Sheffield archer headed to World Championships in Italy

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On Sept. 4-9, Savannah Vanderwier will compete at the World Field Archery Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Vanderwier, an 18-year-old from Sheffield, Texas is one of three girls to qualify to attend the World Championship by placing second at the National Championship in Darington, Wash. in June.


She was scored and judged on 72 arrows across two courses. “After everyone competes, the top eight qualify to another round,” Vanderwier said. “Then the top four of the eight qualify to another round, and they top three out of four qualify to the World Championship. I placed second behind Sophia Strachan from Maryland and above Cassidy Cox from New Mexico.” Vanderwier began competing in archery at age 10 through her local 4-H club, but has been shooting on a larger competitive scale on her own for the past four years. This will be her second time to compete in the field archery championships, as she competed in Dublin, Ireland two years ago. She placed silver to her team mate, Sophia Strachan. Last year, she her team broke a world record at the World Target Archery Championship in Argentina, where she placed second again. “Field archery is the ‘smart man’s game’ compared to target archery,” Vanderwier said. “In field archery, you have to shoot at different angles and the different lighting can be really difficult.”


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