The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Convention graciously allowed Tennessee S3DA exclusive use of the Gaylord Opryland Event Center to host the 2020 Tennessee S3DA Indoor State Championship in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to providing use of the event center space, the collaboration with the NWTF convention provided each registered competitor FREE ADMISSION to the NWTF convention for the entire weekend and a complimentary 1-year Jake’s membership for the NWTF.
With nearly a thousand spectators on hand throughout the day, two hundred and forty-eight (248) archers from twenty-one (21) different clubs and teams throughout the state competed in this year’s event, which was the largest number of competitors in the event’s history and a 40% increase from the 2019 event. In addition to competing for the title of State Champion, there were 167 archers who also qualified to compete for the TN Indoor Shooter of the Year. Shooter of the Year in Tennessee is awarded to the archer in each division who has the highest combined score from three (3) Indoor regionals plus their score from the state tournament.
S3DA coach, Bob Smith, worked as a line judge for the event and had this to say: “I commend every archer for giving it their best and to the kids that excelled and had podium finishes my hat is off to you. They performed incredibly. To the kids that are still working and learning, keep up the great work and don’t ever give up.”
The comradery among the archers across all the clubs and teams was evident throughout the event. There were hugs, cheers, words of encouragement, and an overall excitement in the air. Hunter Tunstill competes in the Female High School Open division and is a member of Tuckasee Archery. When we asked her what her thoughts were on the event, she stated, “Indoor State was a professionally ran tournament where we got to shoot with our closest friends and spend the day with our largest family.”
TN S3DA State Coordinator, Robert Carter stated, “The sportsmanship displayed by these archers is inspiring and sets an example for all of us. I witnessed more than one archer encouraging a fellow competitor who was struggling. In some instances, these archers were competing in the same division. I also want to think the multitude of volunteers from across the state who worked countless hours to prepare for this event and those who worked throughout the day of the tournament. None of this would have been possible without their help. As our season moves forward, I am eager to see our TN S3DA students compete in the upcoming Indoor Nationals.”