Students from the Easton Foundations Archery Centers and OAS program make the USA Archery 2018 Dream Team

Congratulations to the archers who trained at one of our Easton Archery Centers or participated in the Olympic Archery in Schools program and have made the 2018 USA Archery Dream Team.  We are very proud of their accomplishments.    Read more…..

Easton Salt Lake Archery Center

Andrew Furst

Easton-Newberry Archery Center

Olivia Huffer

Andrea Kent

Easton Van Nuys Archery Center

Trenton Cowles

Ara Hekimian Brogan

Easton Archery Center of Excellence

Mina Burns

Olympic Archery in Schools

Adam Whitlach


Florida Sports Foundation awards Easton Gator Cup Best Mid-Market Event of the Year for 2016

The Florida Sports Foundation (FSF), the state’s leading sports promotion and development organization, presented six awards to recognize Florida communities and sports commissions for their outstanding efforts in sports tourism in the State of Florida.  The events were awarded or held between April 1, 2016 and April 15, 2017.

Mid-Market Event of the Year:  Easton Gator Cup, Newberry, Gainesville Sports Commission.

While this is an annual local created event, what made the 2016 event special was winning the bid to host the USA Olympic Team Trials as the last chance for men and women to qualify in the US to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.   During the Olympic Trials the top 8 men and women were eliminated down to the top 4, a 3 person team with one alternate archer.  This was not only great marketing for the local community but also for the State of Florida to host an Olympic Qualifier before Rio.  Over 600 people attended the five-day Gator Cup Tournament and Olympic Team Trial.  Over 80% of participants were from out-of-state and over 95% of participants were from out-of county with 38 states represented and archers from Canada, Trinidad and Bermuda.  1,138 room nights were produced with over $175,000 direct hotel impact and a direct Economic impact of $452,067.

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Aim True – Partnering for Performance

Story and Photography by Ray Carson

Sometimes it takes a partnership to create a project.  In 2008, the City of Newberry Parks and Recreation Department was tasked with a plan to create a sports park that would not only benefit local residents, but would also use sports tourism as an economic engine for the city.

As is often the case with small town government budgets, funding was limited.  The solution was to form a partnership with other entities that could share resources and funds to create the park.  Florida Fish and Wildlife donated land and the Easton Foundations provided additional funds and an archery facility.   Read more….

Easton Foundations Gator Cup and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Media Advisory:
Event: Easton Foundations Gator Cup and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, final nomination shoot

Where: Easton Newberry Sports Complex – 24880 NW 16 Ave, Newberry, FL 32669

When: The Easton Foundations Gator Cup will take place May 26-28, immediately followed by the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, final nomination shoot May 29-30.

What: The Easton Foundations Gator Cup is the second of four U.S. Archery Team (USAT) Qualifier Series Events of the 2016 season where archers earn valuable points towards a spot on the national team. The event will consist of official practice, a 72-arrow ranking round, and head-to-head elimination matches. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, final nomination shoot is the last of a three-part trials process. The U.S. has qualified a full men’s team of three archers, and has earned one spot for our women. They will have one more chance to qualify a full team, and this Trials process will determine which archers are nominated to those slots to go to the Games in Rio.

Who: Top archers to watch include 2012 London Olympic Silver Medalists Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie and five-time Olympian and Olympic Bronze Medalist Khatuna Lorig, who also taught Jennifer Lawrence archery for her role as Katniss in the Hunger Games movies. Zach Garrett and Collin Klimitchek are the two youngest archers in the running for the men’s top 8, and both have a good shot with multiple recent international medals under their belts. Garrett invents his own archery equipment that he competes with, and Klimitchek is an avid adventure seeker and nature lover, which is how he found the sport of archery.

Mackenzie Brown leads the women’s field with a wide margin. Nicknamed the Girl on Fire, Brown narrowly missed the 2015 World Championship team, but then came back to suddenly win a spot on almost every major international podium for the remainder of the season. Currently ranked fourth in the world, Brown also won bronze at the Rio Test Event and is a strong contender for a medal this summer.

