26 archers from all over Canada set their targets for Team Canada on the first day of the selection camp in Cambridge.
The four-day event is hosted by Archery Canada to determine the archery team heading to the Pan Am Games in Santiago, Chile in November.
“It was very nerve-wracking at first,” said Ben Lee, a Kitchener-based archer.
Lee said archery isn’t just a physical sport, it’s also a mental one.
“You have to have a strong mindset. Guessing yourself during a shot can be very detrimental to the shot,” Lee said.
An Archery Canada official said there is a science behind the sport of studying the wind and environment before a competition.
“In this field the wind is headwind today. This causes the arrows to move up and down depending on the wind strength,” said Archery Canada’s Shawn Riggs.
It’s a time sport. In some cases, you only have a few minutes or less to shoot all your arrows.
“We shoot up to eight hours in tournaments, so a lot of effort put into something that looks deceptively simple,” said Emilio Verdugo Paredes, a Waterloo archer.
The championships later this year are the best way to secure a spot for the 2023 Pan Am Games, also taking place in Santiago.