Montana born Olympic Archery athlete aiming for National, World and Olympic teams.
Thank you for checking out my RallyMe fundraiser! I’m Tristan Smith, 19 years old, born and raised in Kalispell, Montana. I compete in Olympic Archery tournaments held around the U.S, and this year I’ve turned my sights to making it on the US Archery Team, also known USAT.
I began shooting archery at the age of 8, within the local 4-H program, and I competed locally with a barebow compound and eventually a barebow recurve. When I was 14 I picked up an Olympic style recurve, and since then I’ve competed almost exclusively in that division.
Two years ago I qualified for the 4-H National Shooting Sports event held in Nebraska. Along with my 3 teammates, we took home 3rd place as a team out of the 16 states attending the Team Recurve division. I personally walked away with 4th place in my main individual event, which kickstarted a longer career in the sport.
I have now taken to the national circuit, being 19 years old this is my last year as a Junior, and next season I’ll be competing against the Senior Men, with Olympic and World Champion athletes. I’ve already performed at one outdoor event this season out of my required 3 total events, and earned 11th place after the ranking round, and 8th after the elimination rounds.
The competition format for this national ranking series is 72 arrows fired from 70 meters (76 yards), aiming at a 122cm target with the inner 10x-ring the size of a CD-Rom, highest possible score being a 720. We shoot outdoors, rain or shine. We then begin elimination rounds, shooting 3 arrows at the same target, and earn set points. A win will earn you 2 set points, and a tie will earn both athletes 1 set point each. The first competitor to 6 set points will move on to the next match.
More information on tournament format and schedules is available at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery
To make it onto the USAT, an athlete has to attend at least 3 out of 5 events held in AZ, FL, CA, NC and OH. NC being required in order to make the Junior USAT.
I started this fundraiser to assist with basic travel costs, air travel, vehicle rental, hotel stay, tournament entry fees, and potentially equipment. Each outdoor event can be a period of 2 to 3 days, and indoor tournaments can last as long as 5 days. The minimum cost of this series is $3500, any donations exceeding that will be used for indoor season and next outdoor season, and possibly equipment if funding allows.