A winning aim

07/09/2013 3:17 PM

07/09/2013 3:17 PM

Shelby Winslow of Lee’s Summit outshot nearly 3,000 archers to win third place at a recent international archery tournament in St. Louis.

Shelby, representing Summit Lakes Middle School, scored 290 out of a possible 300 at the 2013 World National Archery in Schools Program Championship June 29 and 30 in St. Louis.

In March, Shelby shot a 287, the top score at the Missouri NASP tournament held in Warrensburg.

The June tournament in St. Louis drew almost 3,000 archers from 22 states and two Canadian provinces.

“That was really exciting to have someone from our area there and have them among the top,” said Chris Capps, an outdoor skills specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Under the NASP program, all archers shoot with the same simple compound bow. Pure archery skills such as good aim are what counts. Procedures on the target range firing lines are standardized for practice and tournaments. Male and female archers of all ages can shoot the same equipment at the same time. In tournaments, the competition is divided by gender and into elementary, middle school and high school age ranges. NASP’s goal is to offer a quiet, skills-based sport that allows all participants to build confidence and success.

The number of participating students locally and statewide has grown over the years. In 2009, just over 250 students competed in the state tournament. This year the number was nearly 1,500.

More information on the program is available at the Missouri Conservation Department website,

www.mdc.mo.gov, or at the National Archery in Schools Program site, www.nasparchery.com.

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