U.S. Archery championships coming to Hamilton County

The National Target Championships will be held at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield this summer. It’s anticipated that more than 1,000 archers, including Olympians, World Champions and youth athletes, will compete in the tournament from Aug. 2 -6.

Events will include the U.S. and Junior Olympic Archery Development, known as JOAD, and the National Target Championships, which are used for National Ranking for U.S. athletes and selection of the Nationals U.S. Archery Team.

These competitions feature qualifications where archers shoot 144 arrows for score. They are then ranked and compete in head-to-head elimination matches. U.S. Open Finals will be held Aug. 5, where the senior divisions will compete in the medal matches in a special finals venue.

“USA Archery is looking forward to bringing our Outdoor Nationals to Westfield, Indiana,” s​tated​

USA Archery CEO Denise Parker. “The community support has been wonderful and we are thrilled to put on a great event for our athletes at Grand Park.”

USA Archery officials say the archers to watch out for include Leonardo DiCaprio look-alike and three-time Olympic medalist Brady Ellison, five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig, Olympian Mackenzie Brown and World Champions Steve Anderson, Reo Wilde, Jamie Van Natta and the new faces breaking into the international scene.

The public and media are welcome to come out and enjoy the event. Times will be scheduled during the weekdays for participants to find their inner Katniss Everdeen and shoot a bow and arrow, win prizes and meet the athletes at the Try-Me field event.

“As the most anticipated national archery event of the year heads to Indiana, we welcome everyone to join us and cheer for our athletes in this exciting tournament,” Parker s​tated.

Submitted release