West Seattle’s ‘Archer Addy’ #1 in state, #4 in nation, 9 years old

A local student has taken aim at archery fame – and seems to be right on target, in a big way. Her family shares this report and the accompanying photos:

West Seattle 9-year-old and Schmitz Park Elementary student Addison “Archer Addy” Nachtrieb placed 4th in the Nation at the US National Field Archery Championships, just two weeks after taking 1st in the State Target Archery Championships while setting a new state scoring record that hasn’t been broken since 2001!

Addy rose at 6 am every morning during the National Championships to practice for 45 minutes, then competed for 27 hours over 5 days, and shot 682 arrows through miles of hills in 80-degree weather in the hills just outside of Darrington, Washington. More than 350 archers from around the country made the trek to the Washington Cascades to compete for the National Cup. After days of shooting in Addy’s first Field Nationals Competition, the finals pitted her against a group of 11 year olds, Serena from Iowa, ranked 9th in the world and 5th in the nation; Tara from Arizona, ranked 4th in the nation; and Brianne from Montana, a two-time indoor and outdoor National archery champion.

Addy shot aggresively and was very pleased with finishing 4th behind these girls, with only one year of shooting under her belt. But an amazing year it has been.

Next up for her is the WA State Junior Olympic Championships (this month).

Addy shoots Compound Bow in the female 9-12 year old division, is part of the Junior Olympic Archery Development program, and shoots for the NSA Select Archery Team based out of the Nock Point Archery Club, Mountlake Terrace, WA. She also interns as a beginning archery coach every Monday.

And of course, she has a Facebook page where you can follow her archery career.

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16 Replies to "West Seattle's 'Archer Addy' #1 in state, #4 in nation, 9 years old"

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    Heather August 4, 2013 (3:53 pm)

    Wow! Congratulations Addy! How awesome!!!

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    NeighborMom August 4, 2013 (4:26 pm)

    Pretty amazing achievement… Congrats, Addy!

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    Maggie August 4, 2013 (5:35 pm)

    What a great smile! Congrats, Addy!

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    Rhonda August 4, 2013 (7:05 pm)

    WAY TO GO ADDY! I am so proud of you!!!

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    MMB August 4, 2013 (8:07 pm)

    You GO Addy!

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    Thomas August 4, 2013 (8:12 pm)

    Awesome, congratulations!!

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    evergreen August 4, 2013 (8:12 pm)

    This is really inspiring to my 8yo son. You put in many hours of hard work to become a champion, and you are now a role model for other kids. Awesome!

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    sbre August 4, 2013 (8:15 pm)

    Addy~Can I have your autograph now, so when you become an Olympic Champion I won’t have to stand in line to get it then?!!!

    Great job young lady!!!

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    HC August 4, 2013 (9:17 pm)

    Congratulations Addy! I’ve always wanted to learn archery. Where does someone go to learn in our area?

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    Ryan Fleming August 4, 2013 (11:03 pm)

    Addy, I am a friend of your father from the AR days, as a competitor, CONGRATS, in such a short time you have accomplished so much. I look forward to following your journey, it should be a blast!

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    Dale August 5, 2013 (8:25 am)

    right on!

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    Elizagrace August 5, 2013 (8:48 am)

    Awesome skills! Congratulations!! You are an inspiration for how hard work and dedication can pay off big!

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    Shelly August 5, 2013 (1:04 pm)

    Way to go Addy. My daughter has been shooting since she was 4 and just go a new bow for her 6th b-day. She’ll be inspired by your story. She’s starting at Shmitz this year so we might need to start an archery club!

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    ArcherAddy August 5, 2013 (4:25 pm)

    Thank you everybody for the happy comments!!! I did lots of work my journal says 11, 346 arrows this year I shot. Its hard to shoot in the rain its cold I need to find a place inside to practice at home. I want to go to the Worlds next year I start practice for that next month but its a long time away. Part of my job on my team is to be a positive girl for other kids. I don’t know curseff very well so I can’t do an autograph yet. If you want to learn archery, I can teach you I help teach a adult beginning class at Next Step Archery at Nock Point. Can I meet the girl going to my school maybe I can be her reading buddy? We have these at school and we can read archery books. -Addy

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    kenzie August 15, 2013 (9:31 am)

    you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    kenzie August 15, 2013 (9:42 am)

    you are like my friend he does archery too

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