In honor of Valentine’s Day, Archery 360 asked Facebook followers to share their archery love stories. Responses included traditional stories of dates, proposals, anniversaries and love at first sight. And let’s not forget the genuine love for the sport itself. Regardless of the story line, these beaus and bows have one thing in common: Cupid’s arrows are on their side.
Archery is a worldwide friendship.
Steve Anderson and Linda Ochoa can attest to that. The USA and Mexico compound archers, respectively, met at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.
“Archery allows us to compete around the world together,” Linda said. “It’s our way of seeing the world while we’re young. Everybody wants to see the world, and we get to do it together while competing and working toward our competitive goals.”
From their first meeting at a tournament to their engagement, archery has played a major role in the couple’s relationship.
“Our engagement day was incredible,” Linda said. “We were in San Diego for the SoCal Showdown in June 2013. When the tournament was over, we dressed up for a fancy dinner and went to the beach to walk and watch the sunset. After a perfect talk, Steve proposed right there on the beach.”
The two married this past January. Read more about their archery love story here.
Archery is a physical and mental release.
Leigh Walmsley is a Paralympic archer. She said in an interview with the English Federation of Disability Sport that she wanted a low-impact, social sport to relieve her rheumatoid arthritis and the mental pressure of her divorce.
Her memory of trying archery as a Girl Scout spurred her to attend her first archery taster event in 2006. Fast forward six years, and she represented Great Britain in the London 2012 Paralympics.
Walmsley uses her #LoveArchery story to inspire others with disabilities, especially women. She actively supports the UK’s #ThisGirlCan campaign.
EDFS writes: “Leigh Walmsley is adamant about the potential of sports and physical exercise to improve the lives of disabled people. And she hopes #ThisGirlCan will inspire more women to get active.”
“Just do it,” Walmsley says. “It’s so much fun, and you will find the sport for you. If you try one and you don’t like it, don’t quit. Everything can be adapted to suit your disability needs.”
Read the full story from the English Federation of Disability Sport here.
Walmsley isn’t the only one who loves archery for its mind-clearing abilities. With your eyes on the target, background noise and life’s day-to-day rigors disappear.
For all of these reasons.
Archery is more than a sport…it’s a passion. It’s a family, a team, a competition, a first date. And in some special instances, it’s a lifelong commitment. It’s the time of day when you can relax, and focus on a singular goal. “My favourite hour of the day… when the wind dies and the field is all mine…#LoveArchery,” tweeted Malcolm Rees, who reminded us that time behind the bow helps almost everything to feel better. We love archery for all of these reasons, and more!