Chuck Lear, our Associations, long time Treasurer, wasn't able to make this year’s reunion in San Diego, for the first time in decades because of a schedule conflict. But he wasn't taking it easy.
Chuck, a double amputee Viet Nam Veteran, is a World ranked Para Archery Competitor, who competes year round in qualifying matches for both the Para Worlds and the Para Olympics. This time he was busy in Donaueschingen, Germany, competing in the Para World Championships. (Hope they didn't have to spell it first)
The USA Team had missed the Gold Medal for the last two World Championships, by 1 point. This year they wanted to change that.
During the competition at this year’s Worlds, the USA Team set a new World Record score, letting the other Teams know they were in it to win it, this year.
In the medal qualifying round they first faced China, and finished the round victorious.
In the finals they would face the #1 Team in the World, Russia.
At the end of the Championship match the 2 Countries 3 man teams were tied, forcing a "Sudden Death" shoot off.
The Teams would have 2 minutes to shoot 6 arrows, but a Team member couldn't draw an arrow from his quiver , to shoot, until the shooter before him had fired and said "Go".
When the last arrow had been shot, the USA Team was atop the leader board as the new World Champions, by 2 points. Silver Medal - Russia, Bronze - China.
The USA will be the reigning World Champions for the next two years.
CONGRATULATIONS CHUCK !!
You were missed at the reunion, with many inquiring about you and Carol. When they were told you were representing our Country at the Para World Championships, it made us all a little prouder of you.
Chuck said that sitting on the medal stand, listening to your Countries National Anthem being played, as the Gold Medal Winners, is a feeling beyond description.
We hope you hear it many more times, Chuck.
l to r: Chuck Lear , Jerry Shields and Jeff Fabry