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Well, I just got back from talking to a few classes full of third-graders about the awesomeness of archery. I had so much fun that I wanted to share with you some of the stories I told the kids, and it reminded me of this. A friend just recently made me aware of this featured profile of me on Disaboom.com, a website encouraging active lifestyles for people with disabilities. I barely remember writing these responses, but it turned out really well!


Paralympic Athlete in the Spotlight: Lindsey Carmichael

Excerpt from Disaboom.com, Posted: 9/4/2008 at 11:49 PM :

What is your favorite aspect of archery?

I love that just about anyone in the world can shoot archery. Male or female. Six years old or eighty-six. You can shoot if you are short, tall, or skinny as a rail. You can shoot from a wheelchair. You can shoot if you are missing an arm. You can even shoot if you are blind! That, to me, is the greatest testament to the level playing field of archery: in a sport assumed to be incredibly visual, we have archers who can shoot by feel alone. How amazing is that? And even within the able-bodied side of the sport, archery has the tendency to level the field between genders in a way that few other sports can. Because both sexes shoot at the same distance during Olympic competition, the scores of each division can be compared--and the archers who come out on top aren't necessarily the strongest or the most cunning. You see, all it really takes to be the best archer in the world is mental acuity and willpower. When I heard that the last few World Record holders in archery were all women, I have to admit I was totally hooked.

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davidschussler
Oct. 12th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
Amazing adventure earned
So when are you going to write your first book? You've plenty of material. Hope to see you soon.
Love, chef
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