Armless Archer Sets Guinness World Record
If you've ever wondered what determination looks like, take a good long stare at Matt Stutzman.
You wouldn't be the first. Stutzman was born without arms, but he compensates with creativity and the will to succeed.
"Even at a young age, I remember always trying to do stuff and I'd ask for help with my parents and my parents would always tell me, in a nice way, 'Try to figure it out first before we help you,'" he says.
He turned his determination into success on the archery range. Two years ago we figured out his unique release system. Stutzman adjusts the bow with his toes, holds it with his right foot, and brings up the arrow with his left.
"My feet are my hands, so I just and hold it the same way they would with their hands," he explains.
Using a release aid, he hooks the string to his shoulder before taking aim and letting go. He's vying for a spot on the 2012 US Paralympic Team. In September Stutzman hit a shot from more than two football fields away- 230 yards to be exact, breaking a Guinness World Record for the longest shot on target. It was 14 yards better than the old one set by a man who had both arms.
"I believe how I shoot is an advantage, because I use my leg and my leg is the strongest part of my body," he says.
Not counting his inner drive of course, which has him eyeing the able-bodied competition with one ultimate goal.
"I want to be the best archer in the world...hands down...the best archer in the world," Stutzman says.