Bill Kelly has been selected as 2012
Sunshine State Games Male Athlete of the year by the Florida
Sports Foundation. He is an outstanding archer who
shoots both Freestyle and Olympic Recurve (Freestyle Limited
Recurve) events. Bill has been an active competitor
since he was 15 years old.
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May 30, 2013
Contact: Nick Gandy (850) 488-1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunshine State Games Archer and Artistic Roller-skater selected as Athletes of the Year
TALLAHASSEE - The 2012 Sunshine State Games Athletes of the Year come from sports featuring precision and accuracy and style and grace.
The precision and accuracy was displayed by archer Bill Kelly and the style and grace was show by artistic roller-skater Jessicah O’Rourke.
Lakeland’s Bill Kelly posted two of the highest scores of the 2012 Archery competition at the Easton Newberry Complex. He shot a record-setting 1389 in the Adult Male Compound Release and an 889 in the Adult Male Freestyle event. While Kelly topped the second place finisher by 30 points in the Compound Release event, it took a tiebreaker to defeat Robert Turner, of Newberry, by four points in the Freestyle event.
Since 2009, Kelly has won seven gold medals in the two events. His average score in the Compound Release is 1362 over those four years and his Freestyle average score is 886.
Earlier this year, Kelly finished first in the Adult Male Olympic Recurve competition at the National Field Archery Association National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to competing in the 2013 Sunshine State Games at the Alachua County Festival, June 7-9, Kelly will spend the previous two weekends in Gainesville for archery events. He is shooting at the Gator Cup, one of five events to select the eight-member USA Archery team. He is shooting in the event as practice in an effort to earn a spot on the 2014 USA Team
When not on the archery range, Kelly works in the accounting department at the Publix corporate offices in Lakeland. He will be presented the award on Sunday, June 9 at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex at the Sunshine State Games Archery competition.
Yankton, South Dakota, November 2007. The National Field Archery Association (NFAA) and Easton Sports Development Foundation (ESDF) have teamed up with the City & County of Yankton to create a Regional Archery Center of Excellence in Yankton, South Dakota. The Center will be built on 40 acres of land donated to the NFAA by the City & County of Yankton, and include a 13,000 square foot building to house the NFAA national office, a museum, and an indoor archery range. The Center and surrounding City property will include five permanent outdoor field o! r 3-D archery ranges, youth shooting and bowhunting practice areas, plus an Olympic archery training and competition field.
Cull, President of the National Field Archery
Association, said, “The incredible land donation
and financial incentives we received from the City
and County of Yankton, plus additional support
from the Governor’s Office made it a very easy
decision for the NFAA to move our National
Headquarters to South Dakota. Their support
plus major funding from the Easton Sports
Development Foundation allows us to expand from
our preliminary relocation plan, and become an ESDF Regional Archery
Erik Watts, CEO of Easton-Hoyt stated, “The Easton Sports Development Foundation, has been funded for the past 25 years by Easton, and has donated over three million dollars to support youth archery programs. We were very impressed by the joint effort and outstanding cooperation between the NFAA and the City of Yankton, and pleased that our contribution to the NFAA Foundation allowed them to include an Olympic style archery focus and become a Regional Archery Center of Excellence. The primary purpose of the ESDF is to develop a competitive Olympic archery program that helps young archers improve their skills as they progress through NASP, JOAD, middle school, high school, and college archery programs, and on to National Olympic team training.”
Curt Bernard, Yankton City Mayor said, “This is a great opportunity to bring Archery, related businesses, athletes, visitors and positive National attention to our community. It will be a real asset to the University of South Dakota, Mount Marty College and many local and regional schools. Clearly the investment by the Easton Foundation is a huge step forward in creating World Class Olympic Archers through a state of the art training facility. Many thanks to the Easton Foundation Board for their vision and assistance with this Project. NFAA President Bruce Cull and the NFAA Board have been a key driving force in this Project. Through their knowledge, pro-active thinking and industry relations, this Project has become a reality. It is a great example of a strong public-private partnership. Support from the City, County, Yankton Area Progressive Growth, Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce and the Governors Office of Economic Development has been outstanding and thanks to all of them. The citizens of Yankton welcome & thank the NFAA, the Easton Foundation and all who are helping with this exemplary Project.”
“This is great news for Yankton and for all of South Dakota,” said Governor Mike Rounds. “Hosting world-class event in Yankton will have a significant impact not only on the economy, but on our ability to promote our state. The establishment of the Archery Center of Excellence will give us national exposure both for outdoor recreational opportunities, as well as help us attract businesses that support the industry.”
