Cariboo Archers were once again representing Williams Lake and B.C. at the Canadian 3D Archery Championships in Windsor, Ont. July 30-31.
Multi-time champions Al Campsall and Fred Streleoff competed.
“The competition was fierce and the courses were very challenging,” Campsall said.
“Sadly, I finished three points shy of winning my 13th straight Canadian 3D Championship. The silver medal was the one I earned.”
Campsall said he was very upset with his shooting and having his streak come to an end.
“Several of my repeat competitors razzed me and wanted me to shoot in my actual age category so they could have a better chance to win,” he joked. “I received a lot of good-natured ribbing from the men I routinely compete against at the Canadian Championships.”
Campsall, 63, said he competes in a younger age category, 50-plus, so he has a chance to qualify for Team Canada.
“I have to shoot from a 50-yard max to be compared with all the young bucks with whom I compete for Team Canada,” he said, noting he is reinvigorated and determined to work even harder.
Streleoff, meanwhile, was again selected to the 2017 Team Canada competing in Robion, France at the World Championships.
At the Canadian 3D Championships Streleoff came from behind to win his eighth straight Canadian championship.
After day one, Streleoff was behind B.C.’s Dave March, however, rallied to improve each day and dominated the field to win by a solid 45 points.
“A very impressive feat when we consider that the only gold medal Canada has ever won at the World 3D Championships came in Fred’s category,” Campsall said. “Canada has a history of strong recurve shooters.”
Fred already has a fifth-place result at the worlds and Campsall noted he’s working hard to win a medal for Canada in 2017.
“Fred is a tireless worker and strives consistently to improve,” he said.
All of Team Canada’s positions are now decided except for compound men and compound women as several provinces have not finished their provincial championships.
Campsall said his scores to date should put him into consideration as one of the top three compound male shooter positions.