Viva Las Vegas for Remy Leonard
IT WILL be all business for Remy Leonard when he hits the bright lights of Las Vegas in the United States for an archery competition next month.
The 17-year-old will leave Woodenbong to compete in the Vegas Shoot, which is known as the largest and most prestigious indoor archery tournament in the world.
Leonard will first head to Atlanta to spend time with his coach George Ryales before the three-day competition which attracts 3000 competitors from novice to Olympic level.
He will fly out the following day with his sole focus on a strong performance after he finished in the top 10 at the World Archery Field Championships in Ireland in October.
"I prefer indoor archery and this is one I've always wanted to do,” Leonard said.
"There won't be much time for sightseeing or any of that stuff.
"I'm only going a few days early to meet up with my coach and I'll be flying out the day after the competition.
"This is probably what I've been looking forward to the most and they should get over 3000 people this year.”
Leonard has the medals to prove he belongs on the big stage at the Las Vegas event.
He won a bronze medal at the World Archery Indoor Championships in Turkey early last year.
He plans to make the most out of this competition before returning home to complete Year 12 at Woodenbong Central School.
"This will be another great experience and I've just come off some national events in Adelaide and Victoria,” Leonard said.
"I've enjoyed the outdoor stuff where I've had to walk in forests and up mountains.
"There are less variables with the indoor stuff and I'm keen to see how I go.
"I'm lucky that I can train in my backyard at home and also come into the club at Lismore.”
The Vegas Shoot offers a large prize purse of $403,000, with scholarships also up for grabs.
Leonard leaves for the competition on February 2.