South Ridge Archery in Portland, Tennessee hosted the first 3D Regional tournament for Tennessee S3DA. With more than two hundred plus in attendance the range was crowded with archers, parents, coaches, etc. For many archers, this was their very first 3D tournament experience. All the seasoned veterans worked hard to guide the new archers through the event and ensure they were comfortable and having fun. The range was filled with chatter, laughter, fist bumps, and hugs throughout the day.
Jerry Shehane, TN ASA State Director, was on hand throughout the day and helped announce an exciting new venture. The TN ASA Federation will allow S3DA students an opportunity to use their scores from two of this year’s TN S3DA 3D Regional events to also qualify them for the TN ASA Federation State Championship.
Tennessee S3DA State Coordinator, Robert Carter stated, “Thank you to the folks at South Ridge Archery Club for putting in the hard work to host our first 3D regional of the season. It is always fun to see the kids make the transition from Indoor season to the 3D range. I was particularly excited to announce that TN S3DA will hold its first ever ASA qualifier in conjunction with the TN S3DA 3D State Championship at Buffalo Ridge Refuge in Waverly, TN this June. We are looking forward to a thriving partnership with the TN ASA Federation and I believe this year’s dual qualifying events will allow TN S3DA kids even more opportunities to compete and sharpen their archery skills.”
Sydney Clardy is in her first year with TN S3DA and is a member of the Muddy Bayou Archery team. She was introduced to archery through a program at her school and decided to seek out more opportunities to shoot and compete. She landed at Muddy Bayou Archery and soon transitioned to a barebow setup. This was Sydney’s first 3D tournament, and she captured a 2nd place finish in the Female Youth Barebow Division. When asked about the event, she said, “I had a lot of fun. It is nice because you make friends not just from your team but from other teams as well and then you get to see everyone at tournaments. Her mom, Michelle stated, “I love that the archery community is like one big family. We have had coaches from other teams share tips and advice to Sydney even though she is competing against kids on their team. It seems like everyone has a real love for archery and they want to see all the kids succeed. That’s what makes this sport so different from all the other sports we have been involved in.”
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