Crystal Gauvin
Mackenzie Kieborz

Mackenzie Kieborz

This Friday’s featured female is: Mackenzie Kieborz

There is nothing better than seeing a nomination come through for someone you think is completely deserving of the FFF award, so this week I am so excited to share with you my good friend, Mackenzie Kieborz has been nominated by archer, Sarah Bamberg.

Mackenzie lives in Colorado, and she currently shoots Olympic recurve. However, you may not know this, but she has competed internationally in BOTH compound and recurve. But even more impressive than that….Mackenize has competed both right handed and left!

In Sarah’s words, “Mack has been an asset to my archery adventure and I am sure many others. When I participated in my first competition, she was there to help answer all my questions. She helped me with form, tuning and prepped me for my first USAT tournament the following year. She genuinely wanted me to succeed, her competitor! It blew me away.”

Sarah also had this to say about Mackenzie, “She has a very positive energy no matter the situation. She always helps when asked. She is always boosting my self confidence even when I shoot a 315…. Her dedication to those around her is nothing short of inspiring. I am also pretty sure she has never met a stranger.”

Not only is Mackenzie a great person and archer, she is also a level 4 certified coach with USA Archery. In fact, she spent her time in graduate school, coaching the University of the Cumberlands’ archery team to a National Championship! Anyone who has gone to grad school knows how demanding it can be, yet she managed to find time to fit this in to her hectic schedule.

Want to know another fun fact about Mackenzie? She spent time after grad school running the archery programs at the NFAA Headquarters/Easton Center in Yankton, SD. This meant she spent billions of hours making sure the Vegas Shoot and Indoor World Championships the following week went off without a hitch. Some question how she was able to plan and carry out these events so flawlessly, but if you ask her she won’t take the credit.

In fact, she will tell you it was her team of inmates that she managed that kept things running smoothly. Not many young women in their 20s would be able to keep a large group of inmates inline, but Mackenzie managed to motivate them to succeed in life beyond prison. How? She treated them the same she does everyone else, with respect and dignity, like each and every one of them was her friend.

One thing Sarah and I both agree on, “Bottom line, I wouldn’t be doing this today if it wasn’t for her and I know she has helped so many more of us throughout the years. She definitely deserves to be recognized for being her awesome self!” Help me give Mackenzie the accolades she deserves by liking and sharing this post!

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