By Alyse de Leon
And Breathe. Bamfield, 12, pauses and breathes, concentrating on the target. He related that archery relaxes him.
Among the students at Perry High School, there are those who aren’t just involved in the day to day, run of the mill student activities, and Senior Wyatt Bamfield is one.
Archery is commonly known as shooting with a bow and arrow. Now he isn’t combating evil away with his ability, or participating in The Hunger Games but rather for fun as a sport. “My favorite thing about archery is that it is a way I can express myself and it has come to help define who I am.”
Bamfield started getting involved in his early teens. He has been involved with the sport for five years. “My parents randomly told me one day that there were lessons at the Massillon Rec and I went and it became my passion.” What do you get when you mix hard work and passion? Success.
Bamfield puts lots of hours in, especially during the season. “During competition season I try to practice every day or every other day and either my backyard or at Ohio outdoor sports.”
With so much practice it pays off: Bamfield has competed in tournaments across the country and all across Ohio. “I have competed at a lot of different tournaments throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arizona. The first tournament I go to every year is at Case Western University.”
His best accomplishment yet is the title he won last March. “I competed at the National Field Archery Association(NFAA), Indoor National Championships last year in March and won in my division.” Bamfield is now officially a Nationally recognized archer. This is no small feat. For some to be nationally recognized is a dream.
While Bamfield might not be out protecting citizens, he still helps and participates in the community through volunteer work. He is on the Speech and Debate team as well as, a member of Student Council, and Perry Service League. This just goes to show that you don’t need superpowers to be something great.