Olivia Hale picked up her first bow at the age of twelve when she began shooting archery with the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). After three years with the program, Olivia met Mackenzie Brown at NASP Nationals and decided that she wanted to further her career in archery. She wanted to transition into even more competitive archery and learn more about indoor, 3D and target archery. She became interested in the Scholastic 3-D Archery program and joined a local club called Team ACUSA. Olivia began competing with S3DA in 2018 with 3D archery and won 3D Nationals in the Middle School Division her very first season. After a year of being in the program, she joined the Blackhawk S3DA team closer to her home. Olivia has shot in the Olympic Recurve Division with S3DA for three years now and has been able to compete in various S3DA events at the regional, state, and national level.
As sign-ups neared for The Vegas Shoot, Olivia had no expectations of winning her division. Her father promised her that if she did well at NFAA Nationals, he would make a way for her to get to The Vegas Shoot, mainly because they have a lot of family there that has never gotten the opportunity to see her compete. The expectation was for Olivia to compete in the Women’s class for fun and experience instead of the youth class.
Olivia said, “One day prior to competition, I saw that some of the really big names were not showing and I thought I might actually have a shot to win, so that made me really nervous, and I wasn’t as focused on my process and truly did not shoot my best through the first two days of competition. After some coaching on my mental game, I went into the third and final day much more relaxed and focused on the process of just taking one arrow at a time. When I look back on my first national tournaments with each organization from NASP to S3DA to USA Archery to NFAA, I cannot believe how far that I have come in such a short time. Winning The Vegas Shoot is definitely going to be the most memorable!”
Olivia’s parents, Dee, and Brandon are beyond blessed to have found S3DA. They are extremely thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Blackhawk S3DA and for the many volunteers, parents, coaches, and students that volunteer their time to make sure S3DA is successful. Instructing kids can be very rewarding when they experience success, and you can see it in their smile when they are having fun. Olivia is a great example of what you can achieve if you work hard and dream big. Olivia not only excels in shooting archery, but she is an accomplished student in the classroom with nearly a 4.0 GPA and is aiming to become a trauma surgeon. Everyone is excited to see what she will accomplish next!
Thursday shot a 270, Friday shot a 264, and Saturday shot a 278 for a total of 812 with 14 X’s.