Prince Albert archers on target at 2019 provincial tournament

Daniel Liboiron of the Timberland Bowbenders draws back an arrow during the 2019 SAA Indoor Archery Target Provincial Championships in Prince Albert. Liboiron would end up winning silver in the Senior Male Recurve category, making him one of nine Prince Albert archers to take home a medal. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Competitors from Prince Albert’s Timberland Bowbenders came away with five gold medals and another four silvers as archers from across the province descended on the Alfred Jenkins Field House for the 2019 SAA Indoor Archery Target Provincial Championships.

Timberland archers Cohen Quick (Pre-cub male – Compound), Hannah Siwak (Senior female – Compound), Tristan Moran (Senior male – Compound), Marilyn Alexander (Master 60 Female – Compound Unlimited) and Jim Street (Master 60 Male – Compound Unlimited) all took home gold medals, helping the Prince Albert-based club to the second highest gold medal total at the competition.

The Frontier Bowmen Archery Club out of Regina took home the most gold medals with seven, while the Redvers Wildlife Archery club tied Timberland for second.

Local gold medal winners, like 11-year Cohen Quick, said it was thrilling to take the top spot on home soil.

“I was happy,” Quick said afterwards. “Happy and energetic and excited.”

While the top shooters were the main focus, the most exciting competition was a battle for second place.

Timberland archers Kamryn Dumais (Cub female – Compound), Amy Lafond (Cadet female – Recurve), Robert Parent (Senior male – Barebow) and

Daniel Liboiron (Senior male – Recurve) all took home silver medals, but in Dumais’ case, it came down to a final tiebreaker.

Both Dumais and Noelle Case of the Vanscoy Bowbusters finished with 513 points. However, Dumais was awarded second place by virtue of having more perfect shots.

“I was shocked,” a jubilant Dumais said after the award ceremony. “I though I was going to be in fourth. When they told me that I won by one more 10 than the other person, I wasn’t really listening, so I was just surprised…. I had no idea that would happen.”

Although it’s nice to finish off a weekend tournament with a medal, both Quick and Dumais said it’s the social aspect of archery that’s the most enjoyable. During the tournament, it’s sometimes hard to stop visiting and start focusing, but neither would have it any other way.

“Once you get out there and shoot a couple rounds … it’s like you’re having so much fun you can’t stop shooting and all you want to do is talk to the people that you’re shooting with,” Dumais chuckled. “I mean, that’s what I feel.”

“It’s hard and your emotions change a lot,” Quick added. “One moment you’re angry and another moment you’re happy and cheering. It goes fast.”

2019 Saskatchewan Archery Association Indoor Target Provincial

Medalists from Prince Albert’s Timberland Bowbenders Archery Club

Gold:

Cohen Quick (Pre-cub male – Compound)

Hannah Siwak (Senior female – Compound)

Tristan Moran (Senior male – Compound)

Marilyn Alexander (Master 60 Female – Compound Unlimited)

Jim Street (Master 60 Male – Compound Unlimited)

Silver:

Kamryn Dumais (Cub female – Compound)

Amy Lafond (Cadet female – Recurve)

Robert Parent (Senior male – Barebow)

Daniel Liboiron (Senior male – Recurve)

Bronze:

None