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07.23.2015 | Categories: Press Releases

‘Project Runway’ finalist Laura Bennett Shelton coming to Lancaster Archery Academy to coach USA Archery camp

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Laura Bennett Shelton, a champion archer and fashion designer, will be a featured coach at USA Archery’s Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Camp being hosted by Lancaster Archery Academy July 30-Aug. 2.

Shooting an Olympic recurve bow, Shelton has been racking up some impressive finishes at some of the world’s biggest tournaments the past two years. Most recently, she took home the silver medal in the women’s Master Class at World Archery’s 2015 Championships of the Americas tournament in May. A month earlier, she won USA Archery’s U.S. National Indoor Championships in the Female Master 50+ division.

Laura Bennett Shelton

In February, Shelton cracked the top-25 at the National Field Archery Association’s World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, and posted the seventh-highest score among American women.

Last year, Shelton was part of the six-member team – three men and three women – to represent the United States in the World Indoor Archery Championships in Nimes, France.

Away from the archery range, Shelton, a mother of six and author of two books, earned national fame in 2006 as a finalist on the Bravo network’s hit show, “Project Runway.” The reality show follows up-and-coming fashion designers as they compete against one another with their creations.

Shelton will be part of a team of elite instructors teaching youngsters age 8-17 about competitive archery at the USA Archery camp to be held at Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc.’s, complex at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA.

Laura Bennett Shelton (2)

This is a camp for intermediate archers, which means campers have some experience in competitive archery. They will be shooting both Olympic recurve and compound bows. Shelton will be on hand to work with recurve archers July 30 and 31.

Lancaster Archery Academy instructor Laura Reed said campers over the course of four days will learn various physical and mental techniques and skills necessary to become successful tournament archers.

“By the time they leave, they should have a better understanding of the shot process, have new techniques they can practice at home and have better skills to take to future competitions,” Reed said.

Below is a slideshow of photos from the camp.

2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Practice, practice, practice.....
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Coach Laura Bennett Shelton makes some adjustments to a camper's bow.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
William Pantin is all smiles at the end of the day.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Coach Laura Bennett Shelton offers some helpful tips.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
What a way to end the day...
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Hamming it up....
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
The campers all lined up in their neon shirts.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Coach Laura Bennett Shelton demonstrates proper form.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Draw....aim.....release!
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Coach Larry Wise gives some one-on-one instruction.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Coach Bryan Brady runs down the schedule.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Waiting for a turn on the line.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Coach Larry Wise, in white, leads the drills.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Heading out to the range for outdoor practice.
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
Some classroom time.

Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc. offers the world’s largest online and in-store selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company actively supports tournament archers across the U.S. and hosts the annual Lancaster Archery Classic, an international competition that draws over 1,000 competitive archers to Pennsylvania each year. The Lancaster, Pa., based Pro Shop is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy ‑ a year-round training facility for beginner, intermediate and competition archers.

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