© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
Prince Albert's Lindsay Cannon proudly displays the three gold medals she recently won at the Canadian outdoor archery championships held in New Brunswick. Cannon has been hitting her mark in the sport for five years and she is also a talented volleyball and basketball player as well.
It appears that Lindsay Cannon can shoot with the best of them – at any age.
The 14-year-old Cannon recently returned from the Canadian outdoor archery championships in New Brunswick where she won a gold medal in all three events she entered – 3D, field and FITA (target).
This was her second trip to the national outdoor championship with the last appearance in 2011 seeing her break seven Canadian records in the pre-cub division. Those new standards still exist today.
Earlier this year Cannon also topped the cub division at the national indoor 3D championships in Medicine Hat as she has mastered the sport in a variety of settings and disciplines.
A member of the Timberland Bowbenders, Cannon has been competing in archery for about five years. When her father first bought her a bow and arrow she says she didn’t particularly like shooting, but after giving it an honest effort she says she enjoys it and it’s pretty obvious she has a natural talent for the sport.
“It will be harder now,” says the shy Grade 9 student from Carlton Comprehensive High School who will move up to the cadet division on Jan. 1. “There will be more people in it and I’m younger than them.”
Age hasn’t made much of a difference in the past so it will be surprising if it comes into play now.
That can also be said about Cannon’s abilities on a volleyball or basketball court.
Having played with the Toppers program, Cannon is setting her sights on making the senior girl’s volleyball team at Carlton in the fall and she will also test the waters in hoops as well.
The busy schedule will cause some training conflicts, but Cannon intends to spend as much time as possible at all three sports.
“They might get in the way, but they all mean the same,” says Cannon.
Having been invited to participate in the provincial high performance training program for archery, Cannon will remain focused on that sport as she has her sights set on competing in the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.
Cannon will spend upwards of five hours a week working out with the Timberland Bowbenders during the winter with additional time being set aside for the high performance program.
The selection process for the final roster of the provincial team will take over a year so it is a huge commitment, but one she is ready for. Throw in the challenge of competing at the high school level in both volleyball and basketball and her schedule appears to be pretty full.
Results speak for themselves, however, and Cannon continues to show that age means nothing when it comes to her athletic abilities.