Archers descend on Halifax to compete at inaugural Youth and Masters Pan Am Championships
HALIFAX, CA – This week, archers from all across North, South, and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, will arrive in Halifax for an international archery competition, the first-ever Youth and Masters Pan Am Championships. The city will welcome archers aged under 18, under 21 and over 50 years old in the Olympic recurve, compound, or barebow equipment classes. More than 150 archers from 12 different countries will be stepping up to the shooting line from May 31 to June 5, 2022.
Due to the growing nature of the sport and the constantly-increasing number of archers attending the Pan American Championships, the decision was made by World Archery Americas to separate the age categories to create two separate events. Archery Canada (AC) is thrilled to welcome the inaugural edition of this event to the province of Nova Scotia. Halifax is the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada and sits in the middle of the province’s east coast and the historic seaport that looks out over one of the largest natural harbours on Earth. With an incredibly diverse population that reflects the Mi’kmaq, Acadian, African Nova Scotian and Gaelic influences of our province’s history, it’s a beautiful waterfront city.
Competition for the youth age categories are limited internationally, with the most recent opportunity being the 2021 World Archery Youth Championships in Wrocław, Poland. At that competition, compound archers such as Juliana Gallego Lopez from Colombia (tied for 9th in junior women) and Canadian Dustin Watson (tied for 17th in cadet men) all took to the shooting line and are slated to make an appearance in Halifax. On the recurve side, Mexican Mora Yatana (6th in cadet women in Wrocław) and Ana Luiza Sliachticas Caetano from Brazil (tied for 9th in junior women) are also heading to Nova Scotia.
In terms of team events, the Americans won the silver medal in both the compound cadet men’s team and the compound cadet mixed team event in Wrocław. Canada tied for 9th place. In the compound junior men’s team event, Mexico won gold while USA stood in the bronze medal spot on the podium. The same results played out on the women’s junior compound side. The American junior men recurve team won bronze in their event, while Canada finished tied for the 9th spot.
Internationally, there are few opportunities to watch the Masters athletes in archery. While the Canadian masters archers are very active on home soil, there are not many international competitions in which masters athletes are highlighted. This event in Halifax will provide a wonderful opportunity to see them in action.
AC has already announced the masters and youth athletes who will be attending the competition with a maple leaf on their shirts. To see the Canadian team, click the links below. Youth: https://archerycanada.ca/additional-youth-athletes-selected-to-represent-canada-at-ympac-2022/
- May 31 – Participants arrive
- June 1 – Official practice (Equipment inspection, team managers’ meeting)
- June 2 – Qualification rounds & mixed team eliminations up to bronze
- June 3 – Individual eliminations up to bronze
- June 4 – Team eliminations up to bronze
- June 5 – Individual and team gold medal matches
This event is made possible by the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the City of Halifax.
For more information, please contact:
Zoe Meil, Communications & Safe Sport Coordinator
(613) 260-2113 ext. 3