Four Yorkton archers have made the Canadian national team, and will be competing against the best of the world in Nashville, Tennessee this July.
Mike Jarvis, the archery coach, is justifably proud of his athletes, all members of NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) .
Cailin Jarvis is one of the champion archers.
“The big one was the World All-Stars 2018 in Calgary this year,” Jarvis said.
“So basically, that was four countries -- Canada, United States, Namibia and South Africa. They all brought the top sixteen of their shooters, and it was a three day competition so we shot a lot over those three days. There was target shooting the first two days and 3D, which are the animal targets, which is a new-ish kind of tournament now. High stakes, but it was fun shooting there.
“You don’t really think how everyone in the world is shooting the exact same thing. Then when you get all of the best shooters together, it’s kind of a really eye opening experience.”
Charne Esterhuyse agrees.
“I got to compete against some of the best archers in the world,” Esterhuyse says. Showing her high internal standards, Esterhuyse was frank in her assessment.
“Canada did ok. The USA reeled us out a little bit. Hopefully this year we’ll get them back a little bit!”
Emma Parkvold is newer to NASP, but has been shooting since elementary school and is on the world class team this year.
“We’re just practicing trying to get ready for worlds this summer. This is my first one. You just practice, make sure your technique is good and do your best.”