Karen Van Nest

Karen Van Nest

 

Karen Van Nest is one of the most versatile athletes in Paralympic sport.

In London 2012, Van Nest competed at her fourth Paralympic Games, but her first as an archer. She was also on Team Canada at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in the sport of pistol shooting. Her top finish was a fourth place in Sydney, where she missed the podium by seven-tenths of a point.

After Beijing, Van Nest experienced problems with her right shoulder and retired from shooting. It was at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games that she discovered archery after a Team Canada member invited her to watch them compete. The archery bow did not hamper her shoulder and she took up the sport. Van Next made the national archery team in 2009 and has competed at three world championships (2009, 2011, 2013).

Since then she has climbed the world standings. At the 2014 Pan Am Championships she collected two medals (silver and bronze). She won silver at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games in the women's compound bow.

In addition to shooting and archery, Van Nest displayed her rowing skills in 2006 when she won a bronze medal at the world championships.

Van Nest began shooting in 1996, the year she found out about the Paralympic pistol disciplines. She was named to the national team in 1998. A year later, she won a bronze at her first international competition.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Named to four Paralympic Games teams (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)… Was the 1999, 2006, 2007 Mississauga Disabled Athlete of the Year…

PERSONAL

Part of CIBC Team Next… She trains with the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association Archery Club… Also loves to kayak and bike… Lost her leg in a motorcycle accident in 1985… Wears a prosthetic limb…Graduated from the welding program at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in 1989.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2015 Parapan American Games 2nd individual compound bow
2014 Pan Am Championships, 3rd compound open
2014 Pan Am Championships, 2nd mixed team
2013 World Championships 7th team
2013 World Championships 17th individual
2012 Paralympic Games 9th archery
2008 Paralympic Games 10th air pistol
2004 Paralympic Games 5th air pistol
2004 Paralympic Games 17th sport pistol
2000 Paralympic Games 4th air pistol

 

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsArcheryCompound Bow Individual - Womensilver

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Archery Compound Bow Individual - Women 9
2016 Rio Paralympics Archery Compound Bow Team - Mixed 8
2012 London Paralympics Archery Compound Bow Individual - Women 9
2008 Beijing Paralympics Shooting P2 - 10m Air Pistol - Women 10
2004 Athens Paralympics Shooting P2 - 10m Air Pistol - Women 5
2004 Athens Paralympics Shooting 25m Sport Pistol - Open 17
2000 Sydney Paralympics Shooting P2 - 10m Air Pistol - Women 4
Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Archery Compound Bow Individual - Women 2