One Grande Prairie youth has the home team advantage in next year’s Alberta Winter Games.
12-year-old Shantel Pelletier has been training hard and shooting sharp for half her life. The young archer says the sport is “in her blood,” and the opportunity to show off her skills at a provincial level is validating.
“My Dad has been doing it for like 30, or like 20 years, [and] he’s the reason I got into archery,” she says. “I was training against four other people [and] it was really cool to be honest.”
Pelletier says her game plan is to go into the games with a winning mindset while remembering to have fun and embrace the opportunity.
“I’m [looking forward to] winning medals to show my friends.”
Pelletier says her advice for any young athletes competing is to “Have fun, be yourself, and just remember that you got it,” and she says she looks forward to competing at home in Grande Prairie.