Following Remy Leonard pursuits, earlier this year Remy Leonard along with his sister, Tabitha, competed in the National Youth Archery Championships, a multi day event held in Morwell near Melbourne.
The first event was Clout which is shot over longer distance than usual and the target is a series of pegs laid out on the ground, followed by the Field Shoot which has the archers traipsing through the bush to shoot at a number of different sized circular targets where they both placed second for Silver medals, then ending with the Target Event where Remy took out the Gold medal and Tabitha placed third for their respective divisions.
The final event in the NYAC was a Short Range event, for Remy it was 50m and Tabitha, 30m. Remy took out first place and his second Gold for the week. Tabitha also had a good day with some stiff competition and a tied score but just came out on top after a count back for Xs for Gold.
That ended the official championships but Remy continued to shoot in the Team Matchplay placing 4th and Individual Matchplay where he only missed out by 5 points and took home the Silver medal.
All in all a successful week for the Leonard siblings.
In late June, Remy together with three other Australian archers headed to Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete in the third stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup.
The World Cup events are open events which means there are no youth divisions so Remy was shooting against some of the world's best male compound shooters, including world number one Stephan Hansen. Remy would be the youngest competitor in the men's open compound division. In the ranking round, Remy ranked 54 on the day.
The following day in the matches Remy won his first match defeating young Canadian archer, Tristan Moran, before heading into Round two against Frenchman, Fabien Delobelle, who was ranked 11. The older French archer won the match by three points, ending Remy's advancement in the individual competition but Remy still had the teams event to go.
Remy and two of his fellow Australians (teams have three archers) went into the Team Matches ranked 14 and were up against the Denmark team who were ranked 3.
The Denmark team contained one Stephan Hansen (previously mentioned) who shot in the gold medal match at this event, the Australian team defeated them putting the Aussies into the quarter final against the 11th ranked El Salvador team.
The Australians and the Salvadorans were neck and neck for the whole match which lead to a one arrow shoot off. Unfortunately this went to the team from El Salvador.
This event exposed Remy to a new level of competition, being his first international open event, and exposed some different archers to Remy's skill and dedication.
Remy would like to thank his parents and anyone who has helped with his continued world archery dreams. Further help for the future is always appreciated and gratefully accepted. Remy has a Gofundme page for those wishing to help out and is on Facebook and Instagram.
Article and Photo: Joyce Marsh. Woodenbong Correspondent.