The top eight men stand as follows:

1. Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona)
2. Zach Garrett (Wellington, Missouri)
3. Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Florida)
4. Collin Klimitchek (Victoria, Texas)
5. Jacob Wukie (Fremont, Ohio)
6. Thomas Stanwood (Raynham, Massachusetts)
7. Daniel McLaughlin (West Chester, Ohio)
8. Sean McLaughlin (West Chester, Ohio)

The top eight women stand as follows:

1. Mackenzie Brown (Flint, Texas)
2. Hye Youn Park (Cupertino, California)
3. LaNola Pritchard (Lehi, Utah)
4. Ariel Gibilaro (North Branford, Connecticut)
5. Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood, California)
6. Erin Mickelberry (Bothell, Washington)
7. Lauren Clamon (Chula Vista, California)
8. Heather Koehl (Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin)

Live updates as the Trials continue are available here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For any media questions or credential requests, please contact media@usarchery.org.

About USA Archery
USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States. For more information, visit http://www.usarchery.org.

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What Time are you In?

By Don Rabska

You guessed it, this article is not about world time zones, it is about shooting archery. The “time” you are “in” is one of the most important, but least talked about aspects of shooting. What this article might help you discover is the time you are most often shooting in.   Are you shooting in the past, the present (now), or the future?

Now is Now
If your answer to the above question is now, you are absolutely right and give yourself a pat on the back. When shooting, the time you are in should be the present or now, not in the past, thinking about the good or rough arrows you have shot, or in the future anticipating an outcome. Your mind should be only in the present time. If you are thinking about the last arrow you shot, you are not working on the arrow in your bow. The same is true when anticipating future events. If you are thinking that you have five 10s in the target and you only need one more to have a 60, and that is your thought while you are trying to shoot that last arrow for a perfect end, the likelihood of you actually shooting a 60 is pretty slim. The reason is, your mind is not in the same place that it was for the first five shots. You are now playing in the future and that is a dangerous place to be.

Let’s examine why we want to shoot in present time. When speaking with any experienced sports psychologist, they will tell you that all top performance is achieved subconsciously. This is also the state of being “in the Zone” as most of us fondly call it. If you have ever experienced the Zone, then you also know that is was close to impossible to miss the center of the target. Your shooting was the best it ever was and shooting seemed effortless. So, if you have been fortunate enough to experience the Zone, how do you get back there? That is certainly a big question on the minds of many and of course the harder you try to get in the elusive “Zone,” the farther you are from it.

The Zone is not really a conscious state, but more of a subconscious take over where the conscious mind moves over and gets out of the way. It is a mental condition where there is very little thinking, but where total body awareness is the driving force behind performance. If you are consciously thinking, then you are probably thinking in the past or future, not in the present.

Here is a little experiment to try (full participation, please). Pinch the skin under one arm at the triceps. Pinch hard enough that you feel a little discomfort (Okay, pain, but the doctor always says “discomfort,”—like it makes it hurt less?). While you are continuing to pinch yourself, ask yourself the following question, is this past, . . . present, . . . or future? I believe the unanimous answer is going to be “present.” You are experiencing this sensation in present time. Sensation is also known as “feeling” and therefore feeling has to be in present time. We do not experience physical feeling or sensation of things in the past or future, but only now, or “real time.”

The “Now” or “Zone” goes by many names, “flow”, “in the moment”, “in the present” or even comments like, “that guy is shooting unconscious” or “out of his mind”! Which of course is a pretty accurate statement for someone performing at a subconscious level. The importance of being in the present is that your focus is on what you are doing at the moment you are doing it. You can’t be thinking about the cold beer or soda you are going to have after the competition or the big juicy steak you are going to eat. Well, your mind can be thinking about those things, but don’t expect to shoot well. The mind must be on what you are doing, or better, on what you are feeling at the very moment you are in the process of “doing.” You should have total awareness of your feeling. If you can do that and start to block out everything else, then you are “in the now” and one short mental buss stop away from the Zone!

