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.