St. Anthony middle schooler an archery wiz


Seventh grader Sawyer Sullivan has a knack for archery.

Sawyer Sullivan is a seventh grader at St. Anthony Middle School and one of his hobbies is archery. It’s a hobby that has taken him across the country to some of the most elite competitions around.

Sawyer recently traveled to Chula Vista, California, where he tried out for the Junior Dream Team. He was selected as one of the 36 members of the team and in 2017 will spend one week per quarter at the Olympic Training Center honing his craft.

He had a busy 2016 archery season, which included competing in the Easton Junior Olympic Archery Development outdoor championships in Alabama. In the Grand National Championship Bowman class, he finished third.

Earlier in the year, Sawyer claimed three different state championships. He has also earned bronze, silver and gold pins based on scores shot during USA Archery events.

When he is not competing, Sawyer usually practices six days a week from 1 1/2 to three hours at a time. He is a member of the North Central Elite Archery team and trains with the team and coaches throughout the year. His Junior Olympic Archery Development club is St. Croix Archery and he is sponsored and shoots out Bwana Archery in Little Canada. During the outdoor season, he shoots at Rapids Archery in Andover.

Sawyer is the son of former Irondale High School girls basketball coach and St. Anthony Village volleyball coach Michelle Helfrey.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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