August 2016 Newsletter

By Eric Blalock

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Over Memorial Day weekend the Easton Newberry Archery Center hosted its largest tournament of the year, the 7th Annual Gator Cup. During the Gator Cup we saw 417 archers from all over the country, and some internationally, participate in USA Archery’s 3rd USAT event of the year. Immediately following the Gator Cup, our center was fortunate enough to host the third and final leg of the Olympic trials, where we saw Mackenzie Brown, Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Zach Garrett punch their tickets to Rio.


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Meghan Collins shooting in the Cadet Gold Medal match

Our program participants and members have shown plenty of resolve training through this Florida weather. Between the heat, humidity and thunderstorms they have found the time to put in the hours of training it takes to compete well on the national stage. During the 2016 Easton JOAD Nationals we saw seven of our program participants qualify in the top 10 of their divisions, and all together our program participants brought 11 medals home to Florida. Including three gold medals. We would like to congratulate Hazel (Rose) McCarty for receiving Grand Champion honors, as well as, Adam Heidt and Rebekah Lopez for receiving 2nd Grand Champions in their divisions.

We would like to wish the best of luck to Bethany Phillips as she travels to Iguazu, Argentina to compete in a world-ranking event. Bethany has been a coach for the Easton Newberry Archery Center programs for just over a year and half. She is currently on the Junior USAT team, and has worked extremely hard for her opportunities to compete on the world stage. We would also like to recognize two of our program participants, Hala Skelton and Thadrick Heaney, as they will be traveling to Canada to compete in the Canadian Target Championships as part of the Junior Dream Team. Last but not least, we want to wish luck to another program participant, Alex Gilliam, for qualifying in Yankton, South Dakota for the 2016 World Archery Field Championship in Dublin, Ireland. The championship is set to kick off on September 27th.


Newberry Youth Look Forward to Archery World Championships


Recently the Easton Newberry Sports Complex held the World Team Trials for USA Archery. This event was well attended by the best archers across the country all vying for one of the three precious spots to represent the USA at the World Championships in 2014 in France.

One of the big stories to come out of the event was two young local archers, Meghan Collins (age 14) and Ryan Oliver (age 14).  Ryan finished 3rd in the U20 (or Junior category) team and Meghan finished an amazing 1st place in the open women’s division.  Both finished the trials placing well above their usual finish and were rewarded with making the US team.

The young archers took some time out of their busy training schedule to talk about the event and their hopes for the World Championships in February.

Coach Turner) How old are you? 
Ryan Oliver) 14
Meghan Collins) 14

Coach) How long have you been involved in archery?
Ryan) 4 years
Meghan) 1 year in the Olympic Archery in Schools (OAS) program and 2 years at Easton Newberry Sports Complex

Coach) Where did you first start your archery career? Was it fun and why did you like it?
Ryan) I started shooting when the Easton complex first opened in 2009 and I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and was the first kid to sign up for classes there. I immediately fell in love with shooting and thought it was fun and challenging.
Meghan) I started it at my school’s OAS program. It was so much fun because of the mental part of it and the competition, I like to compete.

Coach) Why do you like archery?
Ryan) I like archery because it is a fun, challenging sport and I love traveling around the country representing the United States as a part of the Junior Dream Team and the US Archery Team.
Meghan) I enjoy shooting because it’s a very mental sport, it takes a lot of focus. You have to shut everything out except for you and the arrow when you’re on the shooting line.

Coach) Has the Easton Foundation affected your shooting career? If so how?
Ryan) Easton Foundations gave me the opportunity to learn archery through the Easton Newberry Sports Complex (ENSC) and later gave a grant to our JOAD Club (Newberry JOAD) to help set up another local practice range.
Meghan) Yes, I train at one of the centers almost every day. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today if it wasn’t for the facility, the classes it offers and coaches it provides. There’s no way we could get the kind of coaching I get if it weren’t for ENSC.

Coach) What are the big titles that you have won?
Ryan) 2013 2nd place in the Cadet Recurve National Rankings, Made 2012 Junior Dream Team, 2013 Archery of the Americas Indoor Championship Bronze Medal, 2013 Cross Continental Championships Gold Medal (adult division), 2013 Easton JOAD Nationals 3rd Place, 2013 US Indoor Nationals 2nd place, 2013 JOAD Indoor Nationals 3rd place, 2012 Easton JOAD Nationals 2nd place, 2012 US Indoor Nationals 1st place, 2012 JOAD Indoor Nationals 2nd place, 2011 Easton JOAD Nationals 1st place.
Meghan) I was Grand National Champion at Easton JOAD nationals last summer in Hamilton, Ohio, FL state outdoor FITA champion two years in a row, FL state indoor FITA champion last year and I hold 16 state records both indoor and outdoor.

