After competing in a virtual event together, Anastasia “Tasha” Schutte and her family were finally able to compete in a live archery competition together – and they all won a medal.
While competing in the 2021 Michigan Meijer State Games, Schutte won the gold medal in women’s archery, while her mother Diana took home the silver medal. Meanwhile, Diana’s fiance Charlie won the men’s gold medal.
Anastasia was honored as one of the Athletes of the Year and participated in the lighting of the torch during the opening ceremony.
“At the State Games opening ceremony, I also felt honored to have the opportunity to be recognized as one of the Athlete of the Year winners and I had the honor to carry the torch. I was quite nervous but grateful, humbled and honored, ”she said.
Then she came out and won another gold medal, her sixth at the state and national levels.
“Winning the State Games tournament this year meant more than just getting a medal, it meant I was able to do it with my family, which made the competition even more fun, competitive and enjoyable,” said Anastasia. “I was happy to have my mom by my side during the event as I and many others have been encouraging her to take up archery for quite some time now. My mom suffers from degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and tendonitis, so she has a little limitation on the types of sports she could participate in, sports that might not injure her joints. She finally
agreed to participate in archery.
And it went extremely well. All three medalists and qualified for the national games.
“To see her finally have the strength to learn, to practice archery with me and to compete with me as an athlete was a 100% bonus and I am very proud of my mother. She did her best to shoot arrows next to me. As for Charlie, he eventually agreed to participate in archery as well and improved his skills by challenging himself every time he trained, ”said Anastasia. “I am impressed with the determination he had during the tournament. Overall I was really happy, excited and proud that my mom and Charlie were also winning medals. This proves that we are indeed a family of archers.
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After: Anastasia Schutte, the family, on target together
A family of strong archers. They have qualified to compete in the State Games of America national event in Des Moines next year 2022 for the sport of 3D archery.
“We are both newbies and we feel honored to win silver medals. I scored 188 and Charlie scored 172. Tasha has certainly been a great inspiration for us to shoot and compete as a family – and we will continue to compete as a family in the future, ”said Diana.
Participating together hasn’t been the only change this year.
“Two weeks before the tournament, my mother received a notification
via email from Sparta’s 3D Archery Committee which stated that bows with cams or wheels are not allowed to compete in traditional class. For eight years, I have been shooting arrows with my Genesis Pro bow. So this news was a bit of a shock to me, especially changing the type of bow (from compound bow to recurve) and training in such a limited time with the new bow. Fortunately, we found the stores that had the recurve bows as well as the arrows that we needed and we had to practice even more with those new bows, the recurve bows, ”said Anastasia. “Therefore, winning the gold medal this year is also a great accomplishment for me since I only had two weeks to train with a
a new type of bow and learning a whole new technique using a recurve bow. I was able to do my best and I won the gold.