Yesterday, Archery Canada named the four person team for the 2015 Parapan American Games. They will compete in the open compound events. The team includes Kevin Evans, Robert Hudson, Alec Denys, and Karen Van Nest.
Executive Director of Archery Canada Scott Ogilvie is quoted in a press release as saying, “The para-archery team for the Parapan Am Games is a solid group of veteran athletes with podium finishes achieved at previous Parapan Am Games and World Championships. […] Our athletes are looking forward to the opportunity to represent Canada on home soil in Toronto. The Games are also an excellent preparation for the World Championships later this summer where our athletes will have the opportunity to earn 2016 Paralympic quota spots.”
Jaffray, British Colombia native Evans is an experienced archer, who will be competing at his second Parapan Games, and he will be looking to defend his gold medal at these Games. He is also a two-time Paralympian, with his best finish in Beijing where he finished sixth. He has had his best performances on the world championship level, winning titles in 2007 and 2009.
Evans was quoted as saying, “To represent Canada in a multi-sport event is one thing but to be able to do this on home soil is a dream come true. […] I know I, along with the rest of our team, have been training endlessly to be able to represent our country and our sport to the best of our ability at these Games.”
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan native Hudson will also be competing at his second Parapan American Games, and will be looking to defend or better the silver medal he won in Guadalajara, Mexico. Competing at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, he finished 17th in the compound bow men’s individual event. Since taking up the sport in 2005 following a snowmobiling accident in 2003, he has also competed in several world championships with a best finish at the 2007 edition in South Korea where he won a bronze medal in the team event.
Chatham, Ontario native Denys goes to the home hosted Games as the most experienced member of the Canadian team, with over 25 years of participation in the sport. He competed at every Paralympic Games between 1984 and 2000, before taking a break from the sport. He came out of his 2004 retirement from the competitive side of the sport to compete at these home hosted Parapan American Games. He remained active in archery behind the scenes. He currently serves as the Vice-President of High Performance, and chair of the High Performance Committee on the Board of Directors for Archery Canada.
North Bay, Ontario native Van Nest has the second deepest disability sport career on the Canadian team, competing in every Paralympic Games since 2000. She only made the switch to archery from following the 2008 Games in Beijing after experiencing problems with her shoulder. The Parapan American Games will be her first.