Tennessee Barebow Archer Joella Bates Named to Team USA

17 Aug

“Dreams do come true,” Joella Bates said after realizing she was one of 23 archers from the United States to be named to TEAM USA to compete at the World Archery 3-D Championship in Robion, France from September 15th-24th. Joella is one of the 3 women barebow competitors who will shoot for top honors against competitors from the 45 countries invited to field teams. Bates is honored to be part of the first American Team to compete in the World Archery 3-D Championship since the event’s inception in 2003. There have been American archers participate and medal, but our country has not fielded a team until now.

Why? We speculate that the costs of competing are probably the big reason why we have not had a team represent the USA until now. Joella adds, “USA Archery covers the expenses for archers competing in the Olympics, but the World Teams are responsible for their own expenses. I am putting together fundraising programs to help me cover my costs and allow me to focus on training to prepare for the event. I need your help getting the word out. Contact me for interviews and to learn how you can help with the fundraising.”

As many of you know, Joella is an ultimate outdoors gal. She can do it all–hunt, fish, and shoot any type of weapon with considerable skill. She shoots compound bows, crossbows, recurve bows and longbows and has claimed nine 3-D Archery World Championship titles and earned more than $100,000 in tournaments along with winning many national, regional, state and local titles. In 2017, Bates became the Female Traditional Class winner in multiple events. “All told, I had 11 of 15 first place finishes with recurve barebow,” said Bates. She will represent the USA in the Women’s barebow class at the World Archery 3-D World Championships in France in September.

Since she began bowhunting in 1989, Bates has taken 80 different species of animals with her bows. She is the first woman bowhunter to harvest a Cape buffalo in 2001; a wild turkey Grand Slam in 2004; the African Big Five (lioness, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and a green hunted white rhinoceros) in 2009, She is also the first bow hunter male or female to take the African Big Five in a single safari in less than 30 days.

Bates is a wildlife professional and dedicated outdoors participant and promoter. She has worked as a naturalist, TWRA wildlife officer, fisheries manager, environmental scientist, professional archer, outdoors promoter, freelance writer, speaker, archery coach/trainer, a sales associate with TKL Outdoors, and representative/trainer with Global Archery.

Bates was the state coordinator for the S3DA (Scholastic 3-D Archery) program in Tennessee and Arkansas. Since July of 2015, she has been the National Training Specialist for the S3DA Program, traveling around the country training both basic and advanced instructors. She has trained approximately 150 instructors since May of 2015. In February, Bates became the assistant archery coach for Bethel University where she will focus on recruitment and skills development for the team.

Bates owns JOCAMPS and Operation Outdoor Outreach in which she conducts outreach programs, archery boot camps and retreats that connect youth, women and families with the outdoor world through archery and other outdoor programs. She also conducts motivational programs: “Be A Winner,” “Putting Life on Target,” “DREAMS” and “No Excuses – No Limits.” She uses archery as a demonstration tool and follows the program with an opportunity to shoot bows and arrows with her.

After attending the University of Tennessee at Martin on a rifle scholarship and earning a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, she added an M.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Fisheries Management from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. In 1996, Bates was inducted into the UTM Athletic Hall of Fame for the sport of rifle.

Currently, Bates is a freelance writer with credits in Hey Y’all, Huntress Life, BLAZE, RACK and Buckmasters magazines, as well as in various newspapers and on websites. She is very active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Other recognitions include being honored as a Kentucky Colonel and being inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame and the Outdoor Channel’s Circle of Honor. Bates will present “Archery, the Sport for a Lifetime” to attendees of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s annual conference in October.

For interviews or to learn how you can help, contact Joella Bates by email at joellabates@gmail.com or 859-421-3506. Learn more at https://usaarchery.rallyme.com/rallies/7925/joella or follow Joella’s Journey at https://www.facebook.com/joellabates.

Click on the following link to learn about Joella’s t-shirt campaign to raise funds for her trip to compete. Joella t-shirt campaign