Supporting the Team and Practicing Head-to-Head Shooting

Recurve Women's team with their coach

Today was the elimination rounds for mixed teams and teams. A mixed team consists of two archers, one male and one female, in the same classification. Teams consist of three archers of the same gender and classification. Visually impaired category doesn’t shoot team rounds yet. There aren’t enough of us to make up full teams yet. The mixed teams shot in the morning. Two countries are paired according to their rankings from the qualifying rounds shot earlier this week. The teams have 2 minutes to shoot 3 arrows each. They alternate shooting until all arrows are shot. Depending on the classification, the winner is determined when the set score reaches 5, or the highest number of actual target points scored. It’s really a stressful way to compete, especially knowing your teammates are watching you. We all tried to cheer them on and encourage them.


In team competition, 3 archer teams are paired up according to their ranking from the qualifying round. Each of the 3 archers shoot 2 arrows, alternating until they have shot both their arrows. Our teams did really well. Many are going into the medal rounds on Saturday. They also were able to earn several slots for the US Paralympic team going to Rio next year. If a team or an individual makes it into the semi-finals, they automatically earn a slot for the team in the Paralympic Games in Rio. If they win a medal, they earn a slot for themselves in the Paralympics in Rio next year. You can see that this is a real serious thing for these archers.

Janice shooting while Courtney times her. 

After lunch, before the team competitions resumed, Mark and I set up at the practice field to practice head-to-head shooting for my gold medal round on Sunday. I’m so lucky to have Mark here to help me out with this. It’s a very stressful format to compete in and I learned a lot about what I need to work on. I will be paired up with the winner of the elimination round shot on Friday. We will shoot 3 arrows, but will have to alternate our shots with our opponent. So the clock will start. Courtney will tell me to go and I will have 20 seconds to shoot my first arrow. As soon as I shoot that arrow, my opponents coach will say go, and that archer will shoot their first arrow. This will continue until we both have shot our 3 arrows. The archer scoring the most points will receive 2 points. If we tie, we will each receive 1 point. We will do the same thing again until someone reaches 6 points. What I discovered that I need the most work on is loading my bow fast enough so I’m ready as soon as my opponent has shot the arrow. Mark shoots pretty fast, so I was having a hard time loading my bow fast enough. Most of the time, my 20 seconds would begin before I was ready and I’d wind up with 10 seconds to actually shoot my shot. I’m so glad I was able to practice this and discovered what I need to work on in plenty of time to get comfortable with it.


Tomorrow we’re going to go back to Donaueschingen to look around some more and to have some good coffee and sweets!


I have to make a quick mention about the water here. They give us bottled water. It’s mineral water and really doesn’t taste very good at all. It’s getting harder and harder to drink. It leaves a weird texture in your mouth and really doesn’t seem very thirst quenching at all. Tomorrow we’re going to try to find some lemon juice that we can squirt into it to make it more enjoyable.


Courtney wanted to go down to the restaurant to post this and get some ice-cream, but he’s asleep, so I’m not sure that will happen. I may have to post tomorrow morning.















About Janice Walth

My first blog, See No Limits, discusses why I enjoy competing in the sport of archery as a person who is blind. I hope other people who are blind will realize that archery is a legitimate sport for them and that they can do it as a hobbie as well as competitively. I share my experiences and hope you or someone you might know will want to give it a try. My second blog, Guide Dog Musings, talks about my life working with a guide dog partner. I want people to know how special the bond is between a person who is blind and their dog guide. I hope you'll want to encourage your family and friends to either donate to this wonderful nonprofit organization, volunteer to raise a puppy that can go on to become a guide, or decide to apply for a guide dog yourself.
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2 Responses to Supporting the Team and Practicing Head-to-Head Shooting

  1. jmunitt says:

    You are too much. Love your messages. Mom

  2. Cindy Bauer says:

    Janice ask for still wasser, this is more like our bottled water. Good luck Sunday!

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