The 2017 3DAAA nationals at Nambucca Heads NSW will be one I’ll always remember. It was as always a lot of fun but with some challenges. I was shooting in a peer group with my brothers girlfriend Annalise and we got to the second target of the weekend and her strings broke. She was understandably upset not only because we’d come so far to shoot but it was also quite a shock. Anna had to go back to the cabins and wasn’t going to shoot for the rest of the weekend but I always bring a spare bow which has come in handy a few times such as that weekend. We got my spare bow set up for her as best we could and she managed to finish the shoot and even beat my score with my own bow. The rest of the weekend was sun and sand which was the best way to finish any shoot. At the presentations dinner I was stuffing my face with lasagne, dinner was great by the way, when I heard my name called out and almost everyone in the room turned around and faced me. I hadn’t realised at the time that I’d won the lucky door prize which was my choice of a new Hoyt bow. It was probably one of the luckiest and best moments I’ve had as I’ve never owned a brand new bow nor a Hoyt. After talking to Abbey archery for only a short time, I now have my brand new Hoyt Prevail FX and I have been practicing with it for a few days and love it as well as the colour too. So I’d like to say a big, big thank you to the 3DAAA committee, Hoyt and Abbey archery. Hopefully this year will be my best.