On Wednesday, Archery Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee named the two athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in the men’s and women’s archery competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The two athletes selected are two-time Olympian Crispin Duenas and Georcy-Stéphanie Thiffeault Picard. Duenas earned an Olympic spot for Canada at the 2015 World Championships and was chosen at the conclusion of Archery Canada men’s selection process on June 22, 2016. Thiffeault Picard earned a spot for Canada at the continental Olympic qualifying tournament in Medellin, Colombia on May 9, 2016 and was selected by Archery Canada on June 8, 2016.
At the 2013 World Archery Championship, in a field of 145 athletes from 62 countries, Duenas captured the bronze medal in the men’s recurve bow (Olympic) category. The medal marked the first time in 42 years that Canada had finished on a world championship podium in the men’s individual recurve category.
The team is coached by five-time Olympic archery coach, Joan McDonald of Richmond Hill, Ontario.
The men’s and women’s individual archery competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place in the famous Sambodromo, the annual host venue for the Rio Carnival Samba Parade, from August 5 to 12.
Archery is an exciting sport to watch as athletes shoot in head-to-head competition at a target placed 70 metres from the shooting line. The centre ring is only 12.2cm in diameter and is worth 10 points. A match consists of five sets of three arrows each. The archer who scores the highest in each set is awarded two points. If archers tie in a set, they are each awarded one point. The first archer to reach six points wins the match. If the match is tied after five sets, the archers will each shoot a single arrow. The archer’s arrow that is closest to the centre wins the match.
At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.
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.
The archery team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
Crispin Duenas, Scarborough, ON - Men’s Individual
Georcy-Stéphanie Thiffeault Picard, Montreal, QC - Women’s Individual
Coach - Joan McDonald, Richmond Hill, ON
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