Coach) Tell us about the World Indoor trials, was it fun, was the competition tough, did you think you would make the team, was there one match that was the hardest?
Ryan) I was confident in my ability to make the team even competing with the toughest competition in the country. I think we all had fun shooting against each other and spending time together.
Meghan) I love competitions, so it was really fun! The competition was tough. I shot the first day having a goal of making the top eight because only the top eight moved on to the second day. I ended up getting first. The second day I also came in first, which was a surprise as I did not think I was going to make the team going into the tournament. The hardest match was against someone who had come in sixth the first day, Kathleen Roberts Stevenson, and she ended up winning that match.

Coach) What is the most exciting thing about going to France?
Ryan) The most exciting thing about going to France is representing the United States and competing at such a high level and going to another country for eight days.
Meghan) The most exciting thing about going to France is that I’m representing the USA. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I started archery and it’s come true.

Coach) How are you fundraising and can you give us the pages/links so we can share?
Ryan) I am trying to raise $3,000 to help cover the costs of the trip to France and I am taking online donations, you can find the link to my fundraising efforts on Facebook by searching “Ryan’s World Indoor Championships Nimes France” or go to www.GoFundMe.com/Ryans-World-IndoorFrance
Meghan) There are some really great people in our archery community at ESNC who are helping me as well as family and I appreciate them a lot. I also have a fundraising page if anyone would like to help out, it’s at http://www.gofundme.com/5ry1m4

Coach)   Finally, what are your archery goals for after the world indoors?
Ryan) My goals after World Indoor Championships is to win every USA Archery tournament in 2014 and start training for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Meghan) After world indoors, my goals are to make the USAT this year as a cadet, and the Olympic team in 2016.

Keep an eye on these young up and coming stars.  We wish them all the best in their preparation for the event. For more details about events being held at the Easton Newberry Complex or how to take lessons at the complex be sure to head to www.eastonnewberrysportscomplex.com


By: Coach Robert Turner 

U.S. Olympic Committee Designates Easton Newberry Sports Complex a Community Olympic Development Program


Contact: Doug Engh at (352) 472-2388 x145 Email:  dengh@esdf.org  

July 26, 2013

U.S. Olympic Committee designates Easton Newberry Sports Complex a Community Olympic Development Program

NEWBERRY, Fla. – Easton Newberry Sports Complex, a shared-use facility that combines the Easton Foundation Archery Center with the City of Newberry multiuse Recreation Department, has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee as a Community Olympic Development Program. Easton Newberry Sports Complex becomes one of only 10 programs nationwide to receive this designation by the USOC for its ability to train coaches and athletes, and provide world-class venues in the sport of archery. This is the Easton Foundations’ first operating center to be awarded this designation.

“Receiving the designation as a USOC Community Olympic Development Program is an important step for the Easton Newberry Sports Complex, the Easton Foundations and the city of Newberry toward our missions of promoting the sport of archery and the city of Newberry as a sports destination,” said Greg Easton, President of the Easton Foundations. “We look forward to working closely with the USOC and the city of Newberry to promote archery, the city of Newberry and the Olympic spirit.”

Based in Newberry, Fla., the organization is used by several U.S. Junior Olympic Archery Development clubs. Additionally, it hosts the annual Gator Cup, which USA Archery selected as a U.S. Archery Team qualifier series event.

The CODP will continue to serve as a regional archery center for all skill levels, teaching archers the National Training System of USA Archery and giving all interested archers opportunities for advancement. With 100 acres of multipurpose facilities – including dedicated areas for archery training and events – the organization currently reaches 6,200 people each year. The organization will also continue to conduct its mobile van program to promote archery throughout the surrounding communities. Visit EastonNewberrySportsComplex.com for program details.

“The USOC is thrilled to announce Easton Newberry Sport Complex as its newest Community Olympic Development Program,” said Alicia McConnell, USOC director of training sites and community partnerships. “Easton Newberry’s commitment to athlete development and youth outreach is exactly what we look for when developing partnerships to enhance the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

“This is great news for the sport of archery given the sport’s tremendous growth over the past year,” said USA Archery CEO Denise Parker. “With a CODP designation, the Easton Newberry Sports Complex can be a major force in helping USA Archery grow the sport through events and outreach programming.”

The goal of the Easton Foundations is to promote and maintain the viability of archery by growing the sport as a mainstream activity at the state, regional and national levels. By developing grassroots programs in communities and schools, and supporting college and university programs, the foundation will help inspire the next generation of Olympic hopefuls. 

About the Easton Foundations:             

The Easton Foundations’ aim is to keep archery a viable part of the sporting culture in communities across the United States.  Founded during the 1982 Olympics by Jim Easton, the founder and former CEO of Easton Sports, Inc, the Foundation actively works to introduce the Olympic sport of archery to communities across the country.  It supports the training of aspiring archers, trainers, coaches, and administrators and building of indoor archery facilities at city parks, schools, universities and sports complexes. 

The Easton Foundations encourages and engages youth to participate and develop skills in the sports of archery, baseball, softball, ice hockey, and cycling.  It contributes to selected 501(c)(3) charitable groups and universities that share its vision of excellence and innovation in sports programs, business and engineering education, and medical research.