Medellin will see six Canadian archers compete in the World Cup Stage 3
OTTAWA, ON – Six Canadian recurve archers will be attending and competing in the World Cup Stage 3 in Medellin, Colombia. This is the second international event for Archery Canada’s national recurve squad this year and will serve as great experience ahead of the busy 2023 summer and fall competition season. Archery Canada has selected a team of 3 men and 3 women each to compete across all 5 medal categories as follows:
- Kristine Esebua (ON)
- Virginie Chénier (QC)
- Stephanie Barrett (ON)
- Eric Peters (ON)
- Crispin Duenas (ON)
- Devaang Gupta (ON)
The coaching staff accompanying the athletes are:
- Ron van der Hoff, Interim National Coach
- Soha Mahmoud, Junior National Coach
For the men’s team, Eric Peters, who placed fifth at the first WC stage back in Antalya, automatically qualifies through his Top 8 placing in Turkey and will be part of the men’s team once again. He had many tight matches in Antalya, including one where he defeated the current Olympic champion Mete Gazoz, who was shooting on home soil. Crispin Duenas has significant many international competition experiences under his belt, including four Olympic Games and ten World Championships, earning a bronze medal in 2013; Duenas also adds thirty-eight stages of the World Cup to his resume and was selected based on his recent selection camp performance in Cambridge, ON where he finished in close second to Eric Peters. Devaang Gupta rounds out the team based on his 4th place finish at the selection camp. While Brandon Xuereb finished third just ahead of Gupta in Cambridge, Xuereb is not currently available for selection.
Stephanie Barrett only picked up a bow in 2016, but has since been to over ten international events representing Canada since then. Virginie Chénier has competed in nine World Championships across the youth and senior level events. Most recently, both Chénier and Barrett were two thirds of the women’s recurve group that won the bronze medal in the team event at the 2022 Pan American Championships in Santiago, Chile. Kristine Esebua earned the top spot at the recent World Championships Recurve Selection Camp and will therefore round out the team heading to Medellin in June. The order of ranking at the Cambridge selection trials saw Esebua in first place followed by Chenier and Barrett in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
This event is the third stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup this year, the second one that Canada will attend. This continues the important year of competition that is 2023, which includes the World Championships and Pan American Games. These two events serve as key qualifying events to earn quota spots for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
- June 12 – Arrival of participants
- June 13 – Official practice & compound qualification round
- June 14 – Compound team matches & recurve qualification round
- June 15 – Recurve team matches & compound individual matches
- June 16 – Mixed team matches & recurve individual matches
- June 17 – Compound finals
- June 18 – Recurve finals
For more information, please contact:
Zoe Meil, Communications & Safe Sport Coordinator
(613) 260-2113 ext. 3