Georgia Southern student represents USA Team at World University Games
July 3, 2019
When 19-year-old Georgia Southern student and archer Adam Heidt arrives in Naples, Italy, this month, he’ll compete against some of the top collegiate athletes in the world as he works toward his goal of one day qualifying for the Olympics.
Heidt, a Springfield, Georgia, native, will
join other college athletes at the summer World University Games (WUG) to
represent USA Team in the individual, team and mixed team archery
WUG is an international multi-sport
competition held every two years and is open to collegiate athletes around the
world. This year’s event is set for July 3 through 14. Heidt placed in the top
two at the USA Archery Collegiate Nationals, which earned him a spot on the USA
Team for the WUG.
“Making this team was one of my big goals for
this year, so I’m very excited for the opportunity,” Heidt said. “I’m most
looking forward to the opening ceremonies as well as catching up with friends
from other international events I’ve been to.”
Heidt has been competing in archery since he
was 12 and competed on a national level at age 14.
“I was also a resident athlete at the Chula
Vista Olympic Training Center (California) for two years from 2016 to 2018
where I was training full time and finishing high school online,” Heidt said.
“When I started college, I knew that competing at the collegiate level was
something I wanted to do.”
Heidt’s ultimate goal is to compete at the
Olympics, although it hasn’t come without challenges. Being a part of the team
at WUG and competing at this level has helped him refocus on that goal.
“This last year I’ve really struggled with my
motivation to continue shooting and questioning if pursuing this next Olympics
is something I want to do,” Heidt said. “But I’ve slowly been getting that
drive back and making this team has really helped me find a reason to