The Maguglins were up against 300 archers from across the state, who were divided into age group categories.
These Oakville siblings have been shooting since they were toddlers and practice daily with their family in addition to their work with Brush Country Archery, which is coached by their mom, Sobrina Maguglin.
“Sometimes, we are really competitive,” Syndilyn said.
Because their ages are so close and their practices match up, it was a tennis match between the two for who would come out on top. Where one did well, the other would come back on top in the next event.
Landyn was the least likely to win the modified 600 event but came back focused and ready to win.
“One of the hardest events for me is the modified 600,” Landyn said.
But Landyn stepped up to the challenge and placed first in modified 600, and Syndilyn came in third. Then Syndilyn came back and placed first in field shooting, and Landyn placed second. Syndilyn also placed first in team relay, an event which has randomly assigned teammates, and Landyn came in third. He also won the clout competition.
“Many of the events were one point apart,” Sobrina said. “For a family to finish off that close in scores, it made me happy that their focus was identical. They went in with similar ability and perfect focus; one arrow makes or breaks the deal. It was a tight race.”
The Maguglins held a bake sale prior to the competition to raise funds for their trip, earning $200 on July 12.
“Part of that was teaching the kids to earn their money to go somewhere,” Sobrina said.
Syndilyn said they started getting serious about competing when they were six or eight years old and started going to the bigger shooting competitions.
“I got first (place) at the first one I went to, and I was like ‘whoa,’” Landyn said.
Syndilyn said practicing with their family and with Brush Country Archery was the key to their success, as she quoted Psalms 18:34.
“He trains my hands for battle, so I can bend a bow of bronze,” Syndilyn said. “The focus, the hard work, the more energy you put into it — you have to be serious.”
Sobrina said being mature enough to focus and have the physical and mental abilities match while competing is a big part of the discipline of the sport and how the kids are able to compete so well.
“As a parent and coach, you know they have the ability to win,” Sobrina said. “It was super exciting to have done so well and have had so much competition.”
Although the siblings excel under the pressures of competing and have a solid history of winning, they maintain a level of sportsmanship well beyond their age. Sobrina said while Landyn and Syndilyn were competing in districts, they helped an 8-year-old girl who was up against them and kept her spirits up when she couldn’t reach the target.
“It’s not about winning in a competition; it’s about beating your personal best score,” Sobrina said.
The Maguglins said they wanted to thank their sponsor, Black Swan’s owner Arvid Danielson, their family and friends, and God for their success in archery. Black Swan’s sponsorship provides them with their shooting equipment.