One of the most important lessons I have ever received took about 10 seconds and was from Dr. Dan Landers, world-renowned sports psychologist. One day after conducting a seminar for the U.S. Archery Team many years ago, he said to me, “Don, I am going to give you the most important secret in achieving top sports performance! As I eagerly anticipated the next words out of his mouth he said, “That secret is . . . stay in the present when you are shooting.” And as he turned to walk away he looked back and added, “By the way, I didn’t say it was easy.” He was so right! It is not easy; it takes lots of practice to learn to stay in present time when doing anything. The problem is, we are all trained throughout life to be a type of anticipation machine. We are constantly thinking of the future. We often dwell in the past too, but rarely are we totally involved in the now.

As I have noted in past articles, your focus needs be on two things, while turning those two things into one thing. Since the conscious mind cannot think of two things at the same time, you need to meld those two things into one experience. That is, look at what you want to hit and, with your kinesthetic sense, feel your way through the shot, paying close attention to the motion of the set-up, draw, loading, anchor, transfer and “holding” or control phase (B.E.S.T. system). Once the body is fully set and ready for the shot, you need only concentrate on clearly feeling a focus point until the shot goes off. That focus point may be a small area in the draw scapula to maintain good back tension or in relaxing the draw arm forearm or other point of focus to keep your conscious concentration focused on a fine degree of feeling. There is still the need to keep the connection with the target, but without really aiming as that is a subconscious activity. The feeling and awareness needs to be with you on the shooting line and not at the sight or at the target. Those other activities are for the subconscious to tackle, as it is your multi-tasking mechanism. You need only concentrate on the clear feeling of some aspect of your technique to give your conscious mind something positive to do and to keep it out of trouble.

It is also important to remember that the shot does not stop the moment the clicker snaps; it is just the middle of the shot at that point. One of the problems I see in many shooters is they seem to stop the shot at the clicker. It is like a door closes on the shot at that moment. The door to the target must remain open until the arrow hits the target. Another hindrance to good shooting is by trying to “help” the bow shoot the arrow. When anticipating the shot (playing in the future) and waiting for the clicker to snap, at the very moment it does click, the archer tries to help the bow get the arrow to the target. That instant reaction to the anticipation of the shot will rarely get the arrow in the center of the target. If you are working only in present time, then there is no reaction other than letting the bow shoot the arrow. There is stillness except for the natural reaction of the body when the draw fingers relax to let the bowstring push them out of the way while the bow hand falls forward toward the target. No “extra” effort, only a natural reaction created by the event.

In the Korean system of shooting, much of the teaching is on feeling the “center of the body,” feeling the scapula positions, feeling the head over the center of the body and feeling the overall awareness of the body to perform the shot. They will also speak about the feeling of “expansion.” Therefore, if your focus is totally absorbed in the feeling and awareness of the shot, then how can you be in any time but the present? There is no room for thinking of the past or future because you are totally involved in the now.

Eye focus plays a big part here, too. If you are intently focusing on the target, then you are not focusing on your feeling or awareness. The same is true for focusing on your sight. If you are “aiming” hard, you are hard at work on the wrong focus. The sight and target will suck your mind away from you as well as your body awareness. That, my friends, is a major trap to be avoided at all costs. The mind, the subconscious mind that is, has to be in control of aiming. It should be anyway, it is the professional at that game. The conscious mind is a complete rookie at the aiming process. Try the following exercise the next time you are practicing (and in competition). Rather than looking intently at the target or sight, relax your face and your eyes, almost like you are letting your eyelids droop just a bit. Totally relax your focus so that you are looking about half way between you and the target. If you do this and practice it, the target will appear to come closer to you . . . yep, it looks bigger! While relaxing in this way, focus only on what you are feeling through the shot, no “thinking” allowed, just quiet the mind and concentrate on the actual sensation of shooting, not thinking about it.
Focus on what feels “right.” You know when it doesn’t feel right and those are the times you should let down and start again so it does feel right. If you are in the process of shooting an arrow and your mind says, “Hey, my bow hand feels off” or your fingers creep on the string or any other part of your shot does not feel right, then don’t shoot. If you do, you are gambling! If you ever wondered how the gaming industry could afford to keep building big hotels and casinos in Las Vegas; it’s because they can afford it. Why? Because gamblers rarely win!

