World Field Championships 2014
By: Karissa Yamaguchi
The World FITA Field Championship was the experience of a lifetime. From practice day to the finals, I had so much fun meeting and getting to know people of all classes and countries.
I especially enjoyed our little adventures through the woods. My bale-mates and I faced steep angles, both up and down hill, and the natural distractions of wildlife. Time to time bugs or birds or stray bikers would pass in front of our sites (but no worries, no living things were harmed during this production). We also slid up and down muddy slopes and huddled under trees and umbrellas as the rains thundered above. I bonded with girls from other countries as we faced these challenges together all the while trying to represent our homes with the best shots. However, I think field archery fosters more fun than competition. Shooting almost felt like an after thought to visiting the beautiful venue. We strolled through fields of flowers and marveled at the lake teeming with turtles. But the best part of all was knowing how many new friends I had, of all ages and bow types, around the globe.
I am so grateful for all of the support from USA Archery Arizona, my home club Paseo Vista and all my friends and family. Logistically you made this all possible, but what I really appreciate is all the encouragement I received before, during and after the tournament. I dedicate my first World Team experience to all of you and, of course, my God.