Instagram Archer of the Week: Patrick Schwendeman
Archery in the City selected Patrick Schwendeman as our Instagram Archer of the Week. As part of the selection process Patrick was interviewed about his archery style, training habits and his most memorable events. The amazingly, global sport of archery only gets better as social media allows all of us to connect across the world and support each other.
- What’s your name, where are you from and where is your home range/club?
My name is Patrick Schwendeman. I am from Enumclaw, Washington. My home ranges/clubs are Flint Tip Archers in Enumclaw, Washington and Skookum Archers in Puyallup, Washington. Skookum Archers also has their JOAD group, the Rangers, and I participate with them as well. I am also a shop shooter for Great Northwest Archery in Puyallup, Washington.
- How did you start Archery and what styles of archery (recurve, compound, 3D, Target, Field, Hunting, traditional, etc) do you participate in?
I began shooting archery with cub scouts and continued on through boy scouts. I started with the Genesis bows in scouting. Now I use a Hoyt Podium X compound bow. I prefer target shooting but I also like safari and hunter/field. Lately it seems I have been participating in more FITA/World Archery target competitions.
- What kind of Archery is prevalent in your area?
All kinds, depending on the shooter. Clubs in Washington range from traditional to 3D to indoor target. There is usually something for any type of shooter.
- What is your favorite archery memory?
It was my first JOAD tournament and I was shooting with a friend. We both shot the exact same spot on the target many times. It was very close up to the end. I won by one point. It was exciting and fun.
- Describe the biggest archery event you have attended? Did you shoot in it?
Last January I attended the World archery festival in Las Vegas. It was my first time there and I placed 11th in the young adult compound release division.
- Where is the farthest you have travelled to shoot archery?
So far, Las Vegas. I will be shooting in Canada over Labor Day.
- What archery training activities do you perform and how often?
During the school year, I practice four to five times a week outdoor either at one of the clubs or indoor at Great Northwest. Although NASP is popular in the schools, most schools do not have archery clubs or a place to practice.
- How many arrows do you typically shoot in a week?
- What are your archery goals?
My goal is to be better than I was the day before. I would also like to shoot in more international tournaments like in Japan or Turkey.
- There are a lot of great archers in the world. Which archer do you look up to as a role model and why?
There are several archers that have helped me out since I started shooting in Washington. Doug Hyder, who is also my sponsor, and Kit Pacheco are really good at telling me exactly how it is, good or bad, and what I can do to improve. Sean Elza is great at archery information and helping me keep my form and focus. He coached me in the beginning of my archery career and keeps tabs on me when he can. Steve Allen is a great coach and has always been there for me when I needed something. All four, among many others, try to keep me on track with archery. They may not be considered “great” archers of the world, they are important to me and I appreciate everything they do for me.
This varies and depends on which tournament I am preparing for. Indoor 200-300/per week; Outdoor 300-400/per week. I don’t think the amount of arrows shot in a week makes a difference to some people. As long as you are focusing on your form and follow through, that is really what counts. At least to me anyway.
Thanks, Patrick, for your words and motivation. Your archery career is sure to be long and fruitful – Mike
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