Mark Schrand and I are looking forward to the Para-Archery World Championships this summer in Donaueschingen, Germany. We’ve been working hard in preparation for the trip. You can see in the picture that we’ve been able to get together to practice and have competed against each other in two tournaments this May and June in order to get the feel for the stress of competition. Mark and his wife, Kerry, drove from Arizona to meet up at the Cotton Boll Classic in Tulare, and at the California State Outdoor in Long Beach.
My husband/coach, Courtney, decided I should have a personal trainer to help me try to build up the strength I’ll need so I don’t poop out during competition. Tim Fua has been working with me with isometrics and core strength, trying to “tune up my neurological system.” I really think it’s made a big difference. I’m learning how to fire my muscles when I want to and how to make powerful movements. I’ve discovered that, as a person who is blind, I’ve trained myself to have a light touch and to walk softly, that way I don’t crash into things or slam my hands into things when reaching for items. That’s a really good skill, but in sports you really need to learn how to use your muscles powerfully. So that’s what I’ve been learning for the last couple of months.
Another big part of preparing for the World Championships has been the fund raising part. As visually impaired archers, Mark and I are required to pay for our assistant as well as ourselves to accompany us to the event. Of course, our spouses will be our assistants. We’ve been fund raising for double the amount it would normally cost to attend. I have been so fortunate to have met so many kind and generous people in the archery world who have helped me out. My local archery shop, Lodi Archery, was kind to allow me to hold a fund raiser during their grand opening this past spring which was very successful. The Clements-Locheford Lions Club provided the tri-tip lunch and gave me the proceeds they made. We played games and had many raffle prizes donated by many well-known archery equipment manufacturers and suppliers. PSE donated a bow. As you can imagine, that was a very popular raffle bucket.
Since then, airline tickets had to be purchased and uniforms ordered. Passports were renewed. My primary and backup bows are tuned and new arrows are on their way.
Next on my list of things to do is to figure out the best way to utilize WordPress to post journal entries while at the World Championships in Germany. I’m hoping to post every day and to include some photos. I don’t know how the pictures are appearing in my post, so bear with me while I try to figure it out.