Young London, Ont. archer hopes for bulls-eye at Canada Winter Games

17-year-old London, Ont. archer Ryli Valliere will be representing Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.

Ryli Valliere fell in love with the bow and arrow after watching the movie Narnia

Archer Ryli Valliere spoke to London Morning host Julianne Hazlewood on Friday. (Julianne Hazlewood)

Ryli Valliere is a long way from the days when she picked up sticks on her way home from school to fashion into bows and arrows. 

The 17-year-old Catholic Central High School student is off to Alberta for the Canada Winter Games, one of a handful of athletes from London who will be representing the province at the games. 

"I absolutely love archery," said Valliere, who first fell in love with the sport after watching the movie Narnia, in which one of the female protagonists is an excellent archer. 

"I used to pick up sticks and make them into bows and arrows until my mom finally relented and said, 'Fine, let's get you archery lessons,'" Valliere said. 

The kicker was that Valliere couldn't shoot in the house. Instead, she practices both inside and outside at clubs here in London. 
Ryli Valliere, 17, will be competing as part of Team Ontario in the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. (Supplied)

The name of her bow is Deadpool. 

"I'm very attached to it. Sometimes, my coach or other people pick it up and I get anxious. I'm like, 'Get away from it, it's mine,'" Valliere joked. 

She still remembers her first archery lesson. 

"It was incredible. So much fun, difficult at first, I was just so giddy. I looked back at my mom, she was nodding her head, smiling so big at me," Valliere said. 

In Alberta, she'll be shooting three arrows and 20 ends. That means she'll shoot three times, go to the target to see her score, then come back and shoot another three — 20 times. The score is out of 600.

"We have a lot of focus training and visualization has helped me shoot better, by visualizing me hitting that bulls-eye, hitting it every single time," Valliere says.