Inspiring Women Spring 2018

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Champion titles because I practiced

very hard.

In 2006, I opened my archery school

"White Arrow" for Austrian archers, and

then in 2011, "Archery Education

International", which caters to archers

and coaches from all over the world.

From 2009-2011, I was head coach of

the Austrian 3D-Team (3D = shooting

on plastic animal-like targets on a

course in the woods), and between

2008 and 2013, I was a team

supporter when there was no head

coach for the team.

In 2009, I became a national - and in

2011 an international - coach trainer (this is still my job), specializing in the Olympic Recurve bow

and traditional bows. I also finished my education as a sport mental trainer in 2011.

In 2010, I started to write a textbook about coaching in archery with many practical tips and

exercises for archers, coaches and coach trainers. It will be available in 2018 in German, and

hopefully in 2019 in English.

I have learned so much

through my archery. For

example: I can do almost

everything if I try hard

enough. But I do think that

to be successful, the most

important thing is to have

fun at what you are doing. I

loved to practice hard.

There was never a time I

didn't want to take my bow

and arrows and practice

my shooting technique,

focusing on every shot;

there were the days I had

to stop myself to have a

rest. When you focus on

your shooting technique,

the hits will come by

themselves. It is wonderful

to feel the body's tension and relaxation, the harmony and smoothness in the approximately 15

to 20 seconds you need for one shot.

I always had goals: for the training and for the competition. They were all related to my

technique (which key words I want to use, where to put my focus) and how to act in various

situations. Whenever I failed, I just asked myself what I could have done better to achieve my

goal and tried to act accordingly the next time. Whenever I finished an archery competition (no

matter whether I got a medal or not), I asked myself what is the next thing to practice so that I

can improve my skills. Archery also taught me to focus much more on me, on the moment; to

concentrate on the important things and blank out things that are unimportant or not relevant.

This all had a massive influence on my private life.

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