New Activity for the New Year: Archery
Today’s feature is all about archery, and to help you learn a little more about the sport, I’m featuring a young Canadian archer, Jordan Sequillion. I’m really excited as anyone following my blog knows how much I am enjoying archery myself AND because Jordan is a rising star in the world of archery (remember her name, as you very well could see her in the next Olympics!). If you like what you read here, make sure to check out her blog, send her some love and let her know you liked this post!
Tell me a little bit about yourself, Jordan.
Jordan Sequillion is an 18-year-old world-class archer and a certified NCCP intermediate Level 2 archery coach. She won Silver at Canada Games and has represented Canada at the 2012 World Indoor Archery Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jordan holds 6 national and 16 provincial records, has won numerous international, national, provincial medals and has been featured in archery magazines, CBC radio and even Canadian Television CKWS News for her accomplishments.
Jordan, how did you get started in Archery?
For me, archery is a passion and it all started with a garage sale and the purchase of a small beginner compound bow from a fellow home schooling family. Shortly after our home schooling group started an introduction to archery class at South Nation Archery Club. After a few classes my coach invited me to join the advanced classes. Eventually I grew out of my beginner bow and decided on the direction I wanted to take with my archery, so I switched to a recurve bow.
In the advanced classes, under the tutelage of Kathy Millar, I started to flourish and really enjoy archery. One day, my dad found there were tournaments for archery and asked if I wanted to give it a shot. I said sure and participated in my first tournament at 12 years old. I enjoyed the competition so much, I shot two weeks later in the next tournament.
Two months later at the Club’s Annual Awards Ceremony, I found out that I had shot in the Ontario Indoor Provincial Championships followed by the Canadian National Indoor Championships. It was an even bigger shock to find out I had captured the provincial Bronze and the national Silver medals.
Since then I have competed my times, locally, provincially, nationally and internationally with goals of one day winning Canada’s first Olympic archery medal.
Jordan, what are the benefits of archery and who can participate?
Archery aspires to get everyone and anyone involved; Available for people of all ages from 5 -100. My youngest brother started shooting at home when he was 5 years old and I have many friends who are shooting in their 60’s and 70’s. It’s also open to nearly everyone, both able-bodied and physically challenged including visually impaired people. Recently a legally blind archer, Im Dong-hyun broke the world record at the Olympics. It is a sport you can start any time, and continue to do it for the rest of your life and it is a sport you can participate in year-round with competitions for both indoor and outdoor.
It‘s great physical fitness since it is a sport of endurance and is physically demanding. It helps to develop your core muscles, upper body strength, improve coordination, and stability. A recent study has shown that of all the Olympic sports the amount of energy required to compete in an archery tournament is only second to marathon running.
Lastly, archery is extremely social and is a very courteous and social sport. People of all ages, skill levels, occupations and life styles participate in archery, and are ready to welcome all who want to get involved in the sport. Archery is a pure enjoyment sport and should not be about winning or losing. The only one you truly compete with is yourself.
Do you have a favorite memory that you can share with us?
My favorite memory was the journey to the Canada Winter Games. After the 2010 season, I met with my coach to review the past year and set my new goals.
Although I was only 15 at the time, the Canada Games were the next year and I could take a chance at claiming the only spot for Ontario. She told me it would require a lot of practice however I was a “dark horse” nobody would see me coming. Besides there was no pressure on me, there are two junior athletes already expected to be the top contenders and challenge for the spot; I was not on anyone’s radar.
Although I would be competing against every female archer under 22 in the province, I never gave it a second thought. The Canada Games are only held every 4 years and this was a unique opportunity that I needed to take a shot at however first I needed to qualify for the trials.
So, I started to train 6 days a week and I waited until the last possible qualifying tournament, since I only had one chance to qualify. After 3 months of training, on December 3, 2010 the Ontario Association of Archers announced that I along with two others had qualified and posted the top three scores in the province and we would meet to compete for the single spot.
I had one goal now, shoot the best I could and win that spot. I convinced myself that at the trials, nobody would be watching me, since I was the “dark horse” so there was no pressure, if I win great, if not no problem. In truth, I wanted it. I wanted it bad!
Two days of trials and four 60 arrows tournaments, with the top three combined scores to establish a winner. I remember the announcement, as clear as yesterday, when they declared I had won the spot. I was completely elated however I waited until I got outside, that was when I jumped for joy and yelled with excitement.
In February 2011, I traveled with Team Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia to compete as the youngest female recurve archer at these games and captured the Silver medal, losing 112-110 to my very good friend Virginie Chenier, the second youngest female recurve archer, from Quebec. It was amazing and my first step into the higher level of competition. This just goes to show that you never know what you can do until you put your mind to it and dedicate yourself to your goals.
That is my favorite memory.
Jordan, for those who want to give archery a try, what is the best way to get started?
It is very easy to get started, first find an archery club, they exist everywhere, and then take a beginner class or a private lesson. Most clubs offer regular lessons for both beginner and advanced archers, and some schools may even have an archery club OR you can contact a private coach, like myself, and setup a private session. To find what is available in your area you can contact your provincial, state or national archery organization, most are now online and they will either have a listing of clubs or you can contact. It’s just that simple and once you have tried archery; you’ll be hooked.
Jordan, what or, who do you contribute your success so far to?
First, I have a passion for Archery and try to share that passion with as many people as I can. However the success I have been able to enjoy is because I have the privilege to be supported by many wonderful people throughout my archery journey, including my coaches Kathy Millar and Larry Smith at South Nation Archery Club, my entire family and my generous sponsors Cartel Doosung.