Getting Your Feeling Back
Often when we go to tournaments our feeling changes from how it felt in practice. This is because in practice we do not often have a big dose of adrenaline to deal with. One of the physical affects of an adrenaline boost is to heighten our awareness. However, which way do we handle this acute awareness? If we let it “out” then we notice many more things than we are usually aware of. We notice the birds singing, a baby crying, people talking behind us, people laughing, cars on the road, the sound of bow strings and just about any other stimulus that is around to perceive. If we are dealing with all these stimuli at once, then there is no room left in our head to focus on our shot. This is one of the reasons that many archers score less well in tournaments than they do in practice. There are other reasons as well, but this is certainly one of major causes. Now, when we are in this situation, it is very hard to focus on our shooting due to our minds jumping from one thing to another. This is where people laughing behind you might be a bother, or traffic on the street, or any other excuse the mind might look for as a reason for poor shooting.

The next time you are in this situation, try getting in touch with your feelings, and I don’t mean your emotions. Focus on your body and bring that heightened awareness to bear on you. Turn it into the inside so you are fully and totally aware of you. Bring your mind back inside you and not out in the trees with the birds. Here is the “how to” part. First, focus on your feet . . . how do they feel? Next, progress to your legs and then very importantly, the stomach. Does it feel tense, raised a little rather than more relaxed? How do your shoulders feel? What about your hands and fingers? Start concentrating on you and how you feel and you will begin to be aware of you again and what you should feel like. It should only take a minute or two to bring your mind back to recapture your physical awareness. Now work on focused breathing (diaphragmatic breathing). Doing this helps relax your mind and body while you are bringing your awareness back where it belongs. Focus your concentration on a point behind your navel. Feel the pressure build slightly at the top of the stomach on the intake and then feel the stomach pressure fall and relax on the slow out breath. When you are in the Zone, you will notice that your self-awareness is very acute and nothing outside that world exists except you and the thing you are focusing on. You need only maintain enough conscious awareness to pick up personal environmental clues like a shift in wind direction, a torn fletch or other necessary information that might hinder performance if left neglected.

Along this same line of thought concerning feeling, have you ever wondered why people who are sick often shoot really well? One reason is, they don’t care! They just want to lie down, get pampered by Mom or their spouse and go to sleep. The other reason, and what I believe is the biggest reason, is they have complete and full awareness of how they feel. They are not focused on anything but how they are feeling at that very moment. Nothing else matters, they are simply thinking about themselves and the unpleasant feeling they are experiencing. Of course, not from an ego standpoint either, just perfectly clear awareness of the body with little thinking involved. Besides, it is too difficult to think when we are sick, but we are most certainly aware of how we feel.

Until next time—Good Shooting!


Position Title: Assistant Archery Coach


  • Assist Archery Programs Director in managing all archery programs.
  • Assist with archery class and event planning and logistics.
  • Assist with facility maintenance, programs and event coordination.
  • Assist in overseeing and maintaining the indoor and outdoor target and 3-D ranges.
  • Assist in the oversight of community-based archery programs, including college teams, leagues, tournaments and events.
  • Assist, or conduct, archery instructor training courses.
  • Assist with record keeping for facility archery programs.
  • Assist in promotional efforts to increase programs and participation.
  • Manage and inventory the facility’s archery program equipment.
  • Travel, as needed, to coaching seminars and other functions related to the job.
  • Facilitate equipment upkeep, organization and maintenance for all program equipment.
  • Assist with updating of the website calendar. (Events, general information, press releases, photos and other web-based information).
  • Assist in coordinating all elements of incoming groups, international or domestic.
  • Assist Archery Programs Director with equipment orders, range set-up, and all other functions related to normal operation of the center.
  • Must have strong organizational skills.
  • Support Archery Programs Director and maintain good working relationships with other staff members.


