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Targeting Goals: 12-year old archer has big aspirations

Athena Collins has some big dreams in the archery world (source: WMBF Sports) Athena Collins has some big dreams in the archery world (source: WMBF Sports)

SOCASTEE (WMBF) - Rising Black Water Middle School seventh grader Athena Collins got hooked on archery through the National Archery in Schools Programs or NASP three years ago.  

Since then, she has been dedicated to the sport, devoting her time and energy every day honing her shot.

Athena has won competitions across the southeast and enjoys beating top competitors.

And while she's still too young to compete on the world stage in Rio, she’s aiming to travel more and one day leave her mark on the Olympic games.

"It's fun because then you get to see how other people shoot. When you're shooting by yourself, then you can concentrate by yourself you don't have somebody yelling at you or stuff like that. I want to shoot in the Olympics because then you go up against the top people.," Athena said.

Her coach, Beth Anctil has been a member of Sandune Archery Club where Athena practices for 15 years.

Anctil has coached Athena since the fourth grade and says she has a drive to get better and a never give up attitude that could lead her to participate in the Olympic games one day.

Having shot a bow and arrow for longer than her pupil has been alive, Anctil sees a mini me in Athena when the younger archer pulls back her arrow.


"The first time she shot the bow and she hit the center of the target, she lit up like it was Christmas. She was so excited about it and just became so disciplined at practicing every day and I just saw like a mini me in her she just loves the sport," Beth Anctil said.

The SCAA or South Carolina Archery Association will have their state tournament at the end of the month in Summerton.

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