Meet Matt Stutzman “The Armless Archer” in person at the 11th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show!
London 2012 runner-up and two-time Paralympian Matt Stutzman won the compound men’s title at the US National Target Championships in Westfield, Indiana the first week of August, beating winds of up to 30 mph as well as an experienced field that included World Games medallist Kris Schaff and international medallists Steve Anderson and Bridger Deaton.
“I’m still trying to do the pinch-me moment,” Stutzman said to USA Archery. “I’ve been trying to do this all year and it’s surreal. I know the conditions were really rough but I still felt like I shot really good.”
Stutzman, who was born with no arms, won the silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and competed in his second Games in Rio. Prior the 2017 season, he announced he would be focusing on competing in able-bodied and open events with a view to making a US team.
In the US Open Finals, also an able-bodied competition, Matt took second place in a tough battle that went down to the wire.
Matt Stutzman “The Armless Archer”
Matt holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Accurate Archery Shot of 310 yards. A pretty amazing feat for anyone—but for someone with no arms, that is incredible! Matt is also a 2016 Team USA Paralympian, a 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist, and a professional motivational speaker. You don’t want to miss his inspiring presentation.
Inexplicably born without arms in December of 1982, Matt’s birthparents were soon overwhelmed with the obvious challenges that lay ahead. He was put up for adoption, and in January of 1983, Matt was welcomed into the home of Leon and Jean Stutzman.
A remarkably patient, compassionate and strong willed couple, the Stutzman’s guided Matt through a youth of seemingly insurmountable obstacles of everyday living largely taken for granted in an able-bodied world. Their philosophy was simple; Matt was permitted to try almost anything…if he could do it on his own. Years later, the result is a extraordinary young man, a family man, who can do virtually anything with his feet.
Though originally fitted for prosthetic arms as a child, Matt found them cumbersome and…unnatural. Today, perhaps the most remarkable thing about Matt is that he lives without prosthetics, in a completely un-adapted world. His home, car and life are void of modifications of any sort. He lives in the same world you do and has found a way to do virtually everything with his feet. This includes eating, grooming and writing…as well as playing the guitar, car maintenance and of course, extraordinary abilities with a bow and arrow.
Matt’s original interest in marksmanship began when he learned to shoot a gun, and then taught himself to shoot a penny at 50yards away. He took to a bow and arrow so as to join his father while hunting. Eventually it became his passion and evolved into his dream to become the world’s best archer.
Though many may argue otherwise, Matt considers his physical challenges to be advantageous to archery. His necessary style of shooting with his leg provides great stability with the bow, and a lifetime of indescribable patience and tenacity are deeply ingrained characteristics that would serve any athlete, in any sport, well.
As a member of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Archery Team, Matt competed 2012 London Games that culminated with a Silver Medal.
Dubbed The Armless Archer, Matt’s remarkable story has captured the attention of the media around the world. A natural publicspeaker, he regularly uses humor (at his own expense) and remarkable demonstrations of his foot skills, to engage audiences of all kinds who are left entertained, inspired and believing anything is possible.
Matt did an outstanding job. He was a homerun!!! And having him shoot his bow was icing on the cake. He had the audience laughing so hard…it was amazing! Great message. It was THE message our group needed to hear.
Director, National Events
Matt was not just an outstanding addition to the program today…he was the HIT of the program today! What an unbelievable guy with such great perspective, attitude, and enthusiasm. His sense of humor is infectious and something we can all learn from, to enjoy every minute and smile. His ‘creative thinking’ and ‘let’s figure it out’ message was spot on for the corporate environment. I have received countless emails from attendees today and they were incredibly moved by his message. I can’t say enough about today –so just THANK YOU.
The Kellogg Company
Thank you again for your assistance with booking Matt Stutzman. Matt was perfect for Arvest’sAnnual Culture Rally. He was quite the motivational speaker! His approachable demeanor made his message that much more relatable and inspiring to our associates. His was encouraging and his presentation will be talked about for years to come.
As you know, Matt spoke to approximately 300 military veterans and reservists for a special Veteran’s Day event….. His talk was funny, informative, entertaining, moving and inspiring. His archery demonstration had the crowd cheering. When he was done, the audience gave him a standing ovation.
Steve Kipp–SVP, Comcast
Just wanted say thanks again for the awesome speech today! You talked to long tenured sales rep and I heard many of them say that you were one of the best motivational speakers they heard during their career!