I was born in the summer of '77 in Carroll County, Georgia. I've been shooting a bow most of my life with my cousin and archery mentor Ted Cotton,my Uncle C.W and Aunt Bert. They got me into Archery when I was just 7 yearsold. We would Bow hunt as much as we could, and I harvested my first deerwith a bow at the age of 12. By that time, we were traveling the IBO Circuitwhere I won a few Nation Titles in the Youth Class, and later we went ontothe ASA Circuit. In high school, however, my life revolved around footballand horses. In late 2003 I did get back into Archery shortly after gettingmarried. My wife and I were at a family get together and she overheard metalking to my cousin about how much I missed shooting Archery and going tothe competitions. She asked me why I stopped, and I didn't really have ananswer. With her encouragement, I have been involved in the Sport of Archeryin many ways since then. From shooting in local tournaments, traveling toNationals, I have been a Staff Shooter for several great companies,I also worked in and managed a Pro-Shop in Bowdon, GA. Due to a majorshoulder injury in mid-2005, I had to put Archery on hold for my shoulderto heal properly. That was a real blow, because I felt like I had just gottenback into the groove of this great sport. Even though I could not competeor shoot at all, I did stay active in the sport by running a local 3DArchery Club - holding local and state tournaments in Douglasville, GA. Finally, in 2008 I was released by my doctors to shoot a limited number oftournaments. I was able to go to a few and won 2 State Titles in Georgia andAlabama. Even though I wanted to shoot more, my shoulder was more damagedthan we realized at that time. In 2011 I was told to find a new hobby by mydoctors. My shoulder could not take the pull and strain of shooting a bowrepletely any more. No hunting, no competing, nothing! It was news that I didnot handle well and was truly saddened by. It was a major disappointment,but I decided I was not going to wallow or just quit. I got online, startedresearching crossbows and took all the info I found back to my doctor to seeif this was the way I would be able to continue in this sport. With mydoctors blessing, I have been competing in the Crossbow Class since 2013.I have placed and won state titles in Georgia and Alabama in the crossbowclass. I really enjoy the competition and camaraderie of this sport. I havelearned a lot, met some great people through the years and realized howblessed I am to do what I love even after I was told I wouldn't be able to.Lord willing, I have many more years left for slinging arrows and enjoyingthis great sport.