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Archery Canada Annual Awards


Archery Canada Annual Awards: 2014 Recipients

(To be awarded in 2014 for outstanding achievement in 2013)

D.M. Lovo Award for Outstanding Contribution to Archery in Canada: GHISLAIN ARSENAULT


Ghislain Arsenault was the long-time Chair of the Archery Canada Judge Committee. Ghislain retired in August 2013. Throughout his chairmanship, Ghislain made a tremendous contribution to the growth and development of judging in Canada. Ghislain was instrumental in providing education and training opportunities for Canadian judges aspiring to become national and international level judges. In fact, Ghislain established the annual national judge training clinic that takes place at the national outdoor championships. Under his mentorship, numerous Canadian judges attained International Judge Appointment by World Archery. In 2012 Ghislain established the Archery Canada Judge Emeritus Award.

Ghislain was a long standing International Judge. Since his retirement from world championship and world cup judging, Ghislain has been awarded World Archery’s Judge Emeritus Award (2012) and at last year’s Archery Canada AGM he was awarded the Archery Canada Judge Emeritus Award. 

Ghislain has been an instrumental figure in the growth and development of archery judging in Canada. He is a most deserving recipient of the prestigious D.M. Lovo Award for his outstanding contribution to archery in Canada. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Ghislain for everything he has done to advance judging in Canada!

Ghislain was nominated by the Archery Canada Board of Directors (formerly the Executive Committee).


Greg Durward Volunteer of the Year Award Winner – PHIL PARLEE

Phil Parlee is a committed and energetic volunteer at the club, provincial and national levels. In 2013 New Brunswick hosted the Canadian Outdoor 3D, Field and Target Championships in Woodstock, NB where Phil served as Co-Chair of the Host Organizing Committee. As well, he played a critical and hands-on role in the design and set-up of the field courses and the target venues. He was also the lead administrative support volunteer and ‘trouble-shooter’ for all three Championships. At the club and provincial levels in 2013, Phil continued in his longstanding role as a judge. His expertise as a Continental Judge and his technical knowledge of archery (of note was his role as the Technical Delegate for the 2011 Canada Winter Games) has been invaluable to his home club the Sussex Golden Arrows and to both Archery New Brunswick and Archery Canada.

Phil was nominated by the Sussex Golden Arrows Club of Sussex, NB.


Dorothy Lidstone Female Athlete of the Year Award Winner – KAREN VAN NEST


Karen Van Nest of South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario struck silver in the individual open compound category at the 2013 Czech Target (para-archery World Ranking Event) in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Karen wasn’t satisfied with just the one podium finish. She and Kevin Evans teamed-up to capture the gold medal in the mixed open compound team event.  The Canadians beat a strong Russian mixed team to stand atop the medal podium.

Karen was a member of the Canadian Team that competed at the 2013 World Para-Archery Championship. Karen is currently ranked 4th in the World out of 35 athletes in the women’s individual open compound category.


Karen was nominated by the Archery Canada High Performance Committee.


Frank Jones Male Athlete of the Year Award Winner – CRISPIN DUENAS

In a field of 145 athletes from 62 countries, two-time Canadian Olympian, Crispin Duenas captured the bronze medal in the men’s individual recurve category at the 2013 World Archery Championship in Belek Antalya, Turkey. The bronze medal marked the first time in 42 years that Canada had finished on the podium at a World Championship in the Men’s Recurve individual category.

In the bronze medal match, Crispin who is 27 years old, won his first-ever World Championship medal. After defeating a string of top opponents in the elimination rounds (including 2012 Olympic silver medallist Takaharu Furukawa of Japan and 2012 World Cup medallist Markiyan Ivashko of Ukraine), the 2012 and 2008 Canadian Olympian faced China’s Dai Xiaoxiang for the first time in competition. Against the reigning individual Olympic bronze medallist and World Cup Final silver medallist, Crispin stormed to victory in just three sets. Under the pressure to deliver a 10 with his last arrow to win, Crispin blasted an arrow down for a perfect score.

In the men’s recurve team competition, Crispin and his teammates Jay Lyon and Hugh MacDonald had a strong competition placing 7th. This was the best performance for a Canadian men’s recurve team since 1971 when the Canadian team won bronze at that year’s World Championship.

Crispin was nominated by the Archery Canada High Performance Committee.


Female Junior Athlete of the Year Award Winner – BRITTANY JOHNSON


At the 2013 World Youth Archery Championship in Wuxi, China, Brittany Johnson of Cranbrook, BC

advanced to the quarter-finals in the women’s junior individual compound category. Brittany and her

Colombian competitor were in a see-saw battle right to the final arrow. The Colombian prevailed, winning

by one point and advancing to the semi-final round. Brittany finished a very respectable 8th place in a

field of 37 athletes from 19 countries.  

Brittany was nominated by the Archery Canada High Performance Committee.




Canada finished the 2013 World Youth Archery Championship in Wuxi, China on a high note as the

men’s team in the cadet compound category won the silver medal. The Canadian team, comprised of

Hunter McGinnis (Winnipeg, MB), Logan Kupchanko (Regina, SK) and Tyler Murphy (Fredericton, NB),

faced Turkey in the gold medal match. After building an early lead, Turkey prevailed in winning the match

by a score of 224-218. Logan followed in the footsteps of his older brother Michael who was a member of

the Junior Men’s Compound Team that won the gold medal for Canada at the 2011 World Youth Archery

Before facing the second-seed Turkey, the Canadians had upset two of the favourites in the elimination

rounds. Canada upset the fourth-seed from Russia in the quarter-finals and in the process set a World

record. In the semi-final, the Canadians once again proved to be ‘dragon slayers’ as they knocked-off top-

seeded Mexico. Mexico went on to beat the USA in the bronze medal match.


The Cadet Men’s Compound Team was nominated by the Archery Canada High Performance Committee.


Hank Wiseman Coach of the Year Award Winner – JOAN McDONALD

Joan McDonald of the Bullseye Buccanneers in Richmond Hill, Ontario is a multi-time winner of the Coach of the Year Award (last won in 2013). Joan is the personal coach of Crispin Duenas, bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championship. In 2013 Joan was the recipient of the prestigious Jack Donohue Coaching Award for outstanding contribution to coaching, awarded by the Coaches of Canada. As well, she was a 2013 recipient of the Coaching Excellence Award as the coach of 2013 World Championship bronze medalist Crispin Duenas, awarded by the Coaching Association of Canada.

In addition, Joan is the personal coach to a number of other athletes that competed at major 2013 international tournaments.

In addition to her many hours as a personal coach and National Team Head Coach, Joan is very involved in providing archery instruction and training to high school students in the Toronto area. As well, Joan played the lead role in founding the Ontario High School Archery Championship and continues to be the lead volunteer on the growth and development and delivery of this annual Championship.

Throughout 2013 Joan willingly gave of her time, experience and expertise to Archery Canada as the Senior Program Coordinator (of the High Performance Committee).  In this capacity, Joan played the lead role in all aspects of the Senior Team Program, including: development of Senior National Team selection criteria and Team selection; carding criteria and nomination; ranking criteria and ranking list management; administration of Senior National Team activities, events and programs; and administrative and technical support to the Archery Canada Executive Director. 

Joan was nominated by the Archery Canada High Performance Committee.


Sylvio Beauregard Judge of the Year Award Winner – CÉLINE GRAVEL


Céline Gravel was appointed as an International Judge by World Archery in the fall of 2013. Céline judged at the 2013 World Senior Championship. She has judged at numerous national championships and more recently at a number of continental tournaments. Céline is a valuable and active member of the Judge and Rules Committees. Céline made a significant contribution to the revisions and translation of the 2013 rulebook.


Céline was nominated by the Archery Canada High Performance Committee.

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