David Drahoninsky: Archery is a way of life

Top tips, advice and insight from the world’s best international archers.

Want to see inside the mind of an international archery athlete? We’ll be asking some of the world’s best for advice, expertise and an idea of their approach to the sport. 

This time, London and Rio Paralympic silver medallist and reigning European and World Champion David Drahoninsky answers our questions…

1. What makes the perfect archer?

I think one has to understand that archery is not about racing and beating opponents. It's a sport, but at the core it is an art and for me a way of life.

2. YOUR ADVICE TO BEGINNER ARCHERS

In archery, one must combine both physical and mental strength. Archers can develop both of these aspects, but every person is different and each archer has a different balance and approach – and must find what he or she likes.

3. Why do you compete?

Before, I wanted to win, but I've won everything. I needed to learn to lose first – and that is not possible without competition.

4. WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING BACK TO YOUR BOW?

The maximum score in the qualification round is 720 points, and I still haven't shot it yet… Each time we shoot is a new challenge and opportunity to push our limits and abilities. I still I have a lot to learn!

5. HOW DO YOU relax?

I use a lot of different activities or thoughts: I do hand-cycling, fishing, I spend my time with friends and family or do mental exercises.

6. Who’s your favourite person to shoot with?

Each of my opponents is, for me, an archer who trains and to whom I wish success. At the beginning of the match we both start with zero, and at the end one of us has a smile on his face…

7. What's your mental secret?

I have a lot of mental secrets. I spend a lot of time on mental training and that, I think, is what brings me success.

World Archery’s International Archer Q&A series spotlights some of the sport’s best athletes. Got a question to ask? Contact us via @worldarchery on Twitter.