These local archers take aim to represent Canada at world championship this summer

More than two dozen archers from across the country were in Cambridge this weekend competing for a chance to represent Canada at the world championships in Germany this summer. Reece Wilson-Poyton and Benjamen Lee from Waterloo region were among them.

Archery Canada will announce who will represent Canada later this week

A row of archers pulling back on their bows.
Over two dozen archers from across Canada met up at Moyer's Landing in Cambridge this weekend as part of Archery Canada's selection camp for who will represent Canada at the World Championship in Berlin this summer. (Carmen Groleau/CBC)

Archers from across the country were in Cambridge this weekend competing for a chance to represent Canada in Berlin later this summer in the world championships.

Waterloo region's Benjamen Lee and Reece Wilson-Poyton were among 23 competitors taking part in Archery Canada's selection camp, held at the organization's training centre on Moyers Blair Landing just off of Fountain Street.

Those with the top scores will form a team that will represent Canada in Colombia for the world cup in June and then the world cup in Berlin in July.

Wilson-Poyton, who is originally from St. Catharines and now lives in Waterloo region after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University, is part of Archery Canada's training squad. He always had an interest in archery and got his first bow in 2014. A year later, in 2015, he started joining competitions when he got his first Olympic recurve bow.

Portrait of a man holding a bow during an archery competition.
Waterloo region's Reece Wilson-Poyton is part of Archery Canada's national training squad. He says archery is very technical sport that combines the physical with a mental component. (Carmen Groleau/CBC)

"For me, I really enjoy how you're always learning something," Wilson-Poyton told CBC News Sunday.

"It's a sport where it's very technical, there's a lot of form and technique, but there's also a lot about the equipment and the mental performance is a really big things for us."

Wilson-Poyton said he's not been to a world championship event before. On top of mentally preparing for the this weekend's event, he said he's also worked on his form and technique.

"If I have prepared enough and I can shoot the arrows, we'll see what happens from there. If I do my best, we'll see because there are a lot of other archers around me," he said.

A young man pulling back on their bow and arrow.
Reece Wilson-Poyton and other archers took advantage of a few rounds of practice before the competition began Sunday morning. (Carmen Groleau/CBC)

Would be 'very honoured to represent Canada'

Competing alongside Wilson-Poyton, is 20-year-old Benjamen Lee from Kitchener. Lee has been part of youth championships before and made a leap competing in the national training squad this weekend.

"It is a bit nerve wracking because it's more competitive," he told CBC News.

"When I was a junior, there wasn't as many kids as there is now and as you can see, there are many athletes here."

Portrait of a young man outside on a sunny May morning.
Kitchener's Benjamen Lee is competing as a senior for the first time at this competition. He says his passion for archery stems from watching Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and Hawk in the Avenger. (Carmen Groleau/CBC)

Lee said characters in movies like The Hunger Games and The Avengers are what sparked his interest in getting involved in the sport and it would be an honour to represent Canada on the global stage.

"Today I'm looking forward to having some good match play ... with my teammates and if I were able to make it to the world championships, I would be very grateful and very honoured to represent Canada," he said.

Archery Canada will announce who made the team later this week.

Archers on their way to pick their arrows from the target.
Archery Canada's selection camp was held over the weekend. Sunday's competition had an early 7:30 a.m. start. (Carmen Groleau/CBC)