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"She had trouble speaking, couldn't walk," Iowa girl now aiming high with archery

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Overcoming the odds.

An eastern Iowa girl, who struggled to walk and talk, is now competing in archery.

10-year-old Josslyn Bougard is from Toledo.

She was born with a rare disorder known as Potocki-Shaffer Syndrome, which affects her speech and motor skills. 

But she wanted to join her brothers and take on archery. 

Her foster parents say they were a little worried at first, but they've been shocked at the progress she's made.

"The boys come home and say she hit the target! It's all she talks about. She's come a long way," her mother says. 

For the first time ever, Josslyn is in archery competitions. 

She just finished her first competition in Tama.  It was a qualifying meet for the Iowa National Archery Program.

At the end of the meet, Josslyn got a special medal from her coach for all her hard work and practice. 

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