Parrs­boro archer head­ing to na­tion­als

El­lis to com­pete in Brossard, Que., for four days

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD PARRS­BORO an­drew.wagstaff@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADNan­drew

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.

AN­DREW WAGSTAFF/CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

Austin El­lis of Parrs­boro con­tin­ues to ex­cel at archery, and will com­pete at the Cana­dian Tar­get Cham­pi­onships in Brossard, Que., next week.

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