Canada Cup archery event this weekend
Those interested in archery, or those who wish to see the sport at its finest, will have a great opportunity this weekend when the Canada Cup championship is held at the Prince Albert Wildlife Federation range starting on Saturday.
More than 60 world-class shooters from across the country will compete in the event and Timberlands Bowbenders Archery Club spokesperson Nikki Valmont says that Prince Albert is ready to put on a great show.
“It’s the biggest event we’ve had here in a while,” says Valmont. “In our world of archery, there are some big names coming.”
Among those who have confirmed their entry in the event are Canadian Paralympics Team members Bob Hudson and Kevin Evans; Adam Pitney, Brittney Johnson and Alan Tollenar – all who were at the world youth championships in China last fall with Johnson coming in eighth place; Ryan Lemussier who represented Canada at the world indoor championships in France in January. Hudson is from Spiritwood to provide some local flavour.
The Bowbenders will have some of their top shooters in the event to strengthen the local content with Tristan Moran, Bailey Leach, Caitlin Northey, Lindsay Cannon and Shelley Smith included in the line-up. Moran just recently placed first in Canada and fourth overall in the MICA competitions, which is an event featuring shooters from all of the Americas. The president of Archery Canada, Al Wills, will be in Prince Albert this weekend to present him with his medal.
The Canada Cup is popular because it allows shooters to gain points in the yearly standings and further their placing in the national rankings. Shooters are as young as 15 years old and can compete in either of the compound or recurve disciplines.
“It’s a big deal for the younger ones,” noted Valmont.
The Bowbenders have gained plenty of attention on the provincial scene and it appears that word has gotten out across the country as to what kind of organization the club runs.
“We didn’t even submit our names; we were asked if we wanted to host the event,” says Valmont. “We’re at the point now when no one is stepping up to the plate we get asked because we have done a good job on recent events.”
All of the competitors will be in Prince Albert on Friday for equipment inspections and practise sessions with scoring rounds for the championship beginning on Saturday at 9 a.m. Shooters will be ranked from their results on Saturday with double-elimination rounds scheduled to begin on Sunday, also at 9 a.m.
Volunteers are still required for some roles on the weekend and anyone wanting to help out with the event can call Adam at 306-930-1850.
Admission is free of charge to come watch, but spectators are urged to bring a lawn chair as there are no bleachers at the facility.
The weather is supposed to be pleasant for the long weekend so take some time and support the local shooters. There will definitely be some great competition.