Stick and String

Stick and String is an awesome magazine that is published 4 times a year and dedicated to traditional archery. It contains articles about bowhunting, nature, gear reviews, how’s to’s and build alongs.

Recently, Ned Miller of Stick and String asked me to write an article about my most memorable win in competition. I thought about it for a while and thought I would share my story about the Canada Winter Games. A journey that altered my perception about competition and training and although I did win a Silver medal at the 2011 Canada Games, the journey is what makes this story.

Read the entire article on pages 28-29 in the 2012 summer edition of Stick and String. Also check out the Stick and String website to subscribe to the quarterly magazine and more great articles in their forum and blog.

Training Vacation

Athletic training is a full-time job, I train a lot, 6 days a week, 2-3 hours per day and as a full-time student, a coach, and with a part-time job my schedule is full.

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

Besides regular competitions locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, along with the unique opportunities of Canada Winter Games and World Indoor Championships, I have been without any break for over two straight years. Personally, I never realized just how tired and exhausted I was, however my coach did. Therefore, I am on a two-week vacation from shooting and training.

There are many benefits for taking a vacation including…

  • Recharge & Avoid Burnout – Taking regular time to relax helps avoid burn-out and get us back to feeling our best.
  • Overall Well-being – Lower stress, better sleep and better mood will improve your overall energy levels.
  • Friends and Family – Reconnect and strengthen relationships with loved ones and reaffirm the support you have behind you.
  • Performance – Better focus and re-energizing will influence your performance in a positive manner in the end.

The key is taking a good amount of time off from the stresses of training and competing will recharge your batteries and help you reach those long-term goals. Personally, I recommend at least one to two week break between indoor and outdoor seasons and easing back into to your full-time training programs.

A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.  – Morris Fishbein

Remember to stay active to during a vacation like swimming, taking a walk, going for a bike ride, going to the batting cages, or playing laser tag. Remaining active will make it easier to re-start your training program after the vacation is over.

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vincent Lombardi

Silver is a very nice colour

I returned last night from Halifax and the Canada Winter Games . I shot for Team Ontario in the Individual event and after the first two days of qualification ranking, I was tied for third place and received an automatic bye to the quarterfinals held on Thursday. After winning my first match was against Manitoba (104-99), I faced number 2 seed Alberta winning by a single point (101-100) to advance to the Gold Medal match.   I then faced number 1 seed Quebec however I lost by only 2 points 112 -110 (out of 120) to capture the Silver medal.

On Friday, Jin Lee of Thornhill and I teamed up for the team event, using our combined scores from the qualifications rounds, we were ranked fourth and received a bye to the quarterfinals. After winning our match against fifth seeded British Columbia, we lost to first seeded Alberta to move in the Bronze medal match against third seeded Quebec. Unfortunately, Jin and I were unable to upset Quebec and we lost the Bronze medal match by a single point 222-221 (out of 240).

I really enjoyed competing and forming new friendship with these awesome archers from across Canada. The Canada Games were an amazing experience and since the aged limit is 22, I hope to have another opportunity to represent Ontario at the next Canada Winter Games in four years in Prince George BC.

Canada Games or Bust

Saturday the second group of Team Ontario athletes will be leaving Toronto and taking two chartered flights to Halifax to prepare for week two of competition at the Canada Winter Games. I am leaving for Toronto shortly to stay with my cousin Barbara overnight, so I can make it to the airport with plenty of time and sleep, for my early morning flight. Once the team arrives, we need to settle into our temporary homes in our various accommodations throughout the capital and familiarize ourselves with our surroundings and athletes village.

Saturday night Great Big Sea, the awesome folk-rock from Newfoundland and Labrador, are playing Celebration Square and my hope is the Ontario Archery team will be attending. Next, I have two days to adjust to the time change get my body ready with two practice days (Sunday and Monday). I am humbled to have the opportunity to compete with all the best under-22 archers throughout Canada and I know these female recurve archers are exceptional and it is a privilege to compete against them.

My goal is very simple for these games, shoot my best, meet new friends, represent Ontario well and enjoy the entire experience. The archery competition starts during week two on Tuesday, Feb 22nd and you can follow along and watch each day of competition through Bell Aliant live web streaming here.

Good luck to all the athletes! GO Ontario GO!

Canada Winter Games Starts

The Canada Games are Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. The 2011 Canada Winter Games started this week in Halifax. This year’s competition is held over two weeks and last night was the opening ceremonies, attended by Week one athletes.

Week one sports are Artistic Gymnastics, Biathlon, Women’s Curling, Men’s Hockey, Ringette, Target Shooting, Freestyle Skiing, Speed Skating (Long and Short), Squash and Wheelchair Basketball.

Next Saturday, Feb 19th, week two athletes will start arriving and all athletes will be able to attend a concert by Great Big Sea, the awesome folk-rock from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Week Two sports are Alpine Skiing, Badminton, Boxing, Cross Country Skiing, Men’s Curling, Figure Skating, Women’s Hockey, Judo, Snowboard, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis and of course Archery.

I am now listed on the Canada Winter Games website as one of the attending athletes representing Ontario. The archery competition starts during week two on Tuesday, Feb 22nd and you can watch each day of competition through Bell Aliant live web streaming here. Good luck to all the athletes!

Going to the Canada Winter Games

After three months of training and posting one of the top three qualifying scores in the province, I was invited to the Canada Winter Games trials in Peterborough.

The trials were a two-day competition against two amazing archers, Kristen Chuli and Chantelle Petrie for the only women’s recurve spot on the Ontario Archery Team.

Although I did post the top qualifying score I was considered the dark horse because I am much younger than the other competitors. It was a very intense competition with such great archers and it was  a great privilege to be invited. On the first day of the competition I managed to post my personal best and after all scores were tallied and I was very fortunate to win the only spot on Team Ontario.

This just proves the saying:

To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality. That means practice.” Seve Ballesteros

“I’ve always worked very, very hard, and the harder I worked, the luckier I got.” Alan Bond

The Canada Games are Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes held every two years, alternating between summer and winter.

Archery joined the Canada Summer Games in 1977  as an outdoor event and in 2003 Winter Games as an indoor sport.

There are four categories in archery: Compound males, Recurve males, Compound females and Recurve females. Four events make up the sport of archery at the Canada Games: men’s and women’s individual events and a team event where a male and female shooter are paired.

The Canada Games is the premier event for Canada’s young athletes. For more information about the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, check out their website.