Timberlands Bowbenders to host Canada Cup archery event in May

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Canada Cup archery event coming to Prince Albert

The Prince Albert Timberlands Bowbenders Archery Club has hit the bull’s-eye.

The Bowbenders have been awarded the 2014 Canada Cup championship, which is slated for May 17-18 at the outdoor range located at the Prince Albert Wildlife Federation facility north of the city.

“The Canada Cup is one of four tournaments designated as “major events” by Archery Canada,” noted Canadian Olympic recurve coach Joan McDonald in an e-mail sent to the local archery group highlighting the importance of the Canada Cup. “The results from these tournaments can be used for the national ranking of archers and archers can also earn performance points from these tournaments for national rankings.”

“Another purpose of these major events (the others are Ontario Spring Classic, Canadian Open and Canadian championship) is to improve the skills of the clubs and organizers across the country to run high-quality competitions, which has an impact on the quality of archers in Canada.”

As many as 100 of the top archers from across Canada will be competing at the event with Prince Albert to be well represented by a strong local contingent of shooters who are making a mark on the national scene.

The Canada Cup isn’t the only thing happening with the Bowbenders as they have been holding 3D shoots out at Ranch Ehrlo this winter as they prepare for the provincial indoor 3D championships this weekend in North Battleford. A number of Bowbenders will also be heading to Lac La Biche, Alta., for the national outdoor 3D championships in July.

It is almost a year ago when Prince Albert hosted the provincial indoor 3D championship and the day after the event was finished was when the roof collapsed at the Red River Roping and Riding facility, causing extensive damage to the Bowbenders’ targets and stands.

Since there was no other place to practise, the Bowbenders approached Ranch Ehrlo and in return for the use of their new facility the local group holds lessons for the residents to try and generate interest in the sport. It has turned out to be a win-win situation with the next session at Ranch Ehrlo slated for Feb. 22-23.

The Junior Olympic Program is another big program in the Bowbenders’ portfolio and the provincial championships for that group (six to 21 years old) will be held April 6 at the Alfred Jenkins Field House. That same weekend, on April 5, will be the provincial indoor target championships, also at the Alfred Jenkins Field House.

Close to 300 competitors will be in Prince Albert that weekend, which will only add to the visibility the Bowbenders are generating and the local group received even further recognition when McDonald made a visit to the city this winter and acknowledged the local group’s indoor facility as one of the best in Canada.

“It’s been dubbed as one of the best in Canada,” noted Stacey Moran, a board member with the Bowbenders.

Last summer the Bowbenders moved their indoor range from the Prince Albert Wildlife Federation building when they relocated to the old Sportsman Bowl facility on 11th Street West. The new range can accommodate three times the shooters as the old facility and offers easy access for the members as it is situated in a central location.

While the membership is staying steady at around 100, Moran says there is always room for more. Moran also indicated the club will be getting out into the business community in the near future looking for sponsorship for the Canada Cup as this is the first time an event of this magnitude will be held in Prince Albert.

Archery has always been one of those sports that takes a back seat to others in the community, but with up-and-coming stars like Tristan Moran and Lindsay Cannon, both who have competed at several national events, it is nice to see the Bowbenders getting some much-deserved recognition.

A lot has changed in the last year, but the best is yet to come.

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Prince Albert Wildlife Federation, Alfred Jenkins Field House

Geographic location: Canada, Ontario, North Battleford Lac La Biche

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