VI Archers at the Pan AM Championships – Elimination day

The VI Archers faced challenges on their second day at the Pan Am Championships. As the competition continued, Valentine Zahrenbelnyj kicked off the day at 8:30 AM, squaring off against Justin Guthier of Canada, who held the 4th rank after qualifications. 

Despite having less than 7 months of experience shooting compound, Valentine pushed through, though he ended with a lower score than desired, and Justin emerged victorious.

Ava Ghiorse, our under-15 recurve competitor, faced Rebecca Recinos Contreras in the first round, who held the 3rd rank after qualifications. Ava led in the first two ends but encountered issues when her sight moved, causing her to drop three arrows. Although she attempted to rectify the issue, time was insufficient. However, she finished strongly with a score of 23 in her last end. After less than a year of shooting recurve, Ava concluded her elimination day with a 7.6 average. She expressed, “I’m glad my average improved from qualification day, but there’s room for more improvement. I’ll be training harder to refine my form and eliminate other bad habits hindering my shooting ability.”

Later in the day, Winnette Lawrence competed against Joanne Yates of Trinidad and Tobago in the Bronze medal match. Despite grappling with issues with her release, Winnette’s equipment malfunctions affected her score, allowing Joanne to secure the win. Joanne then advanced to compete against Lin Carrie of the USA in the Gold Medal Match to take place on Sunday the 12th of May. Winnette earned another bronze with a score of 109-129 (Average 7.2). It was a fun and exciting experience meeting new people for the youngsters and thus concludes the journey for the VI Archery team at the 202 Pan Am Juniors and Masters Championships.

We have to truly thank our sponsors some of them are listed below. Ministry of Education and Culture, Nagico, the Olympic Committee, ATU BVI, O’Neal Webster, Crystal Clear Marine, Fast Ferry, Native Son, Martin Kenney, Yates Construction, Joma and Leverick Bay. Without the support of the community, we cannot do what we have done.

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