New Australian champion Louise Redman turned to archery to overcome post-natal depression. Now she wants the sport to become a mother's club.
The Canberra mother of two capped a remarkable rise when she won the compound event at the Australian titles last weekend, earning selection for the world championships in Denmark.
Redman started training seriously only two years ago, following the birth of her second child, Ainslie.
Redman wanted time to herself to "remind me that I'm a good mother". Picking up a bow and arrow was "therapeutic" and she's encouraging other mums to do the same.
"I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, I wanted to be in the deep end and it really snapped me out of PND," Redman said.
"Most of my friends know how obsessive I am about archery. I try to encourage mums to get out there, I'll have a quiet word to them to say consider PND and have a strategy in place.
"PND is a lot more common than people realise. Archery is such a family sport ... It's definitely a different kind of mother's group."
Redman dabbled in archery at school, but it was 16 years later she turned to the sport for comfort again, bringing up her children Ainslie and Kynan, 5.
"I suffered from post-natal depression quite badly with both of my kids. With [Ainslie] I knew it was coming and I wanted to do something about it before it hit me," Redman said.
"You've got to be in a meditation state when you're shooting, you can't do anything else. It appealed to me. It was better than sitting on the floor, crossing my legs and humming.
"It's the kids' break from me and my break from the kids. It was the best cure for post-natal depression, I try to get everyone on to it.
"Even when you're aware that [post-natal depression] is just a chemical imbalance ... you still can't just talk yourself out of it. I didn't realise so many women suffered from it and I was determined to beat it the second time.
"I didn't want to sit at home every day with a toddler and two-year-old and sulk. I wanted to do something, so I turned to archery."
Redman will be part of the Australian team to travel to Copenhagen in August for the world championships. It's the pinnacle of compound archery, given it is not an Olympic sport.
"It hasn't sunk in ... I just love the feel of the compound [bow]. I'd love to see the Australian team do well and put Australia on the map ... one day the dream is a medal, and that's what I'm striving for," Redman said.
"I've learnt a lot of patience through being a mum. I've got a lot more of that and discipline now. I'm not convinced I would have done so well if I didn't have kids.
"When you've got PND you start doubting your abilities as a mother and a wife. The lack of sleep is a big thing ... now I'm doing fantastic.
"For me, archery was my time out to remind me that I'm a good mum, but I also need a break."