Cariboo Archer Al Campsall was in Vancouver last week as one of three finalists in the Sport BC Master Athlete of the Year Award.
Campsall, who has multiple national championships and Canadian records in the sport, was up against Vancouver golfer Doug Roxburgh and Vancouver orienteerer Brian Ellis, and finished in either second or third place.
Ellis, a world orienteering champion, wound up as the recipient.
“They don’t tell you anything other than the name of the winner,” Campsall said.
“It was a thrill to be counted among these impressive athletes.”
Other honourees were the B.C. members of the Olympic gold-medal-winning hockey team, including Carey Price, as well as numerous other Olympic athletes and world champions.
“Being there and not winning has strengthened my resolve to succeed,” he said.
“I truly feel blessed to have been included in this gala event.”
Campsall, alongside fellow lakecity archers Fred Streleoff, Jessie Mobbs and Dan Mobbs will represent Team Canada in August at the 2015 world championships.
Three of the four Cariboo Archers on Team Canada also shot at the Prince George Indoor Shoot last weekend in preparation for the Canadian Indoor 3D Championships this weekend in Cloverdale.
Streleoff sniped first place in the recurve division, Dan took second, and Campsall nailed first in the compound division.
“We’re all excited about the fun flat-field outdoor 3D shoot behind the Bond Lake Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association Clubhouse starting at 9 a.m. on the April 11-12 weekend,” Campsall said.
“We’re even including a shorter indoor course for those who are younger or new to archery.”
There will be a concession on site for archers and guests.