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Handless archer shooting for gold

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She's called the unstoppable archer, and she does it all with one hand.

15-year-old Ashlyn Slaymaker is from Brooklyn, but she has her sights set on going far.

All while teaching others along the way to just go for it.

One bow. One arrow. And only one hand.

"My goal is to make it to the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo," said Slaymaker. 

Slaymaker was born with an ulnar club hand.

"Well I don't get tired, but my arms get really tired, but I just fight through it," said Slaymaker.

She first picked up a bow when she was 10 years old, and hasn't put it down since.

"I normally put in 6 to 8 hours normally," said Slaymaker.

With the biggest grin on her face, she's proud of her dedication.

"Just because you have a disability, doesn't mean you can't do it," said Slaymaker.

See for her, can't is not in her vocabulary.

"If there is a will, there is a way," said Slaymaker. "Like my mother tells me."

When she wanted to shoot, she found a way.

A prosthetic was made just for her.

When a couple guys challenged her for playing in a mans world, she didn't let it stop her.

"Oh you're a girl and you have a disability, you can't do this and it's like well you know what, yes I can, and I'm gonna prove you wrong," said Slaymaker.

With a little sass and a lot of determination, anything is possible.

"I was told that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, so you just take those and brush them off your shoulder, you don't listen to them," said Slaymaker.

No excuses.

Competing at state three times with no special treatment, all alongside 100 to 200 able-bodied kids.

Walking away with her best at 5th place.

"Just go for it," said Slaymaker. "There's nothing to be afraid of, just go for it."

As if archery wasn't enough, she also shoots shotgun, pistol, competes on the high school trap team, and fishes.

Ashlyn plans on making the qualifying meet in Rio De Janeiro in 1919, then she can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

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