During the first day of the outdoor provincial archery championships, numerous archers practiced side by side, preparing for the upcoming three days of mental and physical strain. On the second day, during the “double 720” event, competitors shot 144 arrows each, with their focus on the targets and the gold medals. Each time the bowstring is drawn, fatigue accumulates in the body and mind, exacerbated by inevitable equipment issues.
Galina secured the silver medal, while Daniel achieved gold.
On the third and final day, the archers vied for the open provincial cup medals. In a tense one-arrow shoot-out, Bryan was defeated by Jacob Gagnon.
Filipe was narrowly beaten by Brandon Xuereb, the eventual gold medalist and a long time senior recurve national team member.
Galina lost to Catherine Robert, long time rival and amazingly good friend. Galina still walked away with a silver medal for the senior + junior open. And in the waning hours of the final day, Daniel won gold again!
Regardless of the medals won or lost, the act of competing is a statement of survival and potential for Sports De Combats. We left the competition feeling overwhelmingly thankful.