ARCHERY IS A LIFESTYLE
I started shooting archery at the age of six in Elma, New York a small town outside of Buffalo. From the first shot I was hooked. Initially it was a hobby, a leisure sport, a pastime but slowly Archery developed into a Lifestyle.
Early on in my archery life I shot compound, developing skills that were pivitoal when a discipline change came in 2003 to recurve. It just seemed to fit me better with immediate successes at the Empire State Games which ignited a desire to become an Olympian. I wanted to represent my country at the Olympic Games. That dream came true in 2012 when I secured my spot to compete at the London Olympic Games. When that Silver Medal that Brady Ellison, Jacob Wukie and myself eventually won was placed around my neck I had one word “WOW.” The heavy mass of it was a direct reflection of the sacrifices and the literal blood, sweat and tears that were shed not only myself but all of the people who supported me.
Archery is what my wife Amanda and I do, she coaches and I shoot. Currently we live just outside of Gainesville, Florida where she coaches archery at the Newberry Easton Sports Development Foundation. When I’m not traveling to tournaments around the world I am working with my sponsors to develop new equipment.