PHOENIX -- A Valley man will be looking to shoot his way to gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Brady Ellison of Glendale will enter the London Games as the top-ranked archer in the world.
Ellison began competing in the Junior Olympic Archer Development Program as a kid growing up in Payson. He’s coming off a 2011 season that saw him win 35 of the 37 world ranking events, but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Ellison.
As a kid, Ellison suffered from Perthes Disease, which affected his hips. He was forced to undergo surgery just after the 2008 Olympics to repair a tear in his hip.
Perhaps inspired by his own physical battles, Ellison has worked with and donated money to the Wounded Warrior Project. He’s also routinely donated to the Susan G. Komen Shoot for the Cure cancer foundation.
Ellison also remains committed to archery in Arizona, and assists the Archery in the Schools Program by visiting schools and speaking with young archers.
“Brady Ellison is a terrific role model, not just for young archers, but for young people everywhere,” remarked Larry Voyles, Arizona Game and Fish Director. “His talent, work ethic, commitment to excellence, and desire to make a difference by helping others truly makes him special.”
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