Overcoming Vision Impairment with Archery
A young archer named Karabrie Wiggins showed a New York news station that an impairment does not have to impair your goals and achievements.
Wiggins, 10, was born with a visual impairment. “I was born with something called a lazy eye,” she told CNY. “I can’t really see that much out of my left eye, but I can see really good out of my right eye.”
She gives a short lesson on how to properly shoot a bow, beginning with the nock. She goes on to explain: “You’re going to clip the arrow. There’s something called the archer’s groove, so you’re going to take your three fingers on your right hand and put it under your arrow, and just kind of relax your pinky and thumb. And then you’re going to put your arm out and then you’re going to anchor it back, which means you’re going to pull your arm back, aim and shoot.”
Wiggins shows us that it’s not about what you can’t do with what you’re missing, but what you can do with what you’ve got. Even so, she conceded initial doubts.
“I didn’t think I was going to be that good,” she said. “I didn’t think it was going to be something I was so interested in, but I really ended up liking it.”
Despite what she once thought, she’s doing well. Wiggins and her teammates competed in the National Archery in the Schools Program’s national competition in Kentucky May 12–14.
Battling for Tickets to Rio 2016
Fifteen countries competed for tickets to Rio in the continental qualifying tournament this week in Colombia. World Archery reported: “Six guaranteed places to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for nations from the Americas will be awarded at the continental qualifying tournament in Medellin, Colombia, running for the few days prior to the second stage of this year’s Hyundai Archery World Cup.”
See the competition’s results on World Archery’s site here.
Team USA previously nabbed four spots to Rio at the World Archery Championships in Copenhagen. World Archery reported, “The six individual places available in Medellin can only be won by nations without any quota place already clinched in the gender.” Team USA has representation of three men and one woman, which meets our quota, deeming it unnecessary to compete further.
Although Team USA has four approved entries, only one of them can compete in Rio. World Archery explains: “A maximum of one space can be won. So while nations have entered up to three of each gender in the tournament, all are battling to win just a single space from their National Olympic Committee, who will finally decide who represents the country at the Games.”
Who will represent Team USA in Rio is still to be determined.
Outdoor Life Ranks the Top 20 Hollywood Archers
Outdoor Life recently ranked the top 20 fictional archers. Many archers from superheroes to magical warriors have been featured in pop culture throughout the years. Modern adaptations of archery-inclined characters periodically move to the forefront, even after this article was posted (the Green Arrow in the CW’s Arrow being one.)
John Rambo received Outdoor Life’s No. 1 ranking. The magazine’s editors reasoned that Rambo was “the only archer on our list to take down a helicopter with a bow and arrow. Hell, he’s the only one on our list who’s even tried.” Well … can’t argue with that logic.
Orlando Bloom makes the list twice. He nabs No. 3 as Legolas in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and No. 16 as Paris in “Troy.”
Katniss Everdeen, the “Girl on Fire” ranked No. 12. Who doesn’t love a girl with a braid, hell-bent on defeating the government?
Outdoor Life gave the No. 19 spot to a Marvel superhero who “developed his archery skills that make him ‘The World’s Greatest Marksman’ when he escaped an orphanage and joined the circus.” Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye comes in at No. 20. Hawkeye has been featured in the “Avengers” films, as well as the recent “Captain America: Civil War.”
Many more notable archers made this list, each using archery in their own way.
Did you see your favorite in the Top 20?
Grand View Outdoors Weighs In On Crossbows
Many debate whether crossbows should be legal during archery hunting seasons. Count collegiate, national, and international archer Rick Bednar as a crossbow defender. Here’s what Bednar told Bob Robb of Grandview Outdoors:
“First, with white-tailed deer numbers exploding throughout their range, biologists see the crossbow as another way to help shoot more deer, especially in urban areas where firearms hunting is not allowed. Second, the crossbow is a way for a whole lot of people to extend their hunting season, even if they are not able to effectively use a compound bow, such as having a physical problem that keeps them from drawing a compound back.”
Robb noted the crossbow’s increasing popularity. As of December 2015, it was legal to use a crossbow during an archery-only season in 25 states, and during a portion of archery season in three other states.
The article cites several advantages to crossbows. “The crossbow has three big advantages over a compound bow, the main one being that it is pre-cocked,” Robb said. “Thus, you do not have to draw the bow as an animal approaches. You also do not have to use muscle power to hold it at full draw, and you can rest the crossbow’s forearm to give you a stable shooting platform. The use of an optical sight is another advantage.”
Robb notes that the ATA Trade Show featured crossbows, allowing them to live in harmony among recurves and compounds. “At the 2016 (ATA) Show, crossbows and crossbow accessories were prominently displayed, and many major manufacturers of compound bows build and sell them. The reason is simple. The public likes them so much that the crossbow is a major factor as to why the archery industry is as strong as it is today. They’re a big reason why bowhunting is in a growth mode.”
To read more of Grand View’s recent commentary on crossbows, click here.