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Avon View archer recounts summer spent competing in Africa


WINDSOR — Hunter Pemberton is still in awe over her summertime archery experience.

The Avon View High School student was the only Nova Scotian selected for the 2016 Canadian NASP All-Star Team and travelled to Africa in July for a three-week archery competition.

She said she learned a lot while abroad.

“When I was down there I got to ride an elephant and experience shooting with other people, making friendships, learning new things about what they do down there and learning about the places that I went to,” said Pemberton.

She said she received coaching on her stance, plus experienced several different techniques.

“Before I left, I had a very bad lean when I drew my bow back and then the coach from Alberta, he told me not to lean so much, because that's why my arrows were going bad,” said Pemberton.

The Bramber resident said she's not overly pleased with her scores while on the trip but said the experience was certainly worthwhile.

“I didn't do too bad. I could have shot better, but I think, like my coach said, when I'm not home, when I'm in a different place, with a bunch of people watching, I get target anxiety,” said Pemberton.

“I shot three times before I went, because that's what the coach wanted me to do because that's what I'd be doing there,” said Pemberton, noting she shot a 283 before leaving. While at the competition, she shot a 269.

“At the end, we had a big ceremony and they would name off who won third, first, and second in the categories like the 3D shoot and the bullseye shoot, so for the first time ever Canada came home with two bronze medals. So I came home with two bronze medals,” said Pemberton.

The second week they were in South Africa, Pemberton said they went to Cape Town and had a fun shoot at their school.

“I came back with a plaque that says runner-up and the South Africa team, they beat us, so they got a winner plaque, but it's made out of glass and it's sandblasted so that was really nice to have.”

She said her biggest highlight from the trip was making friends with people from another continent.

The Grade 12 student is busy training and honing her skills with local coach Greg Wile. She's hoping to continue to improve in the sport.

“I'm hoping to do way better than I did in the all-stars and what I shot before I went out there, but it's really just about the experience and having fun with learning something new in a new sport,” she said.

The Avon View High School student was the only Nova Scotian selected for the 2016 Canadian NASP All-Star Team and travelled to Africa in July for a three-week archery competition.

She said she learned a lot while abroad.

“When I was down there I got to ride an elephant and experience shooting with other people, making friendships, learning new things about what they do down there and learning about the places that I went to,” said Pemberton.

She said she received coaching on her stance, plus experienced several different techniques.

“Before I left, I had a very bad lean when I drew my bow back and then the coach from Alberta, he told me not to lean so much, because that's why my arrows were going bad,” said Pemberton.

The Bramber resident said she's not overly pleased with her scores while on the trip but said the experience was certainly worthwhile.

“I didn't do too bad. I could have shot better, but I think, like my coach said, when I'm not home, when I'm in a different place, with a bunch of people watching, I get target anxiety,” said Pemberton.

“I shot three times before I went, because that's what the coach wanted me to do because that's what I'd be doing there,” said Pemberton, noting she shot a 283 before leaving. While at the competition, she shot a 269.

“At the end, we had a big ceremony and they would name off who won third, first, and second in the categories like the 3D shoot and the bullseye shoot, so for the first time ever Canada came home with two bronze medals. So I came home with two bronze medals,” said Pemberton.

The second week they were in South Africa, Pemberton said they went to Cape Town and had a fun shoot at their school.

“I came back with a plaque that says runner-up and the South Africa team, they beat us, so they got a winner plaque, but it's made out of glass and it's sandblasted so that was really nice to have.”

She said her biggest highlight from the trip was making friends with people from another continent.

The Grade 12 student is busy training and honing her skills with local coach Greg Wile. She's hoping to continue to improve in the sport.

“I'm hoping to do way better than I did in the all-stars and what I shot before I went out there, but it's really just about the experience and having fun with learning something new in a new sport,” she said.

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