Eighty-two archers of all ages shot their shot for first place in the indoor archery competition.
LEXINGTON, SC — Archery teams from across South Carolina traveled to Lexington on Saturday for the U.S. State Indoor Archery Championship.
More than 80 archers of all ages were able to shoot at the Barr Road Sports Complex, including 11-year-old Carson Vroegendewey.
Carson told News19 that he loves archery because “you can have bull eyes and robin hoods, and it’s fun.”
Carson added that he loves competition and hopes to one day make it to the Olympics.
“Anything he focuses on, he can do, he can do,” repeated his mother, Amanda Vroegendewey.
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Amanda was brimming with pride at the state championship, saying he had worked hard to be there.
“No matter what he does, I always get emotional because I’m his number one fan,” she said with tears in her eyes.
Indy coach Deliz was also proud; his Midlands Heat team trains three times a week.
“We’ve had several kids who started out in summer camp and now they’re third in the nation in their division,” Deliz said.
Deliz encouraged people of all ages and skill levels to try archery, saying they could hit their mark in no time.
“Archery is for everyone,” Deliz said. “You don’t have to be an athlete, you don’t have to be muscular, you don’t have to be fast, you just have to be disciplined.”
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The Midlands Heat are awaiting scores which will be released on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, we have since learned that Carson won first place in his age group in the USA Archery South Carolina Bowman Recurve division.
Then the team will prepare for the outdoor championship this year. If you are interested in archery, you can find out more on the Midlands Archery Center website.