In just over two weeks, nearly 3,000 archers from around the world will collide at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Open & Championship and a local elementary schooler is one of four students representing Wisconsin.
Just two years into the sport and 5th grader Sydney Lobner has already punched her ticket to the NASP Worlds, where she’ll be competing against students from 10 different countries.
“I really was clueless at the start, but then we started practicing and it became serious,” Lobner said. “I have to practice a lot because I feel like if I am going there, then I might as well do good,” Lobner said.
Regardless of how Lobner performs in Music City, she says the sport is more than just bows and arrows; it gives her a chance to spend hours on end with her dad, who is also her coach.
“I mean what more could you ask for?” Sydney’s dad Corey Lobner said. “It’s just been nice bonding. Someone who is in their second year doing it and they go this far, you can’t ask for any more.”
Sydney is relatively new to the sport, and her dad has been pleasantly surprised with how quickly she has adapted.
“I did not think in Bullseye she would do that well,” Corey said. “I don’t know where she gets it from. I mean I shoot myself, but she shoots better than me.”
Lobner’s 10th place Bullseye finish at Nationals set the bar for Worlds.
“I would like to get in the Top 10, probably Top 5,” Sydney said.
Sydney will compete in the NASP Open & Championship on July 26th.