Parrsboro archer heading to nationals
Ellis to compete in Brossard, Que., for four days
Plenty of change is in store for Austin Ellis this year, as his high school days are now behind him and his post-secondary education will begin in September. But one thing he does not plan to change is his commitment to the sport of archery.
Ranked as the No. 1 archer in Nova Scotia’s junior class, the 18-year-old man will leave on Aug. 7 for the Canadian Target Championships in Brossard, Que.
“It’s still fun, and treating me good,” said Ellis, about the sport he loves. “I haven’t had any major struggles yet.”
The past year saw him win the provincial indoor championships again, and he was named indoor shooter of the year by the Archery Association of Nova Scotia.
He and two other archers represented Nova Scotia in a winning effort at the Atlantic Archery Championships in Bathurst, N.B., in April, which qualified him for the upcoming national competition.
He achieved all of this while trying to balance his Grade 12 studies at Parrsboro Regional High School and his preparations for the coming year of education, which will see him attend Dalhousie University’s agricultural campus in Truro.
“I would come home, do my homework and then break, shoot my bow, and then go work on scholarships for another two hours,” said Ellis, explaining a regular evening for him during the past year. “If it was still light out after that, I would keep on shooting. My days were pretty filled up, to the last minute.”
These days, he is preparing for nationals, which will see him take part in four days of competition. This will include both field and target events, at varying distances and varying target sizes.
Ellis has been in touch with his coach in Ontario via Skype, and said he feels as ready as he is going to be.
“She told me my shots are looking good, my timing is good, and all I have to worry about now is the mental game and making sure I’m OK competing at the high level,” he said. “Physically, I feel ready, and I’ll be meditating and visualizing all my shots and timing, as well. By then I should be ready mentally.”
Will he be able to keep up with his archery when he starts school later this year? He said he has already talked to the dean about it.
“I’m trying to convince him to let us start a club there ...” said Ellis.
Austin Ellis of Parrsboro continues to excel at archery, and will compete at the Canadian Target Championships in Brossard, Que., next week.