Utah's Olympic medal hopeful and champion archer Denise Parker is featured in the June issue of National Geographic World magazine.
Denise, 14, of South Jordan, is pictured in the magazine's "Kids Did It!" section of the educational magazine, published by the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. More than a million people subscribe to the magazine.Denise became an Olympian last Wednesday by winning the Olympic Trials for Archery in Oxford, Ohio. She will travel to Seoul, South Korea, with her family in September to participate in the Olympics.
Utahns have the opportunity to support Denise by donating to the Denise Parker Fund, which is sponsored by the Deseret News. Contributions are being taken at Key Bank of Utah. For more information, call the Deseret News at 237-2135.
Denise became interested in archery when she was 10 years old and has been winning competitions since. At the age of 12, she became the youngest member of the U.S. Junior Elite Archery Team. In 1987, she won two gold medals at the Pan-American games, broke 10 records in the Junior Girls Division at the U.S. Nationals and was named the 1987 Female Athlete of the Year by the National Archery Association.
Denise practices archery for about three hours four or five days a week. She also likes to play softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball and golf.