  • US Archery Level III or above coaching certification or level II with a minimum of 4 years of competitive or archery coaching experience.
  • Be knowledgeable in archery tournament/competition setup and operation.
  • The ability and willingness to learn to use photo/video analysis software programs.
  • Must be able to work well with children, adults and special needs persons in a public environment on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to work all scheduled hours including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Have the ability to use the MS Office suite software and have general knowledge of daily office operations and equipment.
  • Social Media usage skills.
  • Be able to lift and move targets up to 50 pounds and other physical functions as needed.
  • Be able to work in an English-speaking environment.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Experience in managing part-time employees, volunteers and contract services.
  • Learn to operate the registration software (Rec 1).


  • Demonstrate commitment, drive and initiative to achieve facility and program outcomes and requirements.
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be proficient in USA Archery’s National Training System (NTS), or be willing to learn.
  • Proficient in the use of power and hand tools


  • Standard office equipment
  • Physical fitness & training equipment
  • Standard bow tuning, setup and maintenance re-curve and compound.
  • Computer equipment, AV, Dartfish or similar archery specific training and high-speed camera equipment.

POSITION REPORTS TO: Easton Newberry Archery Center Programs Director.

Please email resume to cgreene@esdf.org Deadline for Submission: Position will remain open until filled.

Salary Range: Negotiable, commensurate to experience, education and training.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, handicap or veteran status. All qualified applicants will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle and work environment, the Easton Foundation is Tobacco free.


By Perry Smith

For Jake and Amanda Kaminski, archery is more than just a hobby. It’s part of their lifelong love and commitment. Jake, an Olympic silver medalist who’s about to turn 26, and his wife, Amanda, 24, are both top level archers who use their passion for the sport to spur their respective careers. Jake frequently travels internationally for competitive shooting, product development and coaching; Amanda set her sights on a coaching focus, and developing the business, Kaminksi Archery, that the pair established at their Florida home.

The couple, who were brought together through competitive archery, literally, seem to live the sport as part of their daily routine. “We both actually made the Junior World Team for Mexico in 2006,” Amanda said. “We met at the airport.” The two married in 2011, and now they help train archers at all levels at their Florida home — that is, when Jake isn’t competing internationally or working on cutting edge product development that could help shape the future of the sport. Amanda helps prepare archers at all levels on the training grounds the pair have developed for archers on their property. “We have our own building that we built in our backyard,” Amanda said. “We have up to 70 meters at our house.”

The success of both archery careers remains impressive, but becomes easier to understand, once one learns how long and hard the two have worked at competitive archery. Both became involved in the sport at relatively young ages, Jake as a six-year-old in Elma, New York, near Buffalo; and Amanda as a ten-year-old in Kennewick, Washington. Long before Amanda was a coach at the Easton Newberry Archery Center in Newberry, Florida, and at their home base, in Bronson, Florida, which is near Gainesville, she was a teen phenom. “I was about to turn ten before I went to my first tournament in Las Vegas and I won it,” Amanda said. “So I said, ‘Wow, I’m going to stay with it.’”  She earned a spot on the Junior U.S. World Team and competed at the Junior World Archery Championships in Merida, Mexico at age 16.  She garnered an invitation to the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California only two years later.

Jake’s father, who was a volunteer fireman, won a bow at a gun raffle when the future Olympian was only six. “I found a local JOAD club down the road called Leo’s JOAD,” Jake said. “I was just doing it for fun until I was around twelve years old,” adding that he was also receiving attention for his baseball skills. But he must have recognized his potential with a bow and arrow from a young age. “When (baseball and archery) started competing for each other’s time, I decided to go with archery on the national scale (for competition),” he said. The rest is history, including the silver medal he earned alongside U.S. Olympic teammates Brady Ellison and Jacob Wukie in London.

Nowadays, the targets for Jake’s attention are split. He’s touring the globe, most recently taking part in the Arizona Cup, and a competition in Guadalajara Mexico, taking part in an annual shoot used traditionally by top quality archers to kick off the season. Amanda likes to travel with Jake when possible, and when she’s not doing that, she’s coaching and managing operations at Kaminski Archery. After any conversation with her, you can tell which part she enjoys the most.

