The AAE SoCal Showdown is a U.S. National Ranking event that brings together world class athletes as well as many young aspiring archers too. For archers, we offer a great competition experience with a great venue, team round competition, prize money, and even individual gold medal matches at the San Diego County Fair. New to archery? Come on out on Saturday, June 25th for our Archery Festival and Team Finals party. Try archery, play fun archery games, enjoy great food, and see these archers in action as they compete for team gold.
By Keaton Chia, Program Director, Easton Archery Center of Excellence
Archery is an age-old sport. Conversely it is also a sport for all ages. From young to old, archery truly captures the imagination. This is evident with the growing interest in the sport with popular movies such as “The Hunger Games” and television shows like “Arrow” prominently featuring the sport. It has a special draw that urges people to pick up a bow and arrow. From the first shot, especially for young archers, there are many paths and opportunities available. At the Easton Archery Center of Excellence, we aim to open the eyes of young archers to the many possibilities for them in archery as well as what it will take to achieve those dreams.
Located at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., our facility is a high performance-training center dedicated to the sport of Olympic-style archery. Our primary users are the Resident Athletes (RA) of USA Archery who train full time. While the RAs range in age, many of them are quite young, in their teens or early twenties. Having a dedicated archery center affords them the best possible training environment to achieve their Olympic aspirations. They are able to live on site, train at 70 meters (the distance shot in the Olympics) both indoors and outdoors, work out in our gym, tune equipment in the workshop equipped with a high speed camera and 3D motion capture system, and more. Many of these archers were successful in youth divisions before taking this step into full time training, which is reflective of the pathway archery provides from first shot to elite shooters.
What does this mean for young archers? Alongside the high performance training of the RA program, our center offers a variety of opportunities for archers to come and experience what it means to “train for excellence”, as we say here. We host youth development programs such as the USA Archery Junior Dream Team program as well as our own training camps for youth clubs, school teams, collegiate teams, and more. By blending high performance athletes with developing archers we are able to teach lessons that can only be learned from experience and those interactions.
Archery is a very simple sport at heart, however one quickly discovers that the lessons it offers are endless. In the same way, we hope young athletes will discover new sides of the sport they love by being immersed in the culture and environment here. We want them to see both what it takes to step into this next level of high performance archery as well as see it is possible to continue challenging themselves in exciting ways to attain a new level of mastery of their bow. The RA’s who train at the center are on an incredible journey of growth and success. With their bow in hand, we know young archers will be inspired and encouraged as they find their way to archery success.
Chula Vista native Lauren Clamon first picked up a bow at an archery booth at the San Diego County Fair when she was 11. In less than three years, she was a national champion and now, as a resident-athlete at the Chula Vista United States Olympic Training Center, has already competed at several international events. Read more….
October 22, 2015 – San Diego, Calif. The Easton Archery Center of Excellence, a state-of-the-art indoor archery training facility has officially opened with a spectacular “ribbon shooting” ceremony performed by 5 Olympic medalists from various Olympic Games, Juan Carlos Holgado ’92; Khatuna Lorig ‘92; Simon Fairweather ‘00; Vic Wunderle ‘00 and Aida Roman ‘12.
The Celebration featured a private VIP tour and luncheon for media and invited guests. While touring the elite complex guests met world-renowned Olympians, watched Olympic archers compete, tried their own skills at archery and enjoyed food and festivities.
The 42,629 square-foot facility includes a 70-meter indoor range, fitness room, athlete lounge, coaches’ offices and multiple classrooms and conference rooms. State-of-the-art technology includes ultra-high speed video, a 3D imaging system and other tools to assist Olympic athletes. A 30-bedroom housing complex is located nearby.
“Part of my vision to support the development of sports education and programs for youth and aspiring Olympians and Paralympians has included designing, building and supporting archery training facilities,” said Jim Easton. “The Easton Archery Center of Excellence is the culmination of years of planning and hard work by a team devoted to the goal of providing…leadership, facilities, programs, training and education for the growth and development of archery.”
Easton said the new center will be a place for “archers from around the world to pursue their competitive dreams.”
The building was designed by Easton’s brother Bob, who is a champion archer and also renowned architect.
The new center is expected to help California attract and host major archery events, including world championships.
“Archery has meant so much to the Easton family for over 90 years,” said Greg Easton, president of the family’s Easton Foundations. “Through the Easton Foundations, my father’s dream of supporting archery from the grassroots and community level all the way to high-end competitive archers is being realized.”
In 1939 the Easton family began developing and manufacturing aluminum arrows in Los Angeles. This was the beginning of a trend in materials that would change traditional archery and ultimately other sports.
In addition to the new center in Chula Vista, the foundation has developed archery centers in Van Nuys, Salt Lake City, Newberry, FL, and Yankton, SD, in the United States, as well as in Spain and Switzerland.