We all find archery in our own way, sometimes through movies, our peers, club activities or sheer happenstance. We can also discover archery in more unique ways. For instance, some people find archery when needing strength to make it through the day.
Haleigh Legg, age 9, heads to the H&H Archery Range in Oklahoma on Saturdays. She’s an accomplished archer in her home state, having shot in 21 competitions already this year. She is a state champion in field and target competition, took fifth at the Southern sectionals, and won four gold and two silver medals at the Sooner State Games.
Haleigh also used her archery skills to give her life a new start. A tornado struck Plaza Towers Elementary School in May 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma, leaving Haleigh with partial hearing in one ear. Although the hearing loss causes her hardships, it isn’t nearly as tragic as the loss her family endured that day. Haleigh’s older brother, Christopher, was one of seven children killed that day at Plaza Towers.
The loss created a void Haleigh needed to fill. She needed a fun, mind-challenging experience to help. Her coach, “Big Sid” Sidney Reed, said: “We kind of ‘incorporated her’ to give her some confidence. She was an instant success.”
Archery also helped remedy her loneliness. “Sometimes it’s a stress reliever, and sometimes it’s just flat out fun,” Haleigh said.
We can take such words to heart when shooting a bow. Haleigh attended The Vegas Shoot, the world’s largest Indoor competition, in late January. She didn’t get there on her own, however. Someone in her archery club started a “gofundme.com” page to help send Haleigh and her mother to the event. Haleigh competed in the Freestyle Cub Female division, and ranked well in the large field.
Haleigh Legg is proof that hard work and a good attitude can take archers far. It can also keep your life on course when you suffer serious pain, and help maintain positive energy for yourself and those around you.
Ready for a dose of that positive energy? Your local archery shop can help. Your next big adventure is just one arrow away.