CHICO, Calif. - A 24-year-old Red Bluff native dominated two of the biggest archery tournaments in the world in Las Vegas, NV.
Paige Pearce, through all the nerves, won the 2020 Vegas Shoot and the Indoor World Series Final all in the same weekend. Some call the Vegas Shoot the "Super Bowl of archery," and rightfully so.
Pearce competed among 3800 other contestants and still won, but it was how she won that was even more special. Pearce says, "I was actually the only woman left standing that was still clean which means that I hadn’t dropped a point yet so I knew if I could shoot one more clean round I would win."
She became just the sixth woman in tournament history to score a perfect 900 in her victory, but it didn't come without some nerves.
"My legs were shaking like my whole body was shaking, I actually stood on the line and like shook my hand out before I drove back and I just took a second to kind of stay calm collect myself take a few deep breaths," Pearce added, "I drew back for a really long time, but when the shot broke I knew it was there...it was the craziest rush of emotion."
Emotions that stemmed from a life-long love for archery. Pearce says, "I actually started shooting at the age of two. My parents both shot and so they shot local tournaments, and they would just drag me with them put me in a stroller."
Yet, she still participated. "I'd stand up, they'd have me shoot, put me back in the stroller, and take me to the next target," said Pearce.
The 24-year-old added, "I think that kind of helped me build that love and passion for the sport that I carried into life later as a professional."
So what's next for the Red Bluff native? She says a lot is on the way because, "...while the Vegas Shoot is the super bowl of archery in general, it's an indoor event and so we only have two more indoor events for the year. We're going to transition to the outdoor season and so it's really nice because we're so often mixing up the type of event that we're shooting. It kind of keeps you on your toes and keeps you involved and motivated."