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Laredo archer crowned state champion

Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 10:22 AM CST
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - A Laredo athlete is being crowned a state champ in a sport that people only see in movies and TV shows.

Gilbert Garcia was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, a city known for such as soccer, football and basketball’ however, Gilbert recently competed at the state level for archery in Dallas, Texas.

At only 15 years old Gilbert came back home as the state champion, something he says didn’t happen overnight.

Gilbert says, “I felt pretty cool, like it took me a long time to process it because it took a long time and work and like all the time that I practiced outside it just paid off.” He started shooting when he was only three years old and started competing officially seven years later.

Since no school in Laredo has an official UIL archery team, that left no one better to coach him than his own father Gilbert Garcia III who’s always had a passion for the sport. Mr. Garcia says, “I’ve been shooting for more than 30 some years and when he was born the first thing, I wanted to put was a bow in his hand and when he started walking and had a little strength about three years old and he started shooting from then.”

Since the sport isn’t the most popular, Gilbert Garcia Sr. has to sometimes play both roles, the coach and the opponent leaving this father and son duo no option but to compete against each other with neither of them wanting to lose.

Gilbert says, “I usually come outside shoot some warm up rounds my dad gets home and then we usually go against each other so I can have competition and whoever wins has I guess like bragging rights.” The sport of archery has left the Garcia household with countless of good memories, the road trips the competitions and of course the success but for the state champion archery is simply more than a sport.

Gilbert says the sport has allowed him to burn off some steam.

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