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The Prince William Sound College (PWSC) Archery Club’s eighth annual Vegas in Valdez Archery (ViVA) Tournament took place on March 22-25, 2018, in the remote community of Valdez, Alaska.
This event is the largest indoor archery tournament in Alaska, attracting competing archers from around the state. Each year over 70 competitors and 120 visitors and spectators participate daily. The event is modeled after the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, known as the Vegas Shoot.
ViVA is held in the Valdez Civic Center, which overlooks the breathtaking Port of Valdez of Prince William Sound. Much like the Las Vegas venue, the allure of shooting in carpeted ballrooms is part of the ambiance and experience that attracts archers to Valdez. This event has become the spring rendezvous gathering for Alaska’s archery community and offers a unique competitive experience that is truly Alaskan.
ViVA is a Vegas 600 Round tournament shot over two days and features a “Top Ten Shoot Off” where the top 10 tournament scoring archers compete in a sudden death shoot out for a winner takes all $1,000 prize. This year's winner of the Top 10 Shoot Off was Micheal Degarimore!
This year’s event was packed with four days of exciting activities. New this year is the addition of George Ryals’ Advanced Compound Seminar. Mr. Ryals is an accomplished archery professional with an international reputation as a world class coach. His full bio can be read on his website, extramiddle.com/. Other offerings included the USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Certification course, free archery instruction, several fun shoots, games, and a social dinner.
Kearstyn Cotten is an impressive young archer who has been raising money for the American Diabetes Association through a series of archery shoots. She hosted a diabetes benefit shoot at this year's Vegas in Valdez Archery Tournament. We were honored to be a part of it. You can donate to this cause here by visiting Kearstyn's fundraising page on the American Diabetes Association website.
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The PWSC Archery Club promotes target archery, 3D target archery, and bowhunting, along with wildlife and environment conservation. The Club offers student leadership opportunities in organizational governance, archery scholarships, collegiate archery team participation, local, and national competition. They host youth programs and community events, in addition to performing public service and service learning projects. The PWSC Archery Club is a member of USA Collegiate Archery, the Alaska State Archery Association, and the National Field Archery Association, and membership is open to the public.