Kaminsky1“I love working with kids,” Amanda said, noting that Jake often coaches the more advanced-level archers who come to Kaminski Archery. “I’m the one that does most of the coaching,” she said, adding that their archery center will work with everyone from children “old enough to hold a bow and arrow in their hands” to those who are “really, really dedicated,” she said. Her experience at Easton’s Newberry facility also gives her a chance to work with top-notch facilities. “What they have there is amazing,” she said, comparing it to some of the best facilities in the country. “(At the Newberry facility) we have groups coming in from other countries because the weather’s so great and they have the technology to do videoing.”

Jake coaches and competes, but he also speaks with a passion about product development, which seems to be a job and something he truly enjoys. “I’m more than just a shooter, I do a whole lot of work with my sponsors to develop new equipment,” Jake said, adding that he’s using his competitive experience to further his career. He’s currently developing a recurve bow as part of a new product line with one of his sponsors. He’s also working on the Appitune, a mobile app to help archers calibrate their gear. “We basically redid the archery ‘holy grail’ of tuning manuals,” he said, describing the inspiration for his new app. “Archery is our passion,” Amanda said, so I’m really happy now that we have this company, and I can travel with him.”

Carl Greene Hired as Director of Archery…


From: Caren Sawyer, Executive Director

Date: March 10, 2014

Carl Greene Hired as Director of Archery for the Easton Newberry Sports Complex

Newberry, FL—Easton Sports Development Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Carl Greene as the Director of Archery for the Easton Newberry Sports Complex in Newberry, Florida.

Carl, a USA Archery Level 5 Coach, will be responsible for all archery activities at the Newberry facility. As Director of Archery, Carl will report directly to Robert Romero, Director of Coaching.  Carl will be relocating to the Newberry, FL area from Georgia to be closer to the center.

Carl brings with him an extensive archery background including:

  • USA Archery Level V National Training System Coach
  • USA Archery Level IV Class trainer
  • USA Archery ITS Staff 2013 & 2014
  • USA Archery Junior Dream Team Red-Team Coach
  • USCA Board Member 2012 & 2013
  • Georgia Shooting Sports Foundation Treasurer
  • GA 4-H S.A.F.E. State Advisory Board
  • GA 4-H S.A.F.E. State Training Board
  • Head coach of Southern Eagles Archery Team at Georgia Southern University
  • Head coach of The Range JOAD archery program
  • Owner of The Range / Statesboro Archery Pro Shop

Carl has been shooting a bow for over 35 years.  He began his coaching career in 2004 with a local 4-H program and since then has continued as part of the Georgia State Training and Advisory board and, through his work with USA Archery, he has trained many coaches and coached his own students to local, state, and national titles.

“The Easton Foundation is pleased to have Carl join our team, stated Greg Easton, President of the Easton Foundation.  His experience in business and as an archery coach will serve him well in leading the team in Newberry.”

“We are extremely pleased to have Carl Greene join the elite team of archery coaches within the Easton Foundations. Carl’s exceptional coaching and management capabilities are key assets in furthering our mission of creating the coaching infrastructure needed to address the growing number of new archers coming into the sport. Carl’s Elite Level coaching status and National Trainer experience offer the skill sets necessary to develop and fully implement those programs. We are extremely happy to have Carl join the Easton Foundations family.” stated Don Rabska, V.P. Easton Foundations.

Carl’s response to joining the Easton Foundations’ team reflects his professional attitude toward the position, “It is an honor to be selected by the Easton Foundations to fill the position of the ‘Director of Archery Programs’ in Newberry, FL.  I look forward to working with the staff and clubs to promote the future of archery and the role of a ‘Community Olympic Development Program’.”

Robert Romero, Director of Coaching stated, “With Carl Greene coming on board as the Director of Archery Programs of our Newberry Florida center, I feel that the our programs will continue to grow in a direction that will suit not only our new CODP designation but also the Newberry and North Central Florida community. Carl brings with him high level coaching experience as well as a very successful grassroots program knowledge that will help guide our center into the future.”

For additional information contact Ms. Caren Sawyer, Executive Director, at 818-901-0127 Ext. 104, or at csawyer@esdf.org.

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 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.

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