Thursday May 12, 2016
When seventh-grader Austin Mital-Skiff was six or seven, his parents took him to a renaissance festival where a friend of his father’s was “LARPING” (live action role-playing). Wandering about they spotted an archery demonstration and young Mital-Skiff gave it a go. The 12 year old has not looked back since. Mital-Skiff’s hard work and practice paid off recently when he attended the National Field Archery Association tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, where he placed in the top ten archers in his age bracket in the “Recurve Freestyle Limited Youth” Division.
Mital-Skiff, who is from South Burlington and attends the Vermont Commons School, has been shooting with Pelkey’s Archery in St. Albans for the past six years. An athlete who also plays volleyball at Vermont Commons, he says likes archery because “it’s a fun and challenging individual sport.”