Madisonville local Zachary Rebstock has compiled a number of top finishes since he began competing in archery. He picked up another first place finish at the Texas State Archery Association (TSAA) Outdoor Target Championships over the weekend, where he also earned a U.S.A. Gold Medal and set a new TSAA record.
“I feel bad for the other guys because I actually won by almost 50 points,” said Rebstock. “I know they can do better because I have seen them do better. I shoot with these guys a lot and I really respect them.”
Rebstock beat the TSAA Outdoor 50M 36-arrow record by five points. He will now travel to compete in the S3DA National Outdoor Field and 3D Championships in Metropolis, Ill.
“For Nationals, I have just got to really focus on staying calm and executing one perfect shot at a time,” said Rebstock.
Rebstock has an extremely methodical approach to his success and runs through a mental and physical checklist while lining up each and every shot.
6,000 kids participate in the U.S.A. Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Program each year. Just 200-300 of those receive a JOAD Bronze Medal, 120-190 receive Silver and 20-30 receive Gold.
By earning Gold over the weekend, Rebstock has earned all three of these JOAD medals within the last year alone.