Colorado Springs, CO - Joyce Park in Hamilton, Ohio has successfully hosted two years of National Target Championship events.
Visitors to the park in July of 2009 and 2010 witnessed the happy embraces, the high fives, the struggles and the triumphs that are part and parcel of this national championship event. The "thwack" of arrows hitting bales, the symphony of hundreds of clickers and releases going off together, and the beep of the timing system will echo through Joyce Park once again, as National Target Championships return to Hamilton from June 27 to July 1, 2012.
Next year, however, the event will evolve to include the Easton JOAD Nationals, the youth championship event that determines the JOAD Grand National Champions. According to USA Archery CEO Denise Parker, "This should be a great event combining our Youth and Adult national events. I expect this to be the event of the year and an opportunity to celebrate our sport. The timing also allows us to celebrate the send off of our team headed to the Olympic Games in London."
At the recent USA Archery Annual Meeting, attendees were advised that recommendations will be made to the USAA Board of Directors on schedule, eligibility and format of the two events during the December board meeting. It was also noted that in past years, there has been solid support from the Butler County Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the large archery community in the Cincinnati metro area.
Though specific event details have yet to be released, those who have competed in Hamilton before have expressed their pleasure at the tournament's return to Ohio, praising the location for its "driveability" for archers in many parts of the United States, as well as the close proximity of several major airports, and ease of access from local hotels to the competition venue.
"Returning to Butler County made sense to us," explains USA Archery National Events Manager Katrina Weiss. "USA Archery has received great support from the Butler County Convention and Visitors' Bureau in the past, and the Cincinnati area has a strong and vibrant archery community. We look forward to bringing this combined event back to Hamilton."
Complete details on the 128th National Target Championships and Easton JOAD Nationals will be posted on this website as they become available.