Archery comes to a close at Westerner Park, with a series of shoot-offs for the final medals
Westerner Park was loud and buzzing on Friday, with the compound and recurve archers returning to the field of play to compete in teams. The mixed team event has both the male and female archer, in their respective disciplines, pair up, and shoot two arrows each per round, against another team. All four targets are then scored to determine the winner of that end. In compound archery, the victorious team is the one who accumulates the highest amount of points. In recurve archery, per end, if a team has the highest score, they are awarded two (2) set points, and the first to five (5) wins the match.
The top eight Compound Teams, which consisted of Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, PEI, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan took to the field Friday morning. Only half of those teams would advance, with PEI, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario not advancing.
Yukon Territories and Saskatchewan met in the Bronze medal match, which kicked the excitement levels in Westerner up a few notches. Yukon, who kept Saskatchewan within their sights through all five ends, tied it back up in the last end, meaning the Bronze Medal was going to be determined by a final shoot-off. Sofjia Jewell (YT) who shot the arrow that tied the match, became a little overwhelmed with emotion, when she realized she had pushed the match into a shootoff.
Saskatchewan, consisting of Individual Bronze Medalist Jacob Bourassa, and his team mate J’Lynn Mitchell, had shot strong all throughout the week, and maintained their composure to win the shoot off, and to go home with the Bronze Medal.
In the Gold Medal match, Team Quebec faced off with Team Manitoba, and the winner was once again, determined by a shoot off, after being tied at the Final end. Team Quebec pulled through, and won their third Gold medal in Archery, with Alexandra Paquette taking home another Gold, along with her team mate Matthew Turcotte.
The afternoon saw the top eight Recurve mixed teams take to the field. The eight teams competing were Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, PEI, Quebec, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Ontario. After the first round, teams Alberta, Quebec Ontario and Saskatchewan advanced to determine who would shoot in which medal round.
Facing off in the Bronze medal match was Team Ontario and Team Alberta, which, following the theme of they day, was another tight match that required a shoot off to determine who was going home with the Bronze medal. Team Ontario came out on top of the shoot out, with Ryli Valliere going home with her second Bronze of the week, and her teammate Reece Wilson-Poyton winning his first medal.
Quebec found themselves in another Gold medal match this week, facing team Saskatchewan. Both teams consisted of one archer, who had already taken a Gold medal home this week, that being Marie-Eve Gelinas of Quebec and Hunter Chipley of Saskatchewan. Team Quebec would win the match 6-2, and completing a gold medal sweep in the Mixed team events.
Both team Saskatchewan and Team Quebec would end the week with all of their teammates, recurve and compound, going home with a medal.
Following an action packed day, the archers now say Goodbye to Red Deer, and look forward to visiting PEI in 2023.