Shayna Antonio

WOMEN IN ARCHERY Q&A

How Many Years Have You Been Involved In Archery?

I was born into archery!

Who's Your Local Club?

I’m currently a member of Renegade Bowmen.

What Type of Archery Do You Shoot?

I shoot ABA, IFAA, AA.

Do You Hunt?

I hunted when I was younger with my family but I loved target archery more and prefer to shoot arrows at a target than walk around all day and only get 1 or 2 shots in. 

Favourite Archery Memory?

I have so many favourite memories, growing up in an archery family, going to many shoots across Australia, however, a memory that stands out is ABA Nationals in Wagga Wagga many years ago. I was shooting with Bec Darby, long term rival and we were on that same score and I needed to get an A on the last target to tie with her on the Female Freestyle Unlimited ABA 1 Arrow National Record of 392. The last two targets were Series 5 and Bec changed her sight between targets, which scared me because I thought they were the same distance, I stuck to my guns and kept my sight the same, I pulled back, aimed and released, closed my eyes because I was too scared if I looked my actions would push the arrow out, Bec put me out of my misery and looked through her binoculars and called it in the A. 

What About Archery Appeals To You?

I love ABA and IFAA because it’s very family-oriented and my two young daughters can come around with me. My 3-Year-Old has her own bow and she can shoot when she wants. Archery Australia draws me in for the competition, the precise accuracy you need over so many arrows.

Are Any Family Members Involved In Archery?

Are any family members involved in archery? My parents got me into archery and still shoot, my sister and her family also shoot and my husband and 3 years old also shoot. Ellie, my youngest, will start to shoot when she can follow the directions so she can shoot safely. She is currently 15 months old.

First and Current Bow?

My first bow was a self bow made for my sister originally by a club member. It was a tiny longbow, my nephew currently shoots with it. 

Currently, I have two bows for my two different styles. I have a bow setup for freestyle. It is a Hoyt Pro Force FX and with a T.R.U Ball AXCELL Sight with Easton X10 Arrows. My second bow is set as a Bowhunter Unlimited; it is a Hoyt Hyper Edge with an AXCELL Armotech 5 Pin Sight and Easton Carbon Ones 600 Spine. I use my Scott Backspin Release Aid with both bows.

What Are Some of Your Great Achievements In Or Outside of Archery?

I’ve competed in 2 IFAA World Titles. I placed First and Forth, multiple Nationals, I’ve gotten records in ABA and IFAA. My greatest achievement though is all the friendships I have made over the years and continuing to improve my form and place higher scores in the different styles I shoot. 

Do You Have Any Sponsors?

I’ve been sponsored by Abbey Archery since 2005!

Any Last Words?

No matter what bow you shoot or the style, as long as you have fun that’s all that matters. 

SHARING IS CARING! 😉