With my fellow Para-V.I. (Visually impaired) competitors.
I started my journey in the archery world by competing in US Archery’s Para-V.I. 2/3 division after a disastrous accident in the summer of 2015 when I lost 80% of my vision. I found success, qualifying and placing as first overall for California in the Men’s Para – Vision Impaired 2/3 Division the following year, and currently continue to be undefeated.
On top of being a para competitor, I am one of the most unique men in the United States by becoming the first para-archer to officially compete in the US Collegiate Archery Program while also maintaining my undefeated record as the #1 ranked archery athlete for the state for my division. As a para-archer, I have placed highly in multiple competitions throughout the year but have also made an impact on the people I encounter too.
1st Place Men's Para- Visually Impaired (V.I. 2/3) Division - California State Indoor Championships (January 11-12)
1st Place Men’s Para-Visually Impaired (V.I. 2/3) Division - 50th US Indoor Nationals (February 22-24)
1st Place Men’s Para-Visually Impaired Division - 2018 Arrows in the Vineyard Shoot
1st Place Para-Visually Impaired (V.I. 2/3) – 2016 California State Outdoor Championships
2nd Place Para-Visually Impaired (V.I. 2/3) – Pacific Coast Championships
1st Place Para-Visually Impaired – Golden Bear Open 2016
Further, as a visionary for diversity in athletics, I have become a motivational model & voice for the vision-impaired community. Whether interacting with sighted archers to share my story or making a connection with physically challenged youth to motivate them to fully occupy their potential, I am determined to create a shared understanding and inclusiveness while championing this sport.
My next challenge after the 50th US Indoor National Championships is to compete at the 24th Grape Stakes Tournament in Sacramento, CA.
2019 Competition Itinerary
January 11-12 // Tulare, CA CA State Indoor Championships (Para-V.I. category)
February 6-11 // Las Vegas, NV World Archery Festival: Las Vegas
February 22-24 // Sacramento,CA 50th U.S. Indoor Nationals
Aug 24-25 // Sacramento, CA 24th Grape Stakes Tournament
Aug 14-17 // Dublin, OH (TBD) 135th Outdoor National Championships
October 5-6 (TBD) // Gilroy, CA Arrows in the Vineyard