Hi everyone, I hope all is well! I’ve written Part #2 of my tour to America as promised! Here is part one if you haven’t seen it yet.
After we received our NASP National colours on the Friday, the next morning was our first competition which was the NASP World Tournament where anyone could take part individually. There were more than 2000 archers from America, Canada and South Africa.
These were some of the South African (target shirts) and Canadian archers. We met a lot of great people there and I am still in touch with some of them!
After the shooting, while we were waiting for the scores we did the “monkey dance” with all the archers. It was a lot of fun! South Africa did really excellent at the Tournament.
The hotel where we stayed, had a small kitchen and my mother and I made hamburgers and watched a movie on the TV. I didn’t even know what channel to watch (since we don’t have a TV at home!) but we found a really nice movie and enjoyed the time together so much!
The next day the American’s took us to the Mount Olympus water and theme park!
We took a bus and drove for about an hour to the park. We were all very excited as you can see!
Before we headed out they took us for a drive around the State Capital, so we could see all the sides.
Apparently this is the only capitol in America with a women statue on top.
We drove past a lot of corn fields on our way. It was beautiful and I loved the red barns!!
Ready to ride the biggest roller-coaster, first! It goes under a parking lot (pitch dark!) and comes out the other side and back. It is also one of the biggest wooden roller-coasters in the world!
I just had to do this! It’s like a huge swing, I am in the right seat.
This was the water slide!!
They even had indoor slides for children, it made me miss my little brothers!
I also made some penny Souvenirs!
The next day was the All Stars Championships with the top 16 archers of each country. It was between USA, Canada and South Africa. Here are some of us, kind of nervous before we start shooting.
Watch out for South Africa!
Our first shoot, the guy shooting with me was the Worlds Champion. I didn’t recognise him until after the shoot when my mom told me!
Scoring some neat arrows.
The All Stars has different rules than a normal tournament.
The 16 archers from each team gets divided into 4 teams of 4 archers, group #1, 2, 3 and 4.
Loooooong story short the groups need to shoot out against each other to see which country wins. My group ended up shooting 5 flights that day! We were exhausted that evening!
After the shooting the next day I took a new target and asked the 3 countries’ teams to sign it for me!
I had it laminated and it’s now hanging in my room!
South Africa got second place (Silver) , winning Canada.
We were all so happy to have been able to take part and do really well!
The supporters/couches also got a medal!
We had a couple more days to spend in Madison before the rest of the team headed home and my mother and I headed to Nashville
So one afternoon we went walking in the town streets and found Sugar……..
It’s like the ultimate sweet shop!!
Yes, I bought some fancy sweets for my brothers there!
We also went to watched a baseball game!
We had some real unhealthy hamburgers and candy floss too!
We stopped at the fire department - where the firemen and women proudly drove out their fire trucks for us to see.
I think my mother will drive the trucks pretty good!
They even lifted the ladder for us to see!
There was also this soap shop. That sold some amazing pretty and creative soaps!
We loved Subway! Their sandwiches were really good - and you could put on whatever you liked!
My little brothers love the movie Alvin and The Chipmunks. They know the movie was made in America and so they asked us to say hi to the chipmunks from them! We actually spotted a chipmunk and they were so happy when they saw this picture!
My mother and I at the Capital!
Watch this space for Part #3 - our time in Nashville Tennessee.
Thanks for reading I’ll be posting again soon!