Wednesday, May 15, 2019

S3DA Names Gattorna as Northeastern National Outreach Coordinator

Williamsburg, KY – Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Bob Gattorna of Connecticut as the S3DA Northeastern National Outreach Coordinator which will significantly increase participation within the program in the Northeastern states by emphasizing communication from the national to local level, as well as ensuring that there is consistency in following the rules, mission and ethical stance of the S3DA program. Bob will work directly with State Coordinators in the Northeast region to educate them on how to be effective leaders and promoters of S3DA in their respective states.

Gattorna was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin and raised in Enfield, Connecticut from the age of 5. He became interested in archery at the age of nine when he was given a fiberglass recurve as a birthday gift and the interest blossomed from there. In high school, Bob took his hunter education class and started out small game hunting. He enjoyed it so much that he began deer hunting with a shotgun, eventually buying his first compound bow, which provided him the opportunity to be in the woods even more. Bob said, “I got my dad started with bowhunting in his sixties. I go deer hunting every year with my dad, who is currently a young 81-year-old. We do black powder, rifle and bowhunting together.”

Bob Gattorna is a Certified Archery Technician (helping at shops and shows) and current Pro Staff for PSE Archery and Mossy Oak. He is the Vice President of the Northeast Championship Series (NECS) which was organized in 2013 by a group of archers throughout the Northeast to promote archery and specifically competitive 3-D archery. Working with a national 3-D organization, NECS tripled archer participation and created two tournament series within the Northeast. Bob enjoys working with youth, introducing them to the sport of archery and hunting. Some of his accomplishments include:

  • PSE Certified Technician, Shooter/Instructor and Dealer School Certification with Instructor George Chapman in 2005.
  • USAA/NFAA Archery Instructor Level I Certification in 2013.
  • USAA/NFAA Archery Instructor Level II Certification in 2015.
  • IBO State Rep for Connecticut, oversaw IBO qualifiers, recruited clubs, individuals, and pro from 2013-2015.
  • IBO Northeast Regional Coordinator and oversaw New England and New York State Reps in selecting clubs, running shoots and raising awareness of the IBO in the area. Oversaw the New England Championship Series, New York State Championship Series and New England Traditional Rendezvous from 2014-2018.

Bob first heard about S3DA at an ATA show when he was working a booth right next to S3DA’s. Since that day, S3DA has always been in the back of Bob’s mind as a program that would work well in the Northeast. As the S3DA National Northeastern Outreach Coordinator, Bob would like to further communication and organization between all the Northeast State Coordinators. His passion is to grow archery, so future generations will continue what their forefathers left them. Bob feels the only way to grow archery is to work together as a team and that is exactly what he looks to accomplish in this role.

Started in December 2012 by the Scholastic Archery Association, S3DA has grown exponentially as a next step program to follow introductory programs offered as part of 4-H or the National Archery in Schools Program. S3DA addresses the need for a program to bridge beginning target archery experience and more advanced activities such as 3-D shooting and bowhunting. The program currently operates across the United States with hundreds of certified coaches serving thousands of young archers, grades 3–12. For more information on S3DA membership go to:WWW.S3DA.ORG or email: Check out S3DA on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram