Tuesday, May 14th
16-year old Cambridge native and competitive archer Kolby Hanley always has his eyes on the target
'I hate missing more than I like hitting the target, that's how I see it in my head.', says Hanley.
As he trains to qualify for the Cadet USA Archery team on a warm spring afternoon at Pelky's Archery Range in St. Alban's, it's quite apparent that doesn't happen very often.
'He's out here shooting hundreds and hundreds of arrows. His body and form is in sync because of it.', says Hanley's coach John Fleury.
That dedication that has made him one of the nation's best. Hanley recently competed in the US JOAD National Championships in Massachusetts where he finished first in the region and second in the country in the male cadet compound bow category.
Vermont isn't known for Archery but I'm happy to be one of the best to represent it.', says Hanley. 'My dream is to compete on the world tour one day, travel the world and just have fun with the sport of archery.'
A nice dream for a teenager, making his own parachute-material bracelets just to fund his trip to this months qualifying events in Florida and Ohio.
'It's like a grandma knitting at the table.', says Hanley. 'I do it in my spare time and sell it to raise money.'
'He knows what he needs to do.', says Hanely's mother Rebecca. 'He's always focused and ready to do what it takes.'
'There was a tournament in Louisville, I was out in a blizzard to prepare for it.', says Hanley.
With that kind of determination, I wouldn't bet against Kolby missing his mark.
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