Twenty -four US
World team members traveled and competed in the World Indoor Archery
Championship in Aalborg, Denmark.
Six Arizonans, four
archers and two coaches took part as members of the USA team.
The top 2 archers
in each category along with the staff were funded by the NAA.
The Arizona State
Archery Association’s Board of Governors continued their on going
support of self funded Arizona World Team members by donating $250
each to Junior Compound, Brady Ellison and Senior Recurve, Kathy
The team arrived on
Monday afternoon after meeting up in Chicago and flying together as
Travel started on Sunday afternoon and
after crossing 8 time zones, they arrived Monday afternoon.
Two junior team
members did not receive their equipment from SAS/United airlines
Shuttle buses transported the team
to the host hotel where they were promptly processed, photographed
and received their credentials that they must wear to enter the
field of play.
Then it was time to
get to know your team mates. Coaches held at the first
tournament team meeting and dinner
Tuesday Un-official Practice Day:
The day was used to
help become accustomed to the time zone change.
The team practiced
individual and team rounds on Tuesday PM, and toured the venue as it
was being set up.
The range was full
of the world best archers including Olympic medalists and World
Half the day was
spend getting organized and some were able to take a walk to the
center of town.
equipment was sought and found with the help of the team leaders, a
junior parent and a trip back to the airport. A 24 hours
Wednesday Official Practice:
practiced in the AM or PM depending on their category with a mid day
2 hour lunch break
It was an
impressive sight to see all the teams in their uniforms.
efforts were first rate.
That evening the
opening ceremonies took place with the march of the athletes,
speeches by dignitaries including Aalborg Mayor, Demark Archery
Association, FITA President and the Prince of Denmark.
A dance troop
entertained with an modern expression of the story of William Tell.
Thursday Qualifying 600 round:
at 5:30am so the morning competitors could arrive early to be ready
for warm up at 8:00 AM.
Once scoring began
the tension and excitement engulfed the venue.
Lunch and then the
afternoon session went through the same routine.
By days end,
ALL 24 USA Team members qualified for the elimination round,
all Team USA archers and staff!
Friday individual and preliminary eliminations rounds up to the ¼
process determines the championship.
In the ¼ final,
three Americans competed against other.
At this level of
competition, one arrow shoot-offs take place often.
Indoor Championship Arizona Results:
Kathy McCart 8th
Lindsay Pian 7th
Brady Ellison enters the semi-finals
to be held on Saturday.
Aprilyn Witt enters the semi-finals
to be held on Saturday.
Friday team preliminary eliminations, evening:
The team rounds
were wonderfully successful.
All the US Teams
made it into the semi-finals except the US Recurve Mens team who
lost with a last end one point that was called out by a judge.
It was a long day
with the men recurve and women compound teams finishing well after 9
Saturday Individual semi finals:
Brady Ellison won
his way to gold medal match with a one point win over France
Aprilyn Witt went
against fellow American Erika Anchutz.
went to a “three” shoot off arrows decided by closest to the center
Saturday Individual Matches:
Aprilyn shot for
the Bronze medal against Slovenia for a 4th place finish.
Brady won the Gold
medal champions ceremony included an exotic modern dance number
prior the awarding the medals.
Sunday Team Championship:
As with the
individual matches, there were many shoot-offs, one arrow by each
team member in 1 minute.
Cinderella story, the US Jr. women's recurve team seeded 6th,
won the World Indoor Team Championship Bronze Medal overcoming the
3rd and 5th seeded teams. A side bet between one girl and her
Dad was added incentive to the team winning. He would shave
his head if the girls won the medal. He did!
Tedford, qualified in 18th place then, with solid focus
on shot execution, Aaron won the Individual Recurve Bronze Medal.
This year was the
first time an American individual Jr. has won a recurve bow World
Indoor Championship Medal!
The US Jr. women's
compound team did all they were asked to do including winning all
their team matches, but were not awarded a gold medal “because there
were only three teams”.
The US Jr. men's
compound team won team gold.
The US Senior
women's recurve team made it to the bronze medal match against Poland
and finished in 4th place.
The Arizona members
of the 2005 World Indoor Championship team finished individual or
team top four in the world, not bad.
US Team Jr Compound Gold Medal
US Team Jr Compound Match play winner, 1st place
US Team Jr Recurve Bronze Medal
US Team Sr Recurve 4th place
Their was a flag procession, lowering
of the FITA flag and the Danish Flag, speeches and transferring the
FITA Flag to Luxemburg, who will host the 2007 World Indoor
The practice range at the venue and
lunch area were transformed into a nicely decorated, dimly lit,
discothèque with buffet. Teams sat al together at long Tables.
Food was good as the buffet was descended upon by all. There
was plenty of food. Dancing followed. The US team led
the Cotton Eyed Joe line dance.
Most opted to leave at 11:00pm to pack
and get ready for another early morning. Final Scores,
Scorecards were given to the Team Leader.
FITA certificates were issued to top
eight finishes in each division.
Traveling home started at 8:00am in
Aalborg and arrived in Phoenix around 8:30pm. There was a 9 hour
time change for a total travel time of around 21 hours.
Bow cases did not arrive. Some
bow cases arrived at 3:30am on Wednesday delivered to the door by
To conduct a
first rate tournament, you need lots of volunteers. The Aalborg
organization numbered 120 volunteers.
It helped that the tournament fell on a 5 day holiday so
volunteers were off from their regular job.
The tournament hosted a 24 hour web
cam of the tournament so many around the world were able to get a
feel of the tournament. Perhaps more tournaments can have
JOAD clubs should
practice OR match one arrow shoot-offs as well as team round three
arrow shoot-offs by learning to shoot quickly without panicking
(10 seconds per arrow, During the Bronze Medal match, USA Jr. Recurve
Female Team, Lindsay Pian shot her last end three arrows in 30
seconds to beat the clock. The USA Jr Recurve Male team lost a
one arrow tie-breaker shoot off pressured by time and a yellow
JOAD clubs should
teach yellow card team round 1 meter line and arrow in quiver
Championship pressure is intense. Some will shoot below their
average, some will rise to the occasion and have a nothing to lose
There is no substitute for experience and all of the juniors
gained much needed international experience.
There is not much
to do, but watch the tournament and cheer on the team when
traveling to a world championship.
If you want to see the "sites", you need to stay after the
tournament closing or arrive before the tournament begins.
Juniors need to be responsible for
being on time, gathering together all they need to compete and
commit to representing their team and US with pride.
JOADs should learn to
shoot in a noisy environment with people yelling their names,
cheering for and against, varying drum cadence, etc. This is
accepted practice and is not considered poor sportsmanship.
Compare it to Basketball free-throw shooting.
This is the most successful, Indoor
Championships that the US has ever had. Congratulations to
the Team Leaders, Archers and Coaches.