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Laura Bennett Shelton to compete with the U.S. Indoor Archery Team at the World Archery Championship in Nimes, France - February 25th


Ms. Shelton, a fashion designer, architect, author and mother of six, is a relative newcomer to the sport of archery and will participate in the recurve women’s category.

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Bethlehem, PA -- Bethlehem resident, Laura Bennett Shelton will compete as a member of the U.S. Indoor Archery Team at the World Archery Championship in Nimes, France February 25th through March 2nd. The World Archery Federation expects 400 athletes from 42 different nations at the completion. Ms. Shelton, a fashion designer, architect, author and mother of six, is a relative newcomer to the sport of archery and will participate in the recurve women’s category.

Last December, after just 4 months of training, she competed in U.S. Team Trials for the 2014 World Archery Indoor Championships, placing third in the women’s recurve guaranteeing her a spot on the team. Subsequently last week, she shot a personal best in the National Field Archery Association World Archery Festival in training for the Nimes championship. Laura credits her success to working on her mental game as much as her physical one. She trains a minimum of four hours a day locally in Allentown at Archery the Glen and travels to Florham Park, New Jersey once a week to the New Jersey School of Archery to work with Level 4 Olympic coach Mike Usherenko "What Laura has achieved after only 6 months of training, is remarkable.” according to Usherenko, The 2013 Archery Coach of the Year. “Laura is a quick study, fierce competitor and ably adapting to the subtleties of the sport; her dreams are already coming true.”

Ms. Shelton received an undergraduate degree in architecture from University of Houston and a graduate degree from Columbia University. She was a finalist on Project Runway's season three (2006) and became known for designing glamorous but conservative evening wear. Laura is the author of two books, Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?: A Mother's Guide to Sanity in Stilettos and Handmade Chic: Fashionable Projects That Look High-End, Not Homespun. Laura Bennett Shelton lives in Bethlehem, PA. She has six children: Cleo, Peik, Truman, Pierson, Larson, and Finn with her late husband Peter L Shelton.

About Indoor Archery Competition

Indoor target archery is shot at a distance of 18 metres (59.5 feet). Athletes shoot 60 arrows each at a distance of 18m at a 40cm (15 3/4" inch) target face. Athletes shoot 20 ends, each end consisting of 3 arrows, in a time limit of 2 minutes per end. This round is shot during the first day of competition to rank the top 32 men and women in each division and the top 16 men's and women's teams in each division, in accordance to the highest scores achieved. The highest 32 scoring men and 32 women, in each division, of the qualification round will be ranked and proceed to the Elimination phase of the championships.

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