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September 4, 2006 - Rebecca Timmins (15 years old)

I learned many interesting things throughout the past week. I learned what the high performance program objectives are. I learned that in order to succeed you need to give 100% instead of 95%. Everyone also learned what Biomechanics are, and how it is important in archery. We also learned that there are steps to shooting for instance set up, loading, anchoring, transfer, expand, release, and follow through.

In the second day of being at the OTC we learned a lot about all the different types of physical training. There are certain types of training such as cardio and pulmonary training, and resistance and flexibility training. We also learned what you eat is your body's fuel, so eat things like carbohydrates and proteins. Another thing that we learned was what to have in your notebook just in case your bow breaks and you need to repair it fast. The sports psychologist also talked about how to use our mental game, and building confidence. I think that one of the most important things that I learned while staying at the OTC was the B.E.S.T method.

I never knew that there was so much to archery. You have to make sure that you use back tension or you will not be able to shoot good under pressure. You have to make sure that you transfer so that you can get back tension. After you follow through you have to make sure that your hand is facing down like you are telling someone to sit down. You have to make sure that you are using all of the right muscles.

There is so much to this form and that is why I am excited to learn it. It might not be the easy way out, but it will help me shoot well and achieve my dream to be in the 2012 Olympics.
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