- Third place in the World Games, Cali 2013
- Two times Pan-American Champion (2006, 2012)
- Bronze Medal team competition in the World Archery Championship. Ulsan 2009
- World cup medals in teams competitions
- Third Place in the World University Championship, China 2009
Years in Archery & on USAT
I've been shooting since 2002 -so 12 years now
How you got your start in archery
before starting in archery, I was a swimmer. I was bad at it. My brother was really good at the sport, so I started looking for a new sport for me. Here, in El Salvador, you can see the archery field from the swimming pool. I decided to try in January 2002, and I here I am!
Mentor/Inspiration in archery
I really don't have a mentor in archery, just the support from my family and the work of my coaches.
easton, Hoyt, TruBall, Axcel, B-Stinger, Beiter, First string, Synunm
Favorite place to shoot/compete
The archery stadium in Guadalajara is one of the best in the world and a really good place to compete and train.
Breakthrough moment in archery/best shot you ever made
For sure the bronze medal final at the world games - the crowd in the stadium supporting me because I was the only Latin shooter in the men's final.
Birthday and place/where are you based now?
I was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador on January 9th, 1989. I live in the San Salvador -the capital of the country.
What Easton means to you
The best archery products in the world! When I started to shoot and be part of a team, Easton was my dream! And now I really enjoy the experienc, because of the people involved in Easton. They are impressive people and great friends.
When I’m not shooting, you can find me
I enjoy going to the movies, playing soccer with my friends, but the best is humiliating the Big Cat Steve Anderson in online videogames like FIFA haha
I love the traditional food from my country, the "pupusas". but when i'm going to a competition, I prefer to take the normal food like the continental breakfast. After the win, we love to celebrate with my teammates -some chicken wings in any sports bar.
When I’m on the line,
I pray to God to let em do a good job and be able to handle the pressure.
Tip for the average archer to shoot better
I always believe that I made a really good practice at home, so I only have fun, enjoy the moment, and leave all in God's hands.
Favorite style of music and what’s on your playlist right now
I hear a lot of the electro house music. In Latino America, we like the Reggeaton.
There's a mix between salsa, R&B and bachata, so almost all the songs in my play list are this kind of music.
"La Vita e Bella", "The Pursuite of Happiness" and "Untouchable"
Favorite TV show/book
The Big Bang Theorgy and Duck Dynasty.
I like any book from Paolo Coelho.
Favorite sports team
I like soccer, so the team from my city is "FAS". I also like the Real Madrid, the Lakers, and the Red Sox.
My dog, Atena, is a beagle. We always have a good time together!
I drive a Mitsubishi Lancer. My dream car is an Aston Martin One-77
If you could have “coffee” with anyone in history, who would it be?
Monsignor Oscar Romero, Salvadorian martyr who was killed for fighting for the poor in my country.
Philosophy of life/motto
All the things that I do, I always have in mind "God, Homeland and Family"
My name is Roberto Hernandez; I was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, my country is one of the smallest countries of the world, where archery is probably the sport with the best results in history.
My family was always involved in the sports, my dad worked in sports and sport psychology, my brother was in the national swimming team and my mom is always there to support us.
I just finish law school, which, let me say, wasn’t easy due to the handling of the training and the competitions with the study but I’m pretty happy about it.
Before my start in archery I practiced swimming around 5 years, but honestly… I was bad, and my little brother was really good, so I felt the necessity to give results and medals, and I started looking for a new sport. Boxing was my second stop, but my mom hated to see other people hit me, so I decided to change sports once more. In November 2001 I saw that some guy called Jorge Jimenez was really good in archery and my dad knew him, so he convinced me of giving archery a shot mostly arguing that we already had good archers in the country and that I could be one of them. So in January 2002 I shot my first arrow and in that moment I felt that I had found my sport.
Archery is now my life style! And is the best thing that happened to me! I know many people in different countries! And I have really good friends. That’s probably one of the best things about archery that we all are like a family!
So after 12 years of practice I’m still enjoying archery like the first time, but I also commit to the sport as I practice a lot, mainly due to the fact that one of my goals is to win the world championship some day and be first in the world archery ranking.