There are only six Canadian junior athletes that qualified for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships in Yankton, South Dakota Feb. 14-19, and two of them shoot out of the Timberland Bowbenders Archery Club in Prince Albert.
Prince Albert’s Tristan Moran, 19, and Weirdale’s Ashlyn Scriven qualified for the world event and will represent Canada and Prince Albert on the world stage.
For Moran, this is his third world championships. He made his worlds debut in 2015, which also happened to be in Yankton. He finished in the Top 10 in all three of his events that year in the under-18 cadet category, sixth in the team event, seventh in the individual event and ninth in the mixed team event.
“It was the first time so it was pretty serious—nervous,” Moran said.
Last year, Moran had his best success by finishing second with Team Canada at the 2017 World Archery Championships in Rosario, Argentina.
Moran anchored Team Canada which also included Cole Beres from Calgary and Jordan Adachi from Cranbrook, B.C. They will be reunited for this year’s event.
“I don’t have any nerves if I get there because I’ve been there before—it’s the most high nerves place you can be. I should be able to handle myself better now,” he said.
For Scriven, she is making her worlds debut.
It’s an uphill battle to qualify for the world tournament. Competitors have to be in the top three in all of Canada, which Scriven accomplished this year.
“I’m really excited and I’m looking for to it,” Scriven said. “I wanted to make sure I’d go, I practiced lots and made the effort. It worked out.”
Scriven got into archery with the 4-H Club, after being introduced to the sport by a friend nine years ago. She hasn’t put the bow down since.
“You get to try and make personal bests and push yourself,” Scriven said. “You have to want it, you can’t just say ‘yeah, that would be cool,’ you have to work for it and you have to have dedication. Mental game is kind of key, you have to keep strong and stay out of your head, really.”
She practices eight to 10 hours a week, while performing the juggling act of hitting the books and hitting targets.
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