Junior Olympic Archery Program for Grades 8 & 9: Looking for Future Olympians
Did you know that Carolina Day School has a Junior Olympic Archery Development Program (JOAD)? Under the direction of USA Archery Coach and CDS parent Dr. Bob Park and Master Coach Alexander Kirillov, we are training students in Olympic-style archery.
Coach Kirillov is one of only three Olympic-level coaches in the country, and has coached numerous Olympic archers including three-time Olympian Jennifer Hardy. He is the former coach of the Soviet National Team and now the Master Coach at Precision Shooting Equipment in Tucson, Arizona. He travels internationally to coach and advise archers, and comes to Asheville four to five times during the year to work with CDS archers.
Dr. Park, an experienced archer, works with Carolina Day archers several times a week, coordinating closely with Coach Kirilov to ensure strong competitive fundamentals in a safe environment.
After his first year of working with the CDS team (2014-15), Coach Kirillov believes we have the conditions and support to be able to develop archers at CDS for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Archery is a sport that emphasizes and rewards effort and persistence and teaches great life lessons. Athletes do not have to be particularly strong or fast but must be willing to work hard to develop mental as well as physical toughness. Parental support is crucial; travel is necessary and equipment customized for each athlete.
We are looking for motivated, hard-working Grade 8 and 9 students to join JOAD at Carolina Day. The next archery clinic is being held November 6- 8, 2015.
Friday, November 6
4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Heritage Outdoors, Fletcher
Saturday, November 7
10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bowed Up Archery, Maggie Valley
Sunday, November 8
12 noon-5 p.m. at Heritage Outdoors, Fletcher