip. Meeting and talking to some of the world’s best archers was exciting. I especially enjoyed meeting some of my favorites like: Chris Bee, Braden Gellenthien, Reo Wide and George Ryals. I even had the opportunity to meet up with my hero and friend Lincoln Tapp of YoungWild. You should really check out his show. It rocks!


Lincoln and his friend Logan

The Vegas Shoot was a great experience that I will never forget. A special thank you to my sponsors Mathews Archery, Dead Center and Tru-Ball/Axcel. My equipment performed expertly. What an honor to be a part of your teams!

  1. Joy Williams says:

    Great job!

    Sent from my iPhone



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