On May 18th to May 19th Richmond Green Community Sports Centre will host the 2011 Ontario High School Archery Invitational Tournament, a sanctioned Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) event.
This is a great tournament for high school aged archers, divided up by gender (male and female) and bow class (Standard, Olympic, Compound Limited and Compound Unlimited). This is a double 300 shot on a 60 cm face at 18 meters with the compound classes shooting the first day and the recurve archers shooting the second day. The winners receive a medal for gold, silver or bronze. For those schools that are lucky enough to have three or four athletes in the same division (e.g. Female Standard Class) participating, there is also a team event, for which the winning team receives a championship banner to be displayed at their school. All full-time high-school athletes are eligible to participate. A minimum qualifying score for 175 of 300 on a 60cm target face is required however; this may vary depending on the number of archers in your high school archery club.
Last year was my first time competing at the OFSAA High School Archery Invitational Tournament and I was very fortunate to win the silver medal. Molly Solc of LaSalle Secondary School in Kingston won the Gold and Chantelle Petrie of Regina Mundi College won the Bronze. This year I have the great pleasure to have my younger sister Sydney compete with me for our high school, Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute (KCVI). KCVI is one of the oldest high schools in Canada and is the high school of our first Prime Minister Sir John A Macdonald. Together, Sydney and I hope to represent our school well and we are investigating the possibility of starting our own KCVI archery club to compete as a team at next year’s event.
With over 400 high-school aged athletes competing every year, it is a great opportunity to meet new friends and re-unite with old friends from all over the province of Ontario. If your school has an archery club or if you are interested in participating in next year’s event , please contact OFSAA and/or the OAA (Ontario Association of Archers) for more details including necessary signatures, coaches and principal’s permission.