England, archery team places third in nation
Mary Beth Sallee
Reporter, Hart Co. News-Herald
Matthew England, a 2020 graduate of Hart County High School, has quite a few archery accolades under his belt.
As a high school athlete, Matthew played an intricate part in helping his team win Nationals for S3DA in 2017. He was also a member of the Hart County 4-H Archery Team that won several 1st place medals in counties all across Kentucky. Matthew also won 1st place awards individually and was twice named Hart County 4-H Archer of the Year.
Since signing to shoot archery with the University of the Cumberlands, Matthew’s archery success has continued at the collegiate level.
He recently won a bronze medal as a member of the Men’s Bowhunter Team at the USA Collegiate Nationals – that’s 3rd in the entire nation.
“When we first started shooting, I was so nervous, but after we took bronze I was so excited,” Matthew said. “It was like a big weight lifted off my shoulders. Winning on a national level was a great accomplishment for me and knowing I was representing my team at the University of the Cumberlands.”
Matthew has been participating in archery for about 10 years, first becoming interested while watching others shoot during his sister, Hannah England’s, archery practices.
“Some of my favorite parts about archery is getting to travel all over Kentucky and surrounding states with my team,” Matthew said. “I love practicing for 3D and field archery.”
At college, Matthew and his team practice every day for at least two hours a day. He also practices on his own time at the archery complex after work.
“My future goal is to win Men’s Bowhunter as an individual and also help my Men’s Bowhunter Team win a national title,” he said.
Matthew is majoring in IT with a focus in Cyber Security and a minor in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Chris and Melinda England of Canmer.