Timberland Bowbenders rack up medals and break records at nationals

Kristen McEwen
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The Timberland Bowbenders did not come home empty-handed after the outdoor 2014 Canadian National Archery Championships in Lac La Biche, Alta.

Timberland Bow Benders Lindsay Cannon, 15; Tristan Moran, 16, and Landyn Vandale, 13, aim at practice targets 50-metres away at the Wildlife Federation Centre on Friday. Cannon, Moran and Vandale are three of the four Prince Albert archers that took home a combined seven medals at the 2014 Canadian National Archery Championships in Lac La Biche, Alta. The national championships took place from Aug. 1 to Aug. 10.

Four Prince Albert archers racked up seven medals and broke records in the 3D, field and target disciplines at the national tournament from Aug. 1 to Aug. 10.

Tristan Moran broke the 70-metre championship record, won gold in the target championships, bronze in the field championship and was ranked first in the Cadet male compound. Moran also took first in the Canadian Open, which was a single elimination match play.

Lindsay Cannon won gold in the 3D championships, gold in the target championships, bronze in the field championships and was ranked fourth in the Cadet female compound.

Landyn Vandale won gold in the 3D championships. Vandale also competed in the Cub Barebow competition.

Caitlin Northey won gold in the field championships and ranked ninth in the senior female recurve.

The archers are happy with how they did at nationals, however some have their sights set on the World Archery Championships in 2015, said Timberland Bowbenders’ president John Cannon.  

Lindsay Cannon, 15, started shooting in 2009. She first attended national championships when she was 12, where she set seven Canadian records. Since then she has attended three more national championships.

Thirteen-year-old Vandale has been to two national championships. He began shooting a year and a half ago. He is too young to enter world competitions. Vandale impresses his coaches by entering barebow competitions, which involves shooting without the help of a scope.

Moran, 16, has been shooting ever since his dad and coach, Stacey, bought him a bow when he was 5 years old. In total, Moran has broken 23 Canadian records -- 28 if you include breaking his own personal records. Moran has attended five national championships.

Moran is interested in trying out for the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa -- if he gets a chance.

“You have to have qualifying scores before they (Archery Canada) even look at you,” John Cannon said.

When selecting archers to represent Canada at competitions like the Youth Commonwealth Games, Archery Canada looks at the past one or two years to determine qualifying scores, Cannon explained.

“Say they’re taking a team of three archers and there are 10 people who have qualifying scores, then Archery Canada may decide that we have to have elimination trials to determine which archers will go,” he said.

There’s plenty of training to be done before the young archers are ready for world championships.

“You have to shoot lots,” Moran said. He added that weekly training routines include, jumping jacks and handstands up to 15 hours a week. Throughout practices, the kids can shoot up to 144 arrows per session.


Organizations: Prince Albert, Canadian Open, Youth Commonwealth Games Archery Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Samoa

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