WUFT News

Olympic committee considers Newberry archery facility as 2016 training site

By and on December 3rd, 2012

 

The United States Olympic Committee was in North Central Florida Monday, visiting Newberry’s Easton Sports Complex to consider its archery facility for a role as an official Olympic training site for the 2016 summer games.

Alicia McConnell, the USOC director of training sites and community partnerships, said the facility is one of 10 sites being considered. Other locations include Atlanta, Chicago and San Antonio, Texas.

Its indoor and outdoor capabilities and “capacity to host a World Cup” have prompted the USOC to consider the Newberry complex among the finalists.

“Well, first of all, it’s a state-of-the-art facility and you have high-level coaches and you have a multitude of equipment so you can have young people all the way up to the highest level athletes train here,” McConnell said.

Local officials came to the visit, too. Congressman-elect Ted Yoho took shots at the archery facility during the visit.

“Oh, it’d be a huge benefit to Newberry. I can’t think of a better place to put it,” Yoho said. “This is Newberry; this is the heart of America.”

He said having the USOC involved in Newberry will show locals “what they can achieve and become.”

Robert Turner, the complex’s head archery coach, said the facility is one-of-a-kind.

“We’ve been open for three years and in that time, we’ve really grown. Looking into the future, this designation, obtaining that, just helps us grow yet again,” he said. “Really, it’s just a matter of engaging more people through archery.”

 


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

BqcMUJ0CcAAuJrS

2 Shot at Apartment Complex, Police Find Suspect Dead

Update 8:30 p.m.: GPD has reported that Gerald Hall has been apprehended. Updates as they are available. Earlier: Update 10 a.m., June 19: GPD is now seeking another suspect in the shooting. Gerald Hall, 43, is wanted for questioning for [...]


For The Women Released After Arrest of CPA, Recovery Just Beginning

A well-known Alachua County accountant has been charged with three counts of human trafficking for keeping women in captivity, offering drugs in exchange for sex and house cleaning.


Group Expanding Investigation into GRU Fee Tax

Seniors vs. Crime is now looking into taxes on gas and water surcharges collected by Gainesville Regional Utilities. The group was previously only investigating a complaint about a tax on electric customer charges collected by GRU.


The fee controversy centers on whether the 10 percent municipality tax should be assessed on the electric customer charge. See the complete GRU bill breakdown.

City Responds to GRU Complaint on Fee Tax

The City Attorney and attorney representing Gainesville Regional Utilities have concluded the tax on the electric customer charge is justified.


The new Fisher House located at 5106 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605. Just across the street from the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

New Fisher House will Provide Lodging to Veterans’ Families

The new Fisher House in Gainesville will allow families of veterans undergoing treatment at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center a place of comfort during treatment.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments