Van Nest captures silver on final day of para-archery competition.

August 10, 2015

TORONTO (August 10, 2015) - Karen Van Nest of Wiarton, Ont. captured the silver medal in the women’s compound open class of para-archery today against Jane Karla Gogel of Brazil, narrowly missing obtaining a qualification spot for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Van Nest finished with a score of 132 to Gogel’s 140 after shooting a disappointing first set.

"I had little bit of the jitters so that cramped my style initially,” said Van Nest following the match. "My competitor shot very well.  Even a gust of wind couldn't stop her. I'm still pretty new to this, so I’ll keep working with my coach. I need to work on my consistency and I need more shoot-off experience.”

Defending Parapan Am Champion Kevin Evans of Jaffray, B.C. finished fourth after losing to Ben Thompson of the USA in the bronze medal final.

"It didn't go as planned; I fell short,” said Evans. “I'm still aiming to get to Rio. It's a tough road to hoe! We now need to pull up our socks and do as well as we can in the future. We’ve all sacrificed a lot, because we all want to get to Rio."

The team will now head to the World Archery Para Championships which run from August 23-30 in Donaueschingen, Germany where they will again try to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.