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Teen with ties to Madison makes archery world team

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Ryan Oliver, whose parents William and Kim Oliver are from Madison, has made the 2015 World Archery Youth Championship Team. He will represent his country this summer, competing against athletes from sixty countries for the coveted title of World Champion. World Archery Youth Championships are conducted every two years. Only three archers in Ryan’s division will represent USA, and Oliver is the number one qualifier. Oliver is a two year member of the United States Archery National Team. He is currently ranked number one in the nation in the 15-17 year old division, with three wins under his belt this season already. He is also a three year member of the USA Archery Junior Dream Team. Athletes are selected to this team based on performance and groomed as Olympic hopefuls. The archers train three times a year at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California with Olympic Coaches and staff. Ryan’s summer and fall will be very busy. In June he heads to Youth World Championships in Yankton, South Dakota. In July, he will compete in Alabama for the US National Outdoor title. Then he heads to Rome, Italy to represent the United States at the European Youth Championships. His outdoor season will end in College Station Texas at the first stage of the 2016 Olympic Trials. Oliver will compete to finish in the top sixteen and advance to the remaining two trials for a spot on the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Beyond his archery goal of making the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Teams, Oliver is also a certified coach. He occasionally offers lessons to kids in the community. Last year he saw a need for archers to have well-made and affordable bowstrings, so he started a small business: ArrowDynamic Bowstrings. This fifteen year old volunteers with his local archery club, hosting “Try Archery” booths. He is also a disciplined student, scheduled to dual enroll at Santa Fe College this fall and eventually earn engineering and business degrees. Archery is a family affair for this family. Parents, William and Kim are also certified volunteer coaches and Ryan’s sister, Ragan also competes. Ryan is the grandson of Tommie Oliver and the late Bill Oliver of Madison, Faye Kervin of Lee and Mickey and Deborah Kervin of Colorado. Follow this young man with Madison County roots on his Facebook athlete page: Ryan Oliver Archery.

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