I’m Taylor Cundiff I’m 26 years old I work for the Somerset police department and live in Somerset, Kentucky. I started out getting in to shooting a bow through my grandpa and starting hunting with him. When I was in elementary school, I started shooting in the school program in a basement of one of the local doctors’ offices that let us start the new program down there. Mr. Tommy Floyd was one of these original coaches that started our program in Somerset at the time and from then on it took off like wildfire. That’s all I wanted to do it’s all I could think about. With a lot of hard work and practice I won my first state title as an elementary school student and later in that year I won my first national championship in 2005 I was in 4th grade back then I shot a 286 that year to win the elementary division and got a spot in the scholarship shoot off and ended up walking away with a check for that. In 2007 I also won state and a national title in the elementary division and also won a couple more state and regional titles around that time. NASP was all I wanted to do at that time I dreamed about it. It was such a big part of my life then. I got some opportunities to meet some wonderful and helpful people in this profession that pushed me and help me go other ways in archery and not just shoot NASP. I met Mrs. Jennie Richardson and got started in ASA archery and IBO and the NFAA archery I was lucky enough to have been help and coached by her and the late Mr. Curtis Beverly who I give a lot of my credit to for believing in me and pushing me To my limits of shooting and making me a better shooter. I’ve been all over the United States from the southern U.S to the west in Las Vegas shooting archery. It truly is a sport that anyone can do.
You will meet wonderful people along the way that will have the knowledge to help you and get you started. Something I would say to someone just starting out would be practice and don’t get discouraged when you have a off shot or Just having a bad day it happens but don’t ever give up on being better it takes time and practice. Always strive to be better than you are now. When I was in elementary school shooting NASP I would see Mr. Graham and Mr. Grady Cofield shooting high scores and that would drive me to work harder and push myself to the limit because I wanted to be up there with them and betting those scores. And with a little work and practice at school and at home it was possible. If you are interested in getting into archery reach out to someone in your area that will help you get started and get on the right path. You won’t regret it. It is such a fun and rewarding sport to get into. It can change your life.