Behind the Scenes at International
Archery Tournaments: 9 Top
Archers Behind the Scenes at International Archery Tournaments: 9 Top Archers

Archery 360 asked what else archers do at international archery tournaments – besides shooting their bows and winning medals. Here, nine top archers describe what they do during free time, talk about their favorite travel destinations and memories, and reveal their archery tournament travel must-haves.

Bridger Deaton, Iowa: World Cup Final Champion

20-year-old Deaton, who competed in and won gold at the 2014 Archery World Cup in Lausanne, Switzerland – his first World Cup – gives a birds-eye view of his tournament experience thanks to a GoPro camera and footage edited by World Archery.

 

John Stubbs, England: compound, Paralympic Champion

international archery tournament John Stubbs

“I socialize with my fellow archers since tournaments are often the only opportunity we get to have a proper chat,” says John Stubbs. Photo: John Stubbs

What do you do during free time at international tournaments?

If time allows, I always like to check out the local culture, see the sights and sample the cuisine. I socialize with my fellow archers since tournaments are often the only opportunity we get to have a proper chat.

Where is your favorite place to travel for an international event, and why?

It’s difficult to choose just one place, so I’d say America for the weather, Italy for the food, New Zealand for the breathtaking scenery and China for the diversity of culture.

What’s your favorite memory from representing your team internationally?

I have so many great memories, but one that stands out is the first time I went to the Arizona Cup. Having killer bees flying over our heads, seeing Monument Valley, Sedona and all the vistas I’d seen in Hollywood westerns, and shooting in what is – for all intents and purposes – a dessert with cacti and snakes was just so surreal!

Besides your archery equipment, what are your “must haves” for international travel?

Sunglasses! I never shoot without them. I damaged my eyes when I was a fabrication engineer and regularly worked in close proximity with welders, so my eyes have become very sensitive to sunlight. I also always bring a wheelchair repair kit because if my wheelchair breaks, I won’t be able to move about, let alone compete.

LaNola Pritchard, California: recurve, athlete at U.S. Olympic Training Center

international archery tournament LaNola Pritchard

LaNola Pritchard enjoys meeting and competing with top archers from around the world. Photo: LaNola Pritchard

What do you do during free time at international tournaments?

My favorite thing to do with my free time at international tournaments is mostly just to relax, go online to chat with my family since they are not there and, when given the opportunity, to walk around the nearest stores and see the different cultures.

Where is your favorite place to travel for an international event, and why?

My favorite places to travel so far for an international tournament would be Australia or France. I had a blast, both with the competitors and with my teammates.

What’s your favorite memory from representing your team internationally?

My favorite memory of representing to team overseas is probably just meeting new people. When we represent the U.S. we are the best the country has to offer, and when we compete with other women I know that they are also the top archers in their country.

Besides your archery equipment, what are your “must haves” for international travel?

My main must have when traveling is a book because I read a lot, and my iPad, to help connect with my family. I also have my normal tournament snack, fruit snacks.

Alejandra Valencia, Mexico: recurve, Olympian, two-time Pan American Games gold medalist

What do you do during free time at international tournaments?

I just rest in my room or read books.

Where is your favorite place to travel for an international event, and why?

I liked Colombia’s World Cup because everybody speaks Spanish there!

What’s your favorite memory from representing your team internationally?

When we encountered another Mexican people and they told us that they were proud of us, that was really touching to me because I was far from home and still found people who knew us and that encouraged us.

Besides your archery equipment, what are your “must haves” for international travel?

Cordovan. I always use it to protect my fingers and always have it in my backpack.

Sjef van den Berg, Netherlands: recurve, Dutch National Archery Team member

What do you do during free time at international tournaments?

I take the rest I need and socialize with other teammates. If we have enough time, we normally take a look at the city we’re in.

Where is your favorite place to travel for an international event, and why?

My favorite place to travel must be Las Vegas. I went once for the 2012 Indoor World Championships and had an amazing time.

What’s your favorite memory from representing your team internationally?

I think the best feeling in my career is still winning with a team effort. I can’t pick just one though!

