Archery

6 archers named to Canada's Pan Am Games team

Six archers will represent Canada at the upcoming 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Archery Canada announced Tuesday.

Crispin Duenas 1st Canadian to world individual recurve medal in 42 years

Crispin Duenas became the first Canadian to win a world championship individual recurve medal in 42 years. ((Archery Canada))

Six archers will represent Canada at the upcoming 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Archery Canada announced Tuesday.

The Canadian team includes two-time Olympian Crispin Duenas, of Scarborough, Ont., and 2008 Beijing Olympian Jay Lyon, from Winnipeg.

Duenas is a two-time Pan Am Games medallist, having won silver in the team event at Rio in 2007, and then a second silver medal in the individual event at the 2011 Guadalajara event.

In 2013, he became the first Canadian to win a world championship individual recurve medal in 42 years.

"Our team has been training hard to ensure that we perform at our A-game here in Toronto," said Duenas. "Canada has some outstanding archery talent and it is a dream come true for us to represent our country on home soil."

The squad is rounded out by Montrealers Patrick Rivest-Bunster and Georcy-Stéphanie Thiffeault Picard, Virginie Chénier, of Laval, Que, along with Kateri Vrakking, of Etobicoke, Ont.

At 42, Vrakking was initially left off the team in favour of a 19-year-old archer who qualified two spots lower than the Etobicoke, Ont., native. Claiming "ageism," Archery Canada eventually reversed its decision.

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