Everett prepared for the world

HERE I COME: Paringa Archery Club member Matthew Everett will represent Australia at World Cup stage 3 in Salt Lake City. Picture: Scott Gelston

HERE I COME: Paringa Archery Club member Matthew Everett will represent Australia at World Cup stage 3 in Salt Lake City. Picture: Scott Gelston

LAUNCESTON archer Matthew Everett says he is ready for his maiden international event in Salt Lake City next week.

The 18-year-old Paringa Archery Club member will fly out on Saturday to represent Australia at the World Cup Stage 3 from June 20-25.

“I’m really excited about it as it’s going to be a really good experience. No matter what I do over there I’m going to be happy with it,” Everett said. 

The former Riverside High student is in reasonable form after returning from April’s youth national archery championships in Morwell, Victoria.

Everett backed up last year’s four podiums from as many events with a silver medal in the clout and long-range target events, bronze in the field and a fourth-place in the short range.

“I knew I could have shot better but I am happy with how I shot,” he said.

“The conditions weren’t the best as it was pretty windy and was raining pretty bad.”

Everett said he began to take the sport seriously about 18 months ago and dreams of competing at an Olympic Games.

He has been training five to six days a week and shooting every ranking event to gain qualifying scores.

“I do want to qualify for more world cups,” he said.

“I just have to get around to the events and shoot the scores and hopefully one day they will bring compound into the Olympics.”

Everett is coached by former world champion Clint Freeman.