Besides your archery equipment, what are your “must haves” for international travel?

I always take a good book with me. It relaxes me and reminds me of home.

Paige Pearce, California: compound, World Champion

Where is your favorite place to travel for an international event, and why?

My two favorite places I have been shooting archery were Turkey and Costa Rica. Our resort in Turkey was amazing. Costa Rica was beautiful and we got to go out and explore and see some of the cool sights Costa Rica had to offer. I also got to see my good friend Josh Binger propose to his fiancé Brittany Lorenti.

What’s your favorite memory from representing your team internationally?

I will never forget winning the Junior World Championships at age 14. I still remember the whole team cheering me on as I shot every arrow and it really reminds me of what it means to be part of Team USA. I have been lucky enough to experience so many amazing things as part of this team. It’s an honor and a privilege that should never be taken for granted.

Besides your archery equipment, what are your “must haves” for international travel?

Hands-down the most important thing you can take with you is food. I usually travel with a minimum of 30 pounds of food, and my room is always known as the snack room. Basic medicine such as Imodium is a must. Food and water in other countries doesn’t always sit well with you and both of those things ensure you will still be able to perform on the field and feel good while doing it.

PJ Deloche, France: compound, ranked No. 1 men’s compound archer in the world

international archery tournament PJ Deloche

PJ Deloche said his favorite archery travel destination is Belek,Turkey, where his team earned the bronze medal in rough weather conditions. Photo: PJ Deloche

What do you do during free time at international tournaments?

If I can, I’m going to the city to take some pictures and find some things to bring back home. If not, I’m writing, resting and waiting for the shooting.

Where is your favorite place to travel for an international event, and why?

Shanghai [China] and Wroclaw [Poland]. Both are good places for archery. The competition in Shanghai is in a stadium, so we are protected from the wind. Wroclaw is not a place where we are expecting a tornado like in Turkey last year, and I won two World Cup stages there.

What’s your favorite memory from representing your team internationally?

I think that it’s Belek [Turkey], not for the results due to the strong wind, but because our team earned the bronze medal in such rough conditions. My other favorite is traveling to the World Cup in Paris, because it’s a beautiful place!

Besides your archery equipment, what are your “must haves” for international travel?

My iPad and headphones, my pen, my book. I can pass time listening good music and writing.

Marcella Tonioli, Italy: compound, World Cup and World Championships gold medalist

international archery tournament Marcella Tonioli

When she travels for archery tournaments, Marcella Tonioli loves to visit the city with her teammates. Photo: Marcella Tonioli

What do you do during free time at international tournaments?

I like to visit the city, buy local gadgets, or drink something with my teammates and play some games with them.

Where is your favorite place to travel for an international event, and why?

My favorite place to travel is Antalya. It’s a beautiful place with good food, and it’s not very far from Italy.

What’s your favorite memory from representing your team internationally?

Maybe it was my first trip for the European Indoor Championships in Cambrils, Spain, in 2011. It was my first time wearing my Italian uniform, and the first time I won medals.

Besides your archery equipment, what are your “must haves” for international travel?

I can’t travel without my plush turtles. When I have them, it’s like having my family and my best friends traveling with me, and I feel at home.

Sara Lopez, Colombia: compound, ranked No. 1 women’s compound archer in the world

international archery tournament Sara Lopez

Sara Lopez said she loves each travel destination, but her favorite is Turkey. Photo: Easton

What do you do during free time at international tournaments?

I like to go out with my teammates to see the city or go to the malls and go for a walk. I also like to eat pizza together. Sometimes I just stay in my room with Alejandra [Usquiano] and we listen music and rest.

Where is your favorite place to travel for an international event, and why?

I love each city and country, but my favorite is Turkey because it’s such an amazing place.

What’s your favorite memory from representing your team internationally?

My favorite memory is from the last time I won in Lausanne. It was a nice venue and was great to see all the people cheering for me.

Besides your archery equipment, what are your “must haves” for international travel?

I must have my iPad. I have more than 30 medicine books on iBooks and I have to keep reading all the time.

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