Archer Remy Leonard soars solo in Vegas

Woodenbong's young world-travelling archer, Remy Leonard, has recently returned from a trip to one of the biggest shoots on the world archery calendar - the Vegas Shoot - which offers a prize pool of more than $400,000 and almost 3500 competitors.

Not even jetlag can put Woodenbong internaitonal archer Remy Leonard off target.

Not even jetlag can put Woodenbong internaitonal archer Remy Leonard off target.

His first official solo flight saw Remy flying to Atlanta to spend some time with his coach, George Ryals IV. Before jetting off  to Las Vegas with Mr Ryals and his group of young talented archers, known as Hornets, Remy had the chance to shoot in Mr Ryals' weekly league shoot.

As Mr Ryals put it, "we just picked him up from his flight from Australia and he shoots a 300".

We just picked him up from his flight from Australia and he shoots a 300. - US archery coach George Ryals IV

 Remy ended up fourth that night after his mammoth flight.

After flying in to Vegas, Remy and his fellow Hornets settled into their rooms before heading for some official practice the following day. Then the rounds began.

After the first day of shooting, Remy was sitting in 15th position and by the end of the third day he had finished 12th out of 62 shooters from around the world (mostly USA) in the Young Adult Championship division.

Along with seeing the Vegas Strip and meeting new archers and fellow Hornets, it was not a bad finish for his first Vegas Shoot.

Remy has also recently received two phone calls from Archery Australia asking him to shoot at one World Cup in Turkey and a second in Salt Lake City in June because he is ranked so highly in Australia.

Due to a number of reasons Remy had to decline the event in Turkey but he and his family are trying all they can to get him to the shoot in Salt Lake City to shoot with some of the biggest names in Australian and professional archery.

Any and all financial support is always greatly appreciated. Woodenbong Progress Association has again asked Remy and his family to run the barbecue  at the upcoming trailbike weekend event on May 14/15. Come along to support Remy and help him get to Salt Lake.

Coming up in a couple of weeks Remy and his sister, Tabitha, will be competing at the National Youth Championships being held near Melbourne.

The Leonard family are racking up a lot of travel miles, after Remy competed in the IBO World Championships late last year, also in the US at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania.

That was after a great showing at the Australian National Indoor Archery Championships where he won the Open division and came second in the Cadet while also winning the state title in both divisions.

He was also a part of a junior team and an open team, both of which took out first place.

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