'Sweet Spot' With Mike Sugerman: Queens Man On Path To Become Pro Archer At 43

October 11, 2018 - 8:52 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A Queens man has decided not to let age get in the way of his passion, and is on a path to realize his dream – using a bow and arrow.  

As WCBS 880's Mike Sugerman told us in this week's "Sweet Spot," when Storm Elazar walked through the doors of the Pro Line Archery Lanes, his life changed.

“I make my first step inside the door, and I thought, ‘This is me,’” he said.

The doors opened Elazar to the world of archery. He walked into Prolines, and he was off.

“I’m on a journey to become a pro archer, and give myself one year to get there,” he said.

A pro archer in a year – at age 43? That’s certainly shooting for the stars? How many people have done that before?

“None,” Elazar said. “They all start about five to seven years old.”

Jack Danley is a pro who is among those helping Elazar with the quixotic dream.

“He is doing something that nobody has done before,” Danley said of Elazar.

Elazar came to Pro Line to have something do with his daughter, and she kind of liked it. But it became his passion.

“It’s a destiny. It’s really a destiny that when I shoot, I feel this is what I’m supposed to be doing,” he said.

Elazar is a successful construction executive who now finds time to train five or six days a week, shooting hundreds of times to get the skills that people develop over a lifetime.

“At a late age, it’s very difficult,” Danley said. “The stamina; you have to do a lot of training.”

You need upper body strength, hand-eye coordination, endurance, and passion. Of that Elazar has an endless supply.

“They say if there’s a will, there’s a way, and that’s my will, and this is my way to do it,” Elazar said.

Along the way, photographer and colleague Henry Meinking is documenting the journey, in a hope to inspire others.

“There’s not a lot of videos out there,” Meinking said. “Mainly what’s out there is about showing how to shoot or telling them about bows and stuff like that, but he’s doing it a different way and showing how to get there; what steps he’s taking.”

“I’m 43, but I feel like I’m 17,” Elazar said.

His goal is to make pro by the Lancaster Archery Classic in January, and he knows at this point, he has a shot.