For Brandi DeLoach, archery isn’t just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle.
Deloach, formerly of Harlem, made the decision nine months ago to try out for the U.S. Women’s World Archery Team, which will be competing Monday at the World Archery Tournament in Las Vegas.
Her third-place finish at the World Indoor Archery Championships Team Trials earned her the spot.
“I want to perform well, to shoot the way I would shoot in practices and walk away knowing I did the best I could,” DeLoach said. “I don’t make goals that include winning or medaling. I want to make myself proud and shoot the best I can.”
DeLoach uses her schedule as a dermatology nurse – three days on, four days off – to her advantage, training those four days for four hours a day under the tutelage of personal coach Mark Luman. When she felt a little overwhelmed about it all, Luman was a calming influence.
Aiming for the Olympics is not in her sights, DeLoach said.
“I probably will never pursue the Olympics. It is not a goal I have set for myself,” she said.
DeLoach is booked for tournaments through March, but after that it might be time to step back.
“I hope to continue to do well, but I might need a little mental break,” she said.