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Our golden girl

Thursday, 17th May, 2012

SUCCESS: Cheryl Holmes with her medal haul from the Australian Bowhunting Association Championships. SUCCESS: Cheryl Holmes with her medal haul from the Australian Bowhunting Association Championships.

By Ben Sheffield

Cheryl Holmes has described claiming a gold medal at the recent Australian Bowhunting Association Championships as a dream becoming a reality.

She took out the title in the Ladies Bowhunter Unlimited Flight 2 division and won a bronze medal in the 3D discipline at the four-day event near Mildura over the Easter Long Weekend.

Going into the final day of competition, Cheryl was in second place but was quietly confident of her chances.

“I was mentally and physically prepared and I knew I could win,” she said.

She then proceeded to go through the final day of competition without dropping a single arrow.

Cheryl attributes much of her success in archery to her mental strength.

“You need to be mentally tough to be able to relax in between targets and then focus when you have to,” she said.  

Cheryl first became involved in the sport five years ago after going to the archery range with her partner.

Soon after she was the proud owner of her very own recurved bow and went about practicing the sport she grew to love.

“I love it. I love being out outdoors in the bush. It’s mentally relaxing, it’s a good feeling.”

The next major event on the horizon for Cheryl is the 2013 Australian Bowhunting Championships in Alice Springs.

But she would love to one day compete at the Olympics, saying “that would be the ultimate challenge.”

One thing Cheryl would like to see change in her sport is for a greater number of female participants to take part.

Cheryl is the only woman in the Silver City Archers who goes away and competes at inter-club shoots.

“It’s very male dominated. I would definitely love to see more females join in.

“It’s a very family orientated sport. Everyone should come out and get involved,” she said.    

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