OTTAWA - Canada was well represented at the Salt Lake City World Cup June 18 - 24 by a full team of both able-bodied and Para Archery compound archers. Team members included Andrew Fagan (ON), Brendan von Richter (BC), Keenan Brown (MB), Tristan Moran (SK), Fiona McClean (ON), Dawn Groszko (AB), Karen Van Nest (ON) and Madison Hart (SK). Andrew Fagan was the only team member to have previously competed at a senior World Cup event. Kathy Millar (ON) attended as agent for Karen Van Nest. Julie Maude (ON) attended as Team Manager.
The qualification round proved tough with temperatures hovering around 39ºC and gusty winds. Brendan von Richter (BC) and Fiona McClean (ON) were the top ranked Canadian compounds after the qualification round, earning them spots on the newly added mixed team event. Brendan and Fiona placed 15th after a strong match in favour of Korea, who progressed to the medal matches and won bronze.
For the men’s individual matches, Andrew Fagan won against Lin Che-Wei of Chinese Taipei in the second round but came up against multi-time world champion Reo Wilde of the USA in the third round. Keenan Brown also won his match against Earl Benjamin Yap from the Philippines and showed poise and determination against Daniel Munoz of Colombia (who went on to win gold in the mixed team round). Brendan von Richter shot against Sergio Pagni of Italy and made a real match of it. Tristan Moran, the youngest member of the Canadian team, had a close match with Remy Leonard of Australia.
For the men’s team round, Andrew Fagan, Keenan Brown and Brendan von Richter finished 9th after facing off against power-house Italy (the eventual silver medalists).
On the women’s side, the women had a great showing individually and all advanced through the first round. Fiona McClean won her match against Ishembi Devi Thounaojam of India and shot against Sara Prieels of Belgium in the second. Dawn Groszko won her match against Anastasia Anastasio of Italy and advanced to shoot against Linda Ocha-Anderson of Mexico in the second round (who went on to win silver in the Mixed Team). Karen Van Nest defeated Erika Jones of the USA and then shot against Tanja Jensen of Denmark in the second round. This was Karen’s first international able-bodied competition.Madison Hart won her match against Brenda Merino of Mexico, shot against Toja Ellison of Slovenia in the second round and won, then advanced to the third round where she went up against Song Yun Soo of Korea. Madison Hart shot a personal best of 145/150, which was also the highest match play score for the Canadians.
For the women’s team round Fiona McClean (ON), Dawn Groszko (AB) and Madison Hart (SK) defeated the Philippines in the first round – a good performance in the hot afternoon winds, but then came face-to-face with Korea, the eventual gold medal winners. The women’s team placed 8th.
This years’ compound team brought many new faces to the field and valuable experience was gained by all. The Canadian compound archers had solid performances and look forward to even better results in the future. Congratulations to all for your personal successes and hard work.
For additional information on the Canadian Compound Team at the Salt Lake City 2017 Hyundai Archery World Cup, contact Sean McKenty or visit www.archerycanada.ca
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Archery Canada is the National Sport Organization responsible for the promotion and development of the timeless sport of archery in a safe and ethical manner. Archery Canada supports the achievement of high performance excellence in archery in all categories and the development of a national archery infrastructure to promote archery participation across Canada in cooperation with the Provincial/Territorial Archery Associations.
Sean McKenty, Archery Canada, email@example.com