archery champs

VICTORIA, British Columbia –Archers have their sights set on Victoria as the Canadian Archery Championships return to the City of Gardens for the 75th annual competition where the nation’s elite compete for the title of Canada’s best.

The championships actually kick off in Cowichan Wednesday, August 8, where archers compete in a forest setting for the field events before the event moves to the West Shore for the target events August 9-12.

“We are extremely excited about the 75th anniversary of the national championships, some of the world’s best are coming to the West Shore to compete in our backyard,” said Archery Canada president Al Wills. “How often do you get the opportunity to see a Canadian reigning world champion, joined by an Olympian competing days after the Olympics? We believe this could be the best Canadian archery event in decades.”

Included in a world-class field is reigning world champion compound archer Chris Perkins. Following a championship turn in Turin, Italy to claim the world title, Perkins competes in Victoria for the first time.

Joining Perkins is the youngest ever Canadian archer to qualify for the Olympics at 17, world-ranked recurve archer Marie-Pier Beaudet who makes the trip to Victoria following her competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, making it her third consecutive appearance at the Olympics.

“After some major setbacks to archery in Victoria, including losing the home range we’d been using for more than 40 years, it is exciting to see the Canadian Archery community returning,” Wills said. “We hope this is just the first step to return Victoria back to its place as a major contributor to Canadian Archery.”

The Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre plays host to the target events where the opening ceremonies officially open the games August, 9, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Five representatives of West Shore including Colwood mayor Carol Hamilton, Metchosin mayor John Ranns, Highlands mayor Jane Mendum alongside representatives from View Royal and Langford don their bow and arrows, simultaneously opening the three-day target competition with the traditional “Opening Arrows.”

The target events start 10 a.m. on August 10 and 11, culminating with a single-elimination Canadian Open event starting 9 a.m. on August 12.

About the Canadian Archery Championships

The CAC comes to the province of British Columbia on a cycle, once every eight years. This year, B.C.’s bid brings the event to Victoria for the seventh time, the last time being in 2003.