Pro Staff: Sarah C. Lance

“My dad got me started shooting in the back yard when I was six years old.¬† Two years later, he encouraged me to join his archery league and be his partner, even though I was only eight years old at the time.¬† I enjoyed shooting so much that I decided I wanted to compete.¬† So, at age nine, I went to see my first coach, Jim Morrow!¬† He got me into a small Jennings bow and I won my first tournament later that year.¬† When I was ready, my parents bought me my first Mathews; a blueberry Conquest 3.¬† After that, I went through a JOAD program at my local archery club and aged out of only last year.¬†¬†Both of my parents are now¬†on the board of directors there, and my mother runs the current JOAD program.”

Sarah is now competing in¬†both Championship Female Freestyle (NFAA)¬†and Compound Women (USA Archery/NAA), and credits both her coach Jim Morrow and her family as being the most influential people in her archery career.¬† “Jim Morrow got me as far as to develop my mental game, and¬†also allows me to use his shop for anything I need; bow presses, practice range, fletching jigs, products, etc.¬† He coaches me whenever I need him, and¬†lets me call him for help at all times of day.¬† My dad is my bow mechanic.¬† He works on all of¬†my equipment, fletches all of¬†my arrows, and coaches me during practice sessions.¬† My mom is my support system and has always been my biggest fan.¬† My family supports me through everything and¬†continues loving me whether I win or lose!”

With such a strong, supportive base, one could see how Sarah could become a successful shooter.  Here are some of her recent accomplishments:

  • 2010 – Lancaster Classic – 2nd
  • 2010 – NFAA Nationals – 1st
  • 2011 – Lancaster Classic – 5th / highest qualifying score (652/660)
  • 2011 – World Archery Festival and Vegas Shoot – 8th/first year in the pro division
  • 2011 – NAA Indoor Nationals – 1st
  • 2011 – JOAD Nationals – 3rd
  • 2011 – Jr. World Trials – 2nd
  • 2011 – Youth World Championships – 5th place/tied the world record (145/150)

Sarah’s favorite part of competition is traveling and meeting new people.¬† “I have tons of friends in the archery community,” she says, “and I love to see them at every tournament.”¬† She also says she’s a very competitive girl and enjoys the “raw aspect of going head to head against someone.”

Sarah occasionally works at her coach’s archery shop and coaches her mom’s JOAD program every weekend.¬† She always offers her help to new archers learning to shoot, and always promotes the sport everywhere she goes and everytime she shoots.¬† She also speaks publicly about archery quite often.

When she’s not shooting or competing, she enjoys listening to music, watching movies, pheasant/turkey/whitetail hunting with her dad, and working at her local veterinary clinic in the kennels.¬† “I start college in January; I’m entering the veterinary technology program at Wayne State.”

Her favorite memory in her archery career was when she was in Vegas and her release broke on her last arrow of the last end of the first day.¬† Her arrow misfired above the target and she dropped to the bottom of her division.¬† The next day, she didn’t give up, but shot the highest score in her division and walked all the way up to third place!¬† “Never give up.¬† The first couple of years are a learning curve, but you can go as far as you want.¬† Always be a good and fair competitor, and take every shoot one arrow at a time.¬† Archery is a small world, get to know people and network yourself!”

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”¬† -Ambrose Redmoon

Sarah Lance’s personal testimony regarding Mathews bows:

“I believe Mathews bows to be the most reliable, tough, and accurate competition and hunting bows on the market today.”

Images

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Key Stats

Location:
MI
Competitive Category:
Pro
Bows:
Conquest Apex 7