Clewiston native excels in archery; began in 4-H

Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photo. Rebekah Lopez ranked third in the nation in her division of the Junior Women’s Recurve USAT for 2017.

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Shakespeare

Growing up in Clewiston and starting with a green fiberglass bow, Rebekah Lopez began her journey with archery.

It was through Hendry County 4-H and then Glades County 4-H, that she was first introduced to the sport at the age of 13 years old.

Rebekah continued to practice and hone in her archery skills through hard work, practice, and the dedication of her coaches in Hendry and Glades Counties 4-H archery club, who encouraged her and helped her to see the potential she had for going all the way to the National 4-H Shooting Sports/Archery Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska in June 2015; at the age of 17 where she competed in the FITA target event, a field target event, and 3-D target event, earning fourth place overall in the Olympic style sighted recurve archery competition. Her best events were FITA target (at 60m, 50m, 40m, 30m) and field target (set in varying distances from 60m to 15m), third place and second place respectively.

While still a 4-H active member and participant in 4-H archery club activities, she also started competing in USA Archery Association’s competitions around the state of Florida.

After competing in the 4-H Nationals, she then entered an intensive training schedule in July 2015, at the Easton Newberry Archery Center for Excellence in Newberry.

Currently, she trains up to six days a week with shooting, physical fitness, nutrition awareness, and mental training and attends competitive training classes that run for six to eight weeks at a time in addition to her regular training regimen.

Since her final archery competition with 4-H at Grand Island, Nebraska, she has competed in several archery indoor and outdoor competitions around the state of Florida, Alabama and Ohio as part of the USA Archery’s United States Archery Team (USAT) qualifier events and sanctioned tournaments.

In August 2016, Rebekah earned a spot on the Junior Women’s Recurve USAT for 2017 and is ranked third in the nation in her division.

Rebekah stated, “I consider it an honor and a privilege to represent the USA and Florida as a member of the 2017 USAT. I also will never forget how instrumental in achieving my goals have been – my 4-H family in Hendry and Glades counties; the USA Archery coaches at Easton Newberry Archery Center for Excellence in Newberry, Florida; my friends, and my family who have supported me through out this whole process and will now embark with me on this next stage of competition and training.” ​As she begins her freshman year in college as a student at Santa Fe State College, she is even more determined in reaching her goals and possibly one day becoming a member for the USA Olympic Archery Team. She has her eyes set on Tokyo 2020.

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