It’s not uncommon to dream of being the world’s best, but for West Virginia University sophomore Jeremiah Parsons, that dream has become a reality. Twice.
Parsons, a West Virginia native and computer engineering student, won the 2015 International Bowhunting Organization World Championship title this past Sunday (Jan. 18). This is his second consecutive world championship in ‘Hunter Class’ archery while enrolled at WVU.
The IBO Indoor World Championship competition was held in Parma, Ohio, where Parsons scored 430 points out of a maximum score of 440 points, hitting the bulls-eye 32 times. Jeremiah’s 17-year-old brother, Nathaniel Parsons, won a World Championship title the same day in the youth division.
“Archery runs deep in our family’s veins,” said Stephanie Myers, mother of the Parsons brothers. “Between these two archers West Virginia has many world and national titles coming into the state. These two are arguably the best pair of archers in the world.”
Parsons, currently the WVU Archery Team president, started shooting a bow with his father when he was 6-years-old, and started competing at 15 as a freshman on the Parkersburg High School archery team.
An accomplished shooter, and well-known in the archery world, he came to WVU as a two-time state champion and four-time all-state member.
“In our family, we have learned from each other to perfect our sport. Now that we have perfected it, we can teach others, those especially in the Mountain State,” said Jeremiah.
The International Bowhunting Organization was created in 1984 by a dedicated group of bowhunters to ensure that the sport and the ideals of wildlife conservation will survive, expand and flourish. In addition to being shared, enjoyed and passed on to future generations.
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