The Archery Center will focus on supporting community, interscholastic and college archery programs, South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks, Nebraska Game & Parks bowhunter & hunter education, Scout camp support, and to provide a central location for regional collegiate and target archery competition. Yankton hosted the NFAA National Field and 3-D Championships in the past, and the Center will serve as an ideal facility for future local, state, regional, national and international competitions. Strong community support, outstanding facilities, and convenient competitor access from all over the country, makes Yankton the ideal location to host other organizations’ archery competitions in the future.
For further information contact: Bruce Cull, President of National Field Archery Association Foundation at 605-665-8340 or write to 2305 E. Hwy 50, Yankton, South Dakota 57078; or Erik Watts, Director of Easton Sports Development Foundation at 801-539-1400, or write to 5040 Harold Gatty Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116.
James Madison’s student body of 17,000 is 61 percent female, and one provision for complying with Title IX instructs institutions to have the percentage of participating athletes match the ratio of men to women on campus. At James Madison, the elimination of seven men’s sports (swimming, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, gymnastics, wrestling and archery) and three women’s sports (gymnastics, fencing and archery) will boost the proportion of female athletes to 61 percent from about 50 percent.
When the cuts take effect in July, James Madison will be left with 12 women’s sports and 6 men’s sports, the minimum required to participate in N.C.A.A. Division I competition. Three full-time coaches and eight part-time coaches will lose their jobs, and 144 athletes will be without a varsity team.
Officials conceded that the three women’s sports eliminated might not be termed exclusively Title IX cuts. Rose said that fencing had struggled with a dwindling roster, that archery was a niche sport that might be better suited as a club team, and that gymnastics was not a conference sport and had few nearby rivals for competition.
Just a "heads-up" on an event we will be conducting the week of the Florida/Georgia game. Our agency is working with Florida's Department of Education to offer the National Archery in the Schools program to grades 4-12 all over the state. We have provided grants packages worth thousands of dollars and educator training to public schools in an effort to bring target-style archery to their physical education programs. You can read more about the program at http://www.nasparchery.com/activea.asp. We have over 60 schools, mostly middle schools, offering the program to every student for two weeks in their PE cirriculum. On Thursday, October 26, Mayport Middle School will send a team of archers to Metro Park to compete against a middle school team from south Georgia. We will be searching for booster clubs to help with trophies and a bar-b-que for the participants, and will be seeking publicity for the program in both states. Georgia booster clubs are being contacted as well. If you can find a way to publicize our tournament to supporters attending events in the area that day, we will be starting at 10:00 am, breaking for lunch around noon and then have the final competition shortly thereafter. It's all in good fun, and will demonstrate that archery is a safe, enjoyable sport and that almost all children can participate, even if they are not athletically inclined. If I can provide further information, or if you have any ideas on how to fund trophies and food for our event, I would look forward to hearing from you, thanks. Yours in safety,
announces Polk County to Host 2007-08 Sunshine State Games
~Thousands of athletes and their families travel to participate in the annual sports competition~
TALLAHASSEE - Governor Jeb Bush today announced Florida’s Olympic-style Sports Festival, the Sunshine State Games, will return to Polk County, “Destination of Champions,” for the 2007 and 2008 Summer Games. The Florida Sports Foundation and Polk County Sports Marketing will present the annual event for Florida’s finest amateur athletes. Thousands of athletes and their families travel to participate in the annual sports competition, making the Sunshine State Games an economic boon for the communities that host them.
"The Sunshine State Games provide an ideal opportunity for Florida's amateur athletes to participate in a wide array of sports while promoting sportsmanship, fitness, and the spirit of competition," said Governor Bush. "The Games also afford our talented amateur athletes of all ages an arena to refine their athletic talents prior to national and international competitions while making new friends in the process."
The Sunshine State Games are part of the National Congress of State Games that boasts competition in 32 state games throughout the nation. Polk County hosted the Sunshine State Games competition from 2000-2003. Polk County Sports Marketing also worked with the FSF to present the 2001 and 2002 Florida Senior Games State Championships in Lakeland and surrounding communities.
Polk County’s Lakeland Center, anchored by the 10,000 seat Jenkins Arena and 100,000 square feet of sports venue space, will serve as the major hub of the 2007 and 2008 Sunshine State Games. Other facilities planned for use in the area include Joker Marchant Stadium and Tigertown, the Auburndale Softball Complex, Florida Southern College, Webber College and Polk Community College. The Lakeland Center will be home to the Games’ headquarters, athlete check-in and will have an interactive games area for athletes, their families and spectators.
"Polk County is proud to bring this tremendous event back to our community and not only showcase our first class venues, but host Florida’s finest athletes in our area,” said Mark Jackson, Polk County Director of Tourism and Sports Marketing. “The Sunshine State Games is a premiere event in the state of Florida and we are honored to be selected as the host for the next two years. We are committed to providing the coaches, athletes and their families a first-class experience.”
Some of the more recognizable athletes from Florida who have made their way to Olympic competition through the Sunshine State Games include boxing champions Roy Jones, Jr. and Antonio Tarver, Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte, Nicole Haislett, Nancy Hogshead, and Brooke Bennett and track & field record holder Justin Gatlin.
State Games sites include:
1987 St. Petersburg/Clearwater
1992 West Palm Beach
1997-98 Kissimmee/St. Cloud
2000 Lakeland (spring); Gainesville (summer)
2001 Lakeland (spring); Orlando (summer)
2002 Lakeland (spring); Palm Beach County (summer)
2003 Lakeland (spring); Tampa Bay area (summer)
2005 Broward County
2006 Miami-Dade County
2007-08 Polk County
This year’s Summer Games will be held June 15-18 in Miami Dade County with approximately 6,000 athletes competing in 25 sports. Other single sport festivals are held throughout the summer such as the Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships, Inline Hockey Championships, Sport Shooting Championships and Slow Pitch Softball Championships.
Overseen by the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development, the Florida Sports Foundation was founded in 1992 as the state's lead organization in promoting and developing both amateur and professional sports. For more information about the Florida Sports
Foundation and the Sunshine State Games, please visit www.flasports.com or call (850) 488-8347.
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Here is some information about the hunter safety program's participation in the National Archery in the Schools Program.
Steven R. Robbins,
Regional Hunter Safety Coordinator
FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Division of Hunting and Game Management
Hunter Safety & Ranges Section, North Central Region
3377 East U. S. Highway 90 Lake City, FL 32055
386 758-0525 Steven.Robbins@MyFWC.com
Visit us on the web at MyFWC.com
This is a reminder of changes that have been made last year and this year -- For verification, view Appendix 5, Page 103 of the NFAA rule book.
The 18 yard cub stake is on the target that is Adult 40 yards for Field, Hunter, and International rounds.
Cubs shoot 30 yards on the target that is Adult 80W yard Field and 70W yard hunter.
Cubs shoot 30 yards on the target that is Adult 65 yards Field & International and 64W Hunter.
Cubs shoot 25 yards only on the target that is Adult 60 yard Field & International and 58W Hunter.
Cubs shoot 15 yards only on the target that is Adult 35F Field (50cm face), 35 International (50cm face), and 32F (35cm face) Hunter.
YOUTH CHANGES FOR INTERNATIONAL ROUND EFFECTIVE 1 JUNE! The Youth Stake for International Round is 40 yards at Adult 55 yards, 45 yards at Adult 60 yards, and 50 yards at Adult 65 yards. This is the same as the Youth staking for the Field Round.
Please insure that your Field Ranges are properly staked for youth shooters.
South Korean archers have been banned from competing in the world championships after pulling out of a gruelling training regime.
The archers were asked to stare at corpses in a cemetery, clean up city sewage and climb a mountain with a rubber dinghy on their backs.
The programme was designed to toughen them up for the World Outdoor Archery Championships that begin on September 15 in Beijing.
But the nation's top four male archers, all Olympic medalists, said the training was too intense and they pulled out after one day.
The Korea Archery Association has now banned them from the tournament in China, and from running for the national team for up to five years.
South Korea has won 11 gold, six silver and four bronze Olympic medals in archery since first competing in Los Angeles in 1984.
Since 1988, South Korean archers have trained by handling snakes, meditating at a Buddhist temple and walking through a haunted house full of actors in ghoulish outfits. They have also endured physical tests at a Marine Corps base and other military camps.
"This training has contributed to South Korean archers' performance by helping them control themselves and work under pressure," said Kim Il-chi, vice chairman of the private archery association.
One of the archers, Kim Bo-Ram, said: "This year, we were all a bit overwhelmed by the intensity of the training and we really couldn't afford even a small injury just a month before the championships. It's a bit late to regret it, but we really did not expect to be replaced."
The other three archers, Jang Yong-ho, Kim Chung-tae and Chang Jae-hun, have declined to comment.
Story filed: 12:00 Thursday 23rd August 2001
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