North Routt North Routt resident Nikki Haverstock seemed to be in the right place with the right person at the right time, and now things are falling into place.
The career archer will host "Nock Out," an archery competition show that debuts at 11 a.m. Friday on the NBC Sports Network.
“I knew show creator Robert Hanson when we both lived in Southern California,” Haverstock said. “Years and years, I saw him at the same tournaments. I saw him, and he said he was going to do an archery reality show. I love archery and love reality TV. He said, ‘By the way, I’m going to need a host if you know anyone.’ I said, ‘I should do it.’”
The show is set to debut 2 1/2 years later, and it comes at a time when archery is at its hottest.
Thanks in part to the hit book series “The Hunger Games” and the 2012 Olympics in London, archery has seen some of its biggest growth in the United States.
Haverstock said that was a big part of the motivation for getting the show rolling.
The crew filmed for three weeks at a dude ranch in northwest Arkansas, and the show follows 12 of the top archers from across the country through a competition that is whittled down to one winner.
It’s similar to History Channel’s “Top Shot.”
Haverstock hadn’t done much television work but was an adjunct professor at Biola University in Los Angeles, where she taught archery for eight years.
She also had an esteemed career competing, ranking as high as ninth in the country in the Archery Rolling Rankings and 13th in the USAT rankings.
She said her time teaching helped her with public speaking and made hosting easy. She said the tough part was getting used to all of the moving parts of the camera crew.
She also knew most of the contestants from various competitions throughout the years.
“My view is the show is for anybody interested in competing or in archery,” she said. “I think of it having a broad appeal. People that are not archers will enjoy the show. It’s not super technical, and you don’t have to know a lot about archery to understand it.”
Haverstock and her husband moved to Routt County two years ago to live and work at the Lazy C 2 Bar Ranch.
The lifestyle provided them a chance to get out of Southern California and for Haverstock to practice her archery as much as she could.
“I really think we’re on the cusp of making this a mainstream sport,” she said.
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