OTTAWA, August 14, 2013 - 2011 World Champion Christopher Perkins (Athens, ON) and 2008 and 2012 Olympian Crispin Duenas (Toronto, ON) will lead a strong team of Canadian archers to the 2013 World Archery Championship in Antalya, Turkey, September 29th - October 7th. Athletes named by Archery Canada for the 2013 World Archery Championships were selected during the National Team Trials, held last week in Woodstock, New Brunswick.
Both Perkins and Duenas finished first at the Canadian Trials in their respective bow category. Perkins competes in the compound bow category while Duenas competes in the recurve bow category. Only the recurve bow is contested at the Olympic Games while both bow categories are contested at the bi-annual World Archery Championships.
Chris Perkins will be joined by fellow compound bow archers, Dietmar Trillus (King City, ON) and Andrew Fagan (Ajax, ON) in the individual and team events. Trillus, the wily veteran of the National Team, won the 2007 World Championship and the 2008 World Cup Final and has won numerous World Cup events since that time. Most recently, Trillus brought home the bronze medal from this season’s 3rd World Cup of Archery held this July in Medellin, Colombia. Fagan has competed in a number of World Cup events over the past few years. In 2010, Fagan was a member of the Commonwealth Games Archery Team and gained valuable international experience. He has made steady improvement at the international level since that time.
“The Men’s Compound Team is very strong and will definitely be one of the favourites in the team event”, said Joan McDonald, Head Coach of Canada’s Archery Team for the 2012 London Olympic Games. “Chris and Dietmar will be in the medal hunt in the individual event. All three athletes are rounding into top form going into the Worlds”, added McDonald.
In the Men’s Recurve Bow category, Canada is also fielding a strong team. In addition to being a two-time Olympian, Crispin Duenas captured the silver medal at the 2011 Pan-American Games. At these Games he narrowly lost to the 2011 World Champion from the USA. Joining Duenas in the recurve bow individual and team events will be Jay Lyon (Winnipeg, MB) and Hugh MacDonald (Vancouver, BC). The 2013 World Championship will mark the 5th World Senior Championship at which Lyon and Duenas have competed. Lyon is a 2008 Olympian and finished 10th in Beijing. At the 2011 World Championship, Lyon finished 5th, achieving a best-ever performance for a Canadian male recurve archer at a World Championship. Lyon was also the silver medallist in the recurve bow category at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. MacDonald was the Alternate for the 2008 Olympic Archery Team and is also a veteran of international competition. Duenas, Lyon and MacDonald are entering this year’s World Championship on the heels of a 4th place finish at the World Cup of Archery held in Medellin, Colombia this July. Their 4th place finish was a best-ever World Cup result by a Canadian men’s recurve team. “These three athletes have a history of performing well as a team. Their strong 4th place finish in Medellin is a real confidence booster for them going into the World Championship”, said Joan McDonald.
On the women’s side, the Women’s Compound Bow Team will be led by Ashley Wallace (Redcliff, AB). Wallace captured the silver medal in the 2010 Archery World Cup Final. She also finished on the podium three other times during the 2010 World Cup circuit. Wallace was a member of Canada’s Archery Team that captured the silver medal in the Women’s Compound Bow Team event at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. She is re-gaining her form after injuries sidelined her for much of the past two seasons. Joining Wallace will be fellow compound bow archers, Fiona McClean (Windsor, ON) and Sonia Schina (Coquitlam, BC). This will be Schina’s third World Championship and McClean’s first time competing at the World Championship. The Women’s Compound Team is expected to show well against its competitors.
Canada’s Women’s Recurve Bow team is comprised of a young crop of up-and-coming athletes. Leading the Team is the Canadian Trials winner Georcy-Stephanie Thiffeault Picard (Montreal, QC). Thiffeault Picard is a two-time member of Canada’s Youth Team that competed at the World Youth Archery Championships. She will be joined by Vanessa Lee (Toronto, ON) who competed in her first World Senior Championship in 2011. Rounding out the Team is Virginie Chenier (Laval, QC). The 18 year old Chenier competed at the 2009 and 2011 World Youth Championship. She will compete at the Senior World Championship and then compete later in October at the World Youth Championship in Wuxi, China.
Joan McDonald, 2012 Olympic Head Coach, reflected on the Trials stating that “the emergence of some new, highly skilled young archers on this year’s World Championship Team makes for an excellent mix of experience and youth.” She added “this shows that the pipeline is starting to fill making the future of the sport look bright.”
Listed below are the athletes and staff that will comprise the National Team for the 2013 World Archery Championship. The World Archery Championship takes place every two years. All athletes will compete in the individual and team events. A team is comprised of three archers.
Men’s Compound Bow:
* Christopher PERKINS, Athens, ON
* Dietmar TRILLIUS, King City, ON
* Andrew FAGAN, Ajax, ON
* Keenan BROWN (Alternate), Winnipeg, MB
Men’s Recurve Bow:
* Crispin DUENAS, Toronto, ON
* Jay LYON, Winnipeg, MB
* Hugh MacDONALD, Vancouver, BC
* Hamilton NGUYEN (Alternate), Toronto, ON
Women’s Compound Bow:
* Ashley WALLACE, Redcliff, AB
* Fiona McCLEAN, Windsor, ON
* Sonia SCHINA, Coquitlam, BC
* Tricia MORRIS (Alternate), Calgary, AB
Women’s Recurve Bow:
* Georcy-Stephanie THIFFEAULT PICARD, Montreal, QC
* Vanessa LEE, Toronto, ON
* Virginie CHENIER, Laval, QC
* Kateri VRAKKING (Alternate), Etobicoke, ON
* Team Leader: Vickilynne SCHLEPPE, Calgary, AB
* Support Staff: Richard TOWLER, Toronto, ON
* Support Staff: Sean McKENTY, Windsor, ON
Interviews with individual athletes and coaches can be arranged by contacting Scott Ogilvie, Executive Director, Archery Canada, email@example.com
About Archery Canada
Archery Canada is the National Sport Organization responsible for the promotion and development of the timeless sport of archery in a safe and ethical manner. Archery Canada supports the achievement of high performance excellence in archery in all categories and the development of a national archery infrastructure to promote archery participation across Canada in cooperation with the Provincial/Territorial Archery Associations.