Archery Championships Sees Largest Attendance in Louisville Yet
Posted on 24 March 2016
Folks took aim at a national title this weekend at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
This year, 1,925 archers took part in the National Field Archery Association's national championship.
It’s the largest national championship yet.
“It’s great to see everyone come together in a place like Louisville, which has been our home for the nationals for multiple years,” association president Bruce Cull said.
From little kids to seasoned adults, from amateurs to pros, the nearly 2,000 archers lined up to take their shot.
“You can’t really prepare for the nerves you feel at home,” said Jesse Broadwater, one of the top archers in the country.
“I’ve been shooting a bow since I was 6 years old.”
While he's won tournaments across the nation, the NFAA national championship in Louisville has always been a challenge.
“I’ve been close many a times, but just never got it done,” Broadwater said.
And while he's hoping to take home a championship bowl, this year there's something new for him to keep an eye on.
“My one daughter, she's 8 and she competed here this weekend,” Broadwater said.
Making this tournament a family affair.
“I actually got more nervous watching her than I got up here trying to do it myself,” he said.
Last year, a record 1,700 archers competed for chance at a national title on what's called the Three Star Tour.