Kristen Sottolano, 43, of New Tripoli, is no ordinary housewife. If you’re a male bowhunter, she may be the ideal wife.
Sottolano, married and a mother, is also a bowhunter who just won the ladies division of the International Bowhunters Organization’s (IBO) World Archery Tournament held recently in Holiday Valley, NY. Sottolano bested a field of lady archers from across the country by shooting a total score of 462-11X’s.
Sottolano, a lifelong resident of New Tripoli and a 1985 graduate of Northwestern H.S., began her bow shooting sport thanks to her husband who is also a 3D archery target shooter and avid bowhunter.
Having competed locally in local tournaments, Sottolano took a few years leave of sorts from competitive 3D shooting. She recently started up again and regained her knack for precision shooting where she is frequently seen practicing at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club on the outskirts of Allentown.
In our phone interview, the lady archer said she used a Darton compound bow, Gold Tip arrows, a Carter release aid, carbon arrows and a Doinker stabilizer to win her World title.
Prior to competing in the IBO Worlds, Sottolano said she qualified by shooting local events to earn her a spot at the World’s where females, males even youngsters compete using recurve, stick and compound bows.
The International Bowhunting Organization, headquartered in Vermillion, Ohio, is an international organization that celebrated its 25th anniversary back in 2009. Its preamble is to promote, encourage and foster the sport of bowhunting and conservation; provide bowhunter education; serve as a liaison for the betterment of bowhunters; function as a clearing house for essential bowhunter information; preserve wildlife and solidify the unification of bowhunters worldwide.
As for the Worlds that Sottolano competed in, IBO sanctions their Triple Crown of Bowhunting that consists of three national tournaments hosted in separate states. The Triple Crown, culminates with the crowning of national champions of various age, sex and equipment classes. The series continues to expand each year and has become the undisputed indicator of the best individual performers and equipment in the sport of 3D archery and bowhunting.
IBO also works with archery manufacturers and gives their seal of approval on gear and intercedes (and defends) hunting related topics and issues.
For her win, Sottolano said she won a silver IBO belt buckle and $173 as first place prize. She also received some winnings from her various archery sponsors that totaled around $400.
Look to see Sottolano compete again and retain her crown next year when the IBO World championships are held Aug. 8-12 in Stever Springs, Pennsylvania.
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