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Matt Stutzman on national television Friday afternoon

By Diane Vance | Jul 23, 2013

Friday is the premier of an archery competition reality TV show on NBC Sports airing at noon local time.

Fairfield’s 2012 Paralympic silver medalist archer Matt Stutzman is one of the competitors on the show, “Nock Out,” featuring 12 archers competing in field, 3D and target archery.

Interviewed in May about the show, Stutzman said, “I like promoting the sport of archery and I like encouraging kids. It’s one of the reasons I agreed to do the reality TV show.

“I can have an influence in the archery world by competing at a high level and I can demonstrate that wanting to do something helps me accomplish doing it.

“Being an armless archer will bring attention for the TV show, but I hope people realize that being armless doesn’t make me a sub-par competitor,” said Stutzman.

The reality TV show is hoping to engage the interest in archery sparked by the popular movies “Hunger Games” and “Brave” and other TV shows such as “Walking Dead,” “Arrow,” and “Revolution,” according to producers.

“The name ‘Nock Out’ is a play on words, referring to both the elimination aspect of the show, and to the ‘nock’ in archery terminology; a nock is the part of an arrow that secures it to the bowstring,” according to the show’s website, www.nockout.tv.

“The competitive reality show pits top archers against each other in team and individual challenges, ultimately determining the best all-around archer. Diverse contestants from varied target archery backgrounds and experience levels — as well as accomplished bow hunters — will compete.”

The competition will eliminate one archer each week in the 12-week show.

Originally, the show was scheduled to premier Monday.



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