On May 1st, 2022, a damp chill was in the air, but it didn’t stop archers from competing as they met at Central Michigan Sportsman’s Club for the season’s first 3D regional qualifier. Even though it was breezy, chilly, and damp, the excitement shown by the archers made you forget about the weather. Michigan State Coordinator, Cara Waite stated, “The support that came out today for our archers was amazing! This is our largest tournament for a 3D competition that Michigan S3DA has ever had. Families were smiling, archers were having a blast and the weather held steady throughout the day. We look forward to our next 3D regional.”
Nearly 100 archers from across the state of Michigan gathered to compete. The woods were full! A first-time parent, Ashley Leyder said, “This was a well laid out course for the kids with lots of supportive spectators and coaches. This tournament was fun from start to finish and very well ran and organized. I truly enjoyed watching not only my child, but all the archers.”
A local Superintendent, Kelly Nielson, came to support ten Central Michigan Goldstar archers from her district. When asked about her thoughts on the event, she stated, “I learned a lot attending my first archery competition. My biggest takeaway was witnessing the comradery amongst the competitors. It was great to see them supporting each other on a shot whether it was good or bad. The progression of the various age groups was fun to see, as there were some very small children on the range. The excitement of these youngsters could be heard throughout the day, but the older archers were more intense and focused. They really took aim on each target with a technical precision.”
Archers across the state of Michigan are set to compete in the Michigan S3DA 3D State Championship on June 11th, 2022, at Central Michigan Sportsman Club in Stanton, Michigan. After competing in the state event, these archers will qualify for the S3DA 3D National Championship set to take place in Rend Lake, Illinois on June 16th – 19th, 2022. For more information on the Michigan S3DA program, be sure to check out the Michigan S3DA Facebook page!