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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Liam Smith, age 10, is already making his name known as an international archery star. Held at the Demmer Center in Michigan, the quadrennial World Dwarf Games hosted a 9m and 18m indoor recurve event, as well as a crossbow competition. Smith was one of 72 archers representing 7 countries, and he proudly shot representing the U.S.
Too young to compete in the youngest age bracket (12-15 years), Smith was placed into an open category for archers aged 16-34. Despite being the youngest archer in the entire competition, Smith won gold in both indoor events.
Smith shared with USA Archery, "I recently competed in the 2013 World Dwarf Games in both open divisions against adults due to the new rules. Although I was nervous, I felt prepared and tried to shoot the best I could and to have fun. I was really excited to win two gold medals and to represent my country."
Smith began archery "at a Cub Scout camp and again at a family camp and really liked it" before he found his local JOAD club, Top Nock. The eloquent young archer added, "I like archery because I like to have fun, meet new people, do my best each time and hit the yellow. Archery helps me concentrate and focus. I have also been able to meet a lot of really cool people because of archery."
Smith regularly competes in USA Archery events, and on comparing the experience to this event, he said, "I felt more comfortable shooting with other archers of my size and eye level. I really liked having the opportunity to compete in that way and I can't wait for the next dwarf archery tournament."
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