Controlled breathing. Concentration. Determination.
Abiding by these three practices led to Brownie Curry being declared a world champion archer.
Competing in the two-day Archery Shooters Association Championship Classic in July at Columbus, Ga., Curry was declared the winner of the senior women’s open, a division comprised of women 50 and older.
“I went in telling myself that I was going to shoot the best that I could and concentrate on everything I had been taught,” Curry said.
Curry’s archery coach is husband Gene, a multi-time world champion himself on the professional circuit.
“(Gene) is a very good coach,” Curry said. “I just needed to remember everything he had told me.”
Winning the classic was an on-again, off-again journey for Curry, who began attending competitions, or “shoots” with her husband in 1986.
“I went to a few shoots in ’86,” Curry said. “I did some myself, but then we started having grandchildren, and there was work, and other things, so I didn’t really have the time to put into it.”
Twenty-two years later, in 2008, Curry decided to become involved once again.
“I made a commitment that I was going to follow through and start practicing,” Curry said.
With a Matthews bow in hand, Curry began target practicing at the Red Oak Ranch in Zephyr.
“I can’t speak for anyone else,” Gene Curry said. “But, one of the reasons she won the championship is because of all of the practice time she put it in. She would get off work, head out to the ranch and put in a lot of practice time.”
Competing in six ASA events in 2008, Curry topped off her comeback by winning the state championship and taking home a third place trophy in the Classic. Curry’s performances in 2008 led to her being named “Shooter of the Year” by the ASA.
“That was pretty exciting,” Curry said.
Scoring 397 out of a possible 400 maximum points after the second day of this year’s Classic did not distract Curry.
“I knew I was going to shoot well,” Curry said. “But I didn’t expect to shoot as well as I did. Gene told me not to pay attention to the scoreboard and just focus on what I was doing.”
Archery is not just about competition, Curry said.
“When you are doing it, you forget about everything else, things going on in life. It just takes your mind off everything.”
After receiving the news she had won, Curry had only one thought.
“The only thing I could think about was getting back to tell Gene,” she said.
The Archery Shooters Association Web site states the organization has hosted tens of thousands of amateur and professional archers from across the country since 1993. State level organizations are known as the ASA Federation, while national level shoots are known as the McKenzie ASA Pro/AM Tour.
On the local club level, the Brownwood Bowhunters is an active organization. For information, contact Jimmy Fisher at 998-2343 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.