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Archers of all ages compete for a state title

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By Heather Sawaski

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -- For 13 year old Olivia Hartley, taking aim at a target is a family affair.

"My dad encouraged me to do it," she explained. "I always said no I don't want to do it, and then I started and now I've been doing it for 3 years and it's a blast."

The young archer and her dad practice together every chance they get. And the decision to make the 3 hour trip from Racine County up to Wisconsin Rapids for the state tournament was a no-brainer.

"Meeting people is about the best thing you can get here," Olivia said. "When you get prizes and stuff and people encourage you to do better things and people are so nice to you, it just makes you want to keep coming back. It's a good experience."

More than 250 people competed for state titles this year. Tournament leaders say the sport is starting to spark interest in archers of all ages.

"It's actually regaining popularity now with the National Archery in the Schools Program," explained tournament chairman Bruce Trimble. "It's picked up. We've got kids with targets at 10 yards for the little kids and then we have out to 20 yards. That's what the competitive distance is for older kids and adults."

Olivia Hartley says the sport is challenging, but well worth the effort. 

"This sport is a mental game basically," she said. "It's physical, but then again, once you get a zero you're like oh my gosh, what am I doing? It's kind of hard to get back but you've just got to keep shooting."

Cash prizes went to the top pro class shooters. While the amateur groups battled for trophies and bragging rights.

Online Reporter: Heather Sawaski

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