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(Shown in photo above: front row – left to right: Tryston Scrivener, Tom Comberbach (National Judge Candidate), Nattasha Shpak, Sloane Scrivener, Chyler Sanders, Michael Oneschuk (National Judge). Back row – left to right: Avril Hatherell (Coach), Bryanne Lameg, Brady Klassen, Keenan Brown, Austin Taylor, Robbie Comberbach, Simon Potrebka, Kelly Taylor, Kyle Cherniak & Ryan Cherniak.)

Aug. 12, 2018

TRURO, N.S. — Ten archers representing Manitoba earned 12 podium spots at the Canadian National Archery Championship Aug. 8 to 12, and Team Manitoba won the coveted Fred Usher Cup for a second year in a row and for the third year of the past four.

Earning double gold (in target and field) was Austin Taylor, 18, of Winnipeg. Taylor’s 410 in field set the national record, besting the previous record by 10 points. Robbie Comberbach, 16, also of Winnipeg, earned a gold medal in field and a silver medal in target.

Brady Klassen, 16, of Winnipeg, earned a gold medal in target, as did Bryanne Lameg, another Winnipegger who is now on her way to Colombia to compete for a spot at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Peru.

Chyler Sanders and Nattasha Shpak, both 14 and both from Winnipeg, earned silver and bronze in target respectively, while Simon Potrebka and Keenan Brown won bronze in their respective target categories. Ryan Cherniak, 14, won bronze in target.

In the Canadian Open Match play elimination event, Pre Cub Compound shooter, Tryston Scrivener placed 3rd in his first time competing in the Cub Open Category. Kelly Taylor, also of Winnipeg, earned a bronze medal in field.

Austin Taylor and Potrebka shoot in the junior man, compound category, while Comberbach, Klassen, Kyle Cherniak  & Ryan Cherniak shoot in the cadet man, compound category. Sloan Scrivener shoot in the cub male compound category.  Sanders and Shpak shoot in the cub women compound category and Brown shoots in the compound men category. Kelly Taylor shoots in the master men compound category.  Bryanne Lameg shoots junior women compound category

Austin Taylor is Canada’s No. 1-ranked junior male archer — and second among men overall — while Comberbach and Klassen are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 respectively among cadet male archers.

Outdoor target archery consists of two days of shooting, each day featuring 12 rounds of six arrows each with a maximum score per arrow of 10 points, or 720 overall. Field archery consists of shooting three arrows at each of 24 targets set at varying distances with a maximum score of six points per arrow or 432 overall.

The Fred Usher Cup is a showdown of the provinces, and each match features four ends of six arrows per team (two arrows per archer) shot at a distance of 70 metres. Team Manitoba — Klassen, Austin Taylor and Comberbach — defeated key rival Alberta in their first match, and then defeated Newfoundland and Saskatchewan for the victory.