Newburgh Archer Heading to Africa

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Ashlie Garrison has already shown herself to be an elite archer. She’s just two points away from a perfect score.

But now this Castle North Middle School eighth grader is chasing perfection half a world away, out to prove herself on an even bigger stage.

We first met Ashlie in June when she was fresh off a victory at national competition. She had just been named to the USA All-Star team, and needed more than $7,000 to make the trip to a world competition in South Africa.

She and her family got the cash, and they’re just two days from the trip.

She’s bashful, but brave, and like any teenager you’ve ever met. “I love shooting arrows,” she says, and
“I also love doing nothing.”

Ashlie has conquered America; at a recent competition, she was the top female archer out of 2,000.

Her mom, Tracy says much of her success started in the Newburgh, Indiana backyard when Ashlie was just 8 years old. “Whatever daddy did she wanted to do, she’s a daddy’s girl,” she says.

Now she’s on the USA All-Star squad. Just one of 16 in the country and the youngest girl on the team. Tracy says no one expected her to go this far.

Now closing in on record-setting scores, the the world isn’t all she’s trying to dominate.

“My long term goal with archery is the Olympics,” Ashlie says.

She beat the region, the state, the country, and now aims for the globe, so why not?

The biggest fear her mom has, besides the trip to Africa, is failure.

“i’m just afraid she may think she’s a failure if she doesn’t do very well. But anywhere she places is an accomplishment.”

No matter the score in Africa you can bet somewhere on that target, Ashlie Garrison wins.

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