Ranked 11th in Indoor Archery World Cup Series, Laura Bennett Shelton will compete in Nimes

Designer-author-mother Headed to World Indoor Archery Cup Series Laura Bennett Shelton currently ranked 11th in the 2015 Indoor World Cup Series
Laura Bennett Shelton Archer
Laura Bennett Shelton Archer
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. - Jan. 12, 2015 - PRLog -- Currently ranked 11th in the 2015 Indoor Archery World Cup Series, Laura Bennett Shelton of Bethlehem, PA will compete in the third stage of the Indoor Archery World Cup in Nimes, France January 23rd -25th.  The Indoor Archery World Cup is an open-entry international indoor archery competition circuit with stages held all around the world.  Mrs. Shelton—who took up the sport just 17 months ago--placed 8th in Stage 1 (Marrakesh/November 2014) and 17th in Stage 2 (Bangkok/December 2014). The 4th Stage and World Cup Final will be held February 6th -7th in Las Vegas.

She also will be competing January 16th – 18th at The 12th Annual Lancaster Archery Classic, one of the country’s most highly competitive tournaments.

Just six months after picking up a bow for the first time in late 2013, Mrs. Shelton competed as a member of the U.S. Indoor Archery Team at the World Archery Championship in Nimes, placing 40th in her first Championship. In October 2014, also as a member of the US Team, she brought home the gold medal in the Recurve Bow Master Women’s' Class at the Pan-American Championship.

Laura credits success to her mental game as much as her physical one. She trains a minimum of four hours each day and travels to Florham Park, New Jersey weekly to the New Jersey School of Archery to work with Level 4 Olympic coach Mike Usherenko. Equally, she works with Sports Psychologist Dr. Jarrod Spencer of Bethlehem, PA. "What Laura has achieved in a short time 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; we expect great things from her in 2015.” Dr. Jarrod Spencer adds, "Laura's dedication and diligence to develop her mind [through working the Mind of the Athlete sports psychology curriculum] has been outstanding; I am so happy to see—and it’s no surprise—that her efforts are paying off in the World Indoor Archery Cup."

Mrs. Shelton—sportswoman, architect, designer and mother--holds two degrees in architecture. She received her undergraduate training at the University of Houston, and earned a graduate degree from Columbia University. As a Project Runway TV finalist in 2006, she gained a reputation for designing glamorous but conservative evening wear. Her designs were licensed and sold by QVC. She is 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 with her late husband Peter L Shelton. http://www.facebook.com/laurasheltonarcher

About Indoor Archery World Cup

     The Indoor Archery World Cup is an open-entry international indoor archery competition circuit with stages held throughout the world. It consists of four ranking tournaments and a final, where the season¹s best 16 archers in each division compete for the Indoor Archery World Cup

     The event attracts over 5,000 separate entries each year and is designed to be highly accessible, encouraging participation from aspiring competition athletes as well as those with national team track records.

About The World Archery Federation

     The World Archery Federation (WA) is the world governing body for the sport of archery, recognized by and a core sport of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Universiades, and many other organizations.

     World Archery promotes and regulates archery world-wide from its home offices in Lausanne Switzerland through its Member Associations, in conformity with the Olympic principles. It initiates and interprets the World Archery Rules in the organization of World Championships, World Cups and other international multi-sport events incorporating archery. www.worldarchery.org

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