ARCHERY: Local archer Abby Weir earns bronze at World Archery Field Championships
At the young age of 10, Abby Weir was introduced to archery.
She quickly fell in love with the sport and began honing her skills with the Barebow. Fast forward five years and the Bear River junior is traveling all over the country and beyond, competing in her chosen discipline with great success.
“It’s very calming for me,” Weir said at a Sunday practice session at the Nevada County Sportsman’s archery range. “It’s a sport that is just you. But, you can also be on a team which is interesting. I just really love it.”
Weir, who has earned several first place awards from national competitions in the past two years, recently competed in her first international competition at the World Archery Field Championships in Dublin, Ireland.
“The trip to Dublin was all about getting experience so I would know how to better myself for the competition in two years, so I would know how to win next time,” said Weir.
Not only did Weir better prepare herself for future competitions, she earned a bronze medal as a member of Team USA’s junior squad and placed fourth individually in the women’s junior barebow division.
“I was very happy to place fourth,” she said. “You walk away from it with nothing, so you say, ‘OK, I need to get better. But, I also know that I’m not at the bottom.’ A driving force for me is to always get better.”
In addition to returning home with a bronze medal, Weir also gained a lot of experience when it comes to competing in front of a crowd.
“I learned about performing under pressure,” she said. “There was a big crowd and they put us up on a huge Jumbotron.”
Weir’s drive, discipline and focus is what has made her an up-and-coming archer, said Weir’s coach Becky Nelson-Harris.
“She’s very good at focusing,” Nelson-Harris said of Weir. “She has a lot of internal discipline that carries her a long way… In order for someone to decide and say my dream is to be an elite archer, one has to have a desire for the sport — you have to love archery.”
Weir indeed loves the sport and hopes to continue competing for years to come. She added she would like to find a college that has an archery team and one day compete at the World Games.
As she chases her archery dreams, Weir is aware there is still a lot of work to be done.
“I want to improve on form and consistency,” she said. “Arrow to arrow. Three arrows on a target or five arrows on a target, I want to be as consistent as possible. I want to make sure if I shoot in the middle on that first arrow, I can put the rest right next to it.”
For Weir, who competes in four to five competitions per year, the next event rolls around in January.
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