From Olympia to Dallas

Kevin Key, Contributing Writer

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In 2014, the University of Dallas welcomed Angela Moore who had, at the time, over a year of experience in shooting archery with the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program. Another archer, Abigail Wade, joined the university this fall. After taking up archery at the age of 11, Wade has been shooting with JOAD for four years.

These two students with a unique hobby both have the dream of one day shooting for the United States Archery team in the Olympics. Wade will be trying out for the USA Olympic team this Saturday, Oct. 5 at Texas A&M in College Station, and Moore herself has thought of training for the Olympics. Hoping to bring Olympia to UD in their own unique way, Wade and Moore wish to share their experience and training with their fellow classmates.

Both Moore and Wade came to UD for the same reasons that many students do: for the strong Catholic identity, the liberal arts Core and the Rome program. The two archers are both science majors, and appreciate UD’s successful science department. Moore hopes to become a large animal veterinarian, and Wade would like to study physical therapy. On a one to five scale, both girls are ranked as level two archers. This means that they can teach archery, run a range and certify level one archers; only members of the USA Archery team can become level five archers. With these skills, each girl has unique, but related goals. Wade is advancing on the Olympic path, and Moore would like to form an archery club for UD. Wade has been training with the U.S. No. 1 ranked female archer, Khatuna Lorig, since the summer of 2014 and is still part of JOAD, which she said is “a gateway to opportunities. It trains anyone for the path to a higher level of competition.”

During her freshman year, Moore worked to form an archery club at UD. Unfortunately, despite her own capabilities, Moore was unable to start the club due to the cost of appropriate equipment. Both athletes noted how expensive archery can be, but Moore and Wade do not want the cost of the sport to deter potential participants. After last year, Moore found a lot of interest in an archery club and hopes that, by working with a possible future Olympian, she will be able to build on her efforts from last year. Both archers noted the similarities between being an archer and a student, especially at UD.

“Archery requires a lot of mental discipline and less physical discipline,” Moore observed. “Archery’s mentality is very similar to that needed at UD, and practicing for archery is good training for school.”

Hopefully the rest of UD will also find this to be true and provide more support for these independent student athletes who want to share a bit of Olympia with Dallas.

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