Interview with nationally ranked U.S. recurve archer, Alee Vestal-Laborde

US Mag: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Your background, education, Archery passion etc. ??

Originally from North Carolina, but been in Louisiana for the past 7 years. Biochemist to fund my archery training and travel. Lucky to have a job that understands my need to travel to tournaments all over the US throughout the tournament season. I started shooting after grad school and only started taking it seriously in 2015! I’ve been flinging arrows ever since!

 

US Mag: We been hearing a lot about you, so we notice your starting to gain a lot of attention how does it feel?

It’s been a crazy ride. I’ve started out getting asked to do quite a few podcast interviews with different folks and groups and they have all been fun. Two different magazines have done interviews and photo shoots with me and that’s been awesome. Before all of this, I happened to make the top link of Reddit due to my poultry science degree and so I was widely known online as “the chicken girl”. So being known for my archery is probably a step up!

 

US Mag: What kind of training have you had, if any ?

I started off just shooting on my own and watching YouTube videos but I’ve been really lucky to have some professional archery eyes watch me and give me some training. I traveled to a national training center last year and had some big form adjustments that really helped a lot.

 

US Mag: What has been one of the most exciting achievements of your career so far ?

I’ve won a National indoor tournament this past year. That was fun to frame and hang on my archery wall. I shot in the Olympic trials my first year and got the official t-shirt. I kind of want to frame that too!

 

US Mag: What’s your goal in life you want to achieve next?

I’d like to shoot for Team USA internationally! There’s so many great recurve archers and so that’ll take a lot of hard work, but I know that I’ll get there.

 

US Mag: What motivates you to do your best work as a Archer?

Seeing my scores improve as I put in the hard training. Also just that general sense of competitiveness. I love all of the other lady archers, but you still all want to beat each other!

 

US Mag: Did you choose Archery, as a career, or as a hobby?

As a hobby. It’s nearly impossible to make a full living as an archer in this country. But I’m lucky that I enjoy my day job and that it allows me to have my crazy training and tournament schedule.

 

US Mag: Everybody needs time out. What do you do in your free time?

Oh I love to be outdoors and hike any chance I can get. I have a goal to go to all of the national parks and so any vacation that I’m not shooting my bow, I can be found at a park somewhere!

 

US Mag: How can people find you and follow you online?

I’m most well known for my Instagram, which is @bakedfish. Feel free to check it out and follow along with this awesome sport! I post once a day and I have a great community of folks that I chat with on there.

 

 

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