New homes expert Jacqueline is taking aim at $400,000 Las Vegas archery challenge
01 February 2018
New homes sales advisor Jacqueline Hunt is heading for the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to compete in the world's most prestigious indoor archery competition.
Jacqueline, a member of the Bovis Homes sales team at the Paragon location in Cambridge, is joining archers from around the globe to take part in the Las Vegas Shoot – a three-day competition (February 9-11) worth $400,000 in total prize money.
She was delighted to finish last year as the number one female barebow archer in the GB Archery rankings, excelling in the stripped-down, no-frills form of the sport that takes place outdoors.
The indoor nature of the Las Vegas Shoot means the odds are stacked against Jacqueline, who lives just outside St Neots, picking up a share of the winnings in the gambling capital of the world.
But with her flights and hotel booked, she is hoping to hit the right note at the South Point Hotel as the likes of Elton John, Diana Ross and Cher perform their biggest hits at neighbouring entertainment venues.
“It all feels a bit scary, now it's just around the corner, but I'm sure I will be absolutely fine once I'm there and the competition starts,” explained Jacqueline, who will compete in the $19,000 Championship Barebow.
“My forte is outdoor shooting – I enjoy the wind and the rain – over distances of around 70 metres.
“You tend to shoot over much shorter distances indoors, normally around 20 yards, and it feels far more intense. The targets in the United States are normally far lower than ours too, so taking all that into account, I will be very happy to finish in the middle of the pack.
“This year, the idea is to see what it's all about and then, if we enjoy it, we plan to go back and try and conquer the world in the next few years!”
Jacqueline will be accompanied on the trip by her husband Alan and friends from Kestrels Archery Club in Bedfordshire.
She has turned out to be a real natural at the sport since picking up a bow and arrow for the first time just over four years ago because it was a sport that she, Alan and her children Nathan and Georgina could all enjoy together.
As well as being GB number one, she has reached the status of Grand Master Bowman, an accolade reserved for the top one per cent of archers in the UK.
“Competitions tend to be held on Saturday or Sundays and my Bovis Homes manager Hayley has been very supportive in allowing me flexibility in my working week to compete, for which I am very grateful,” she added.