Van Nest, Karen 2016

Last Name: Van Nest

Given Name(s): Karen Anne

Gender:  Female

Date of Birth: 29 September 1962

Birth Place: North Bay

Residence: South Bruce Peninsula

Province: Ontario

ClubBruce Peninsula Sportsmen's Association & Peel Archery Club

Bow:  PSE

Handdness: Left

Category (para-archers only): Women compound open

Types of Archery Pursued : Indoor target & outdoor target

Personal Coach’s Name: Kathleen Millar & Phil Henderson

Career:  Athlete and Volunteer

Why and when did you get involved in archery?

I wanted to retire from pistol shooting which I completed in for 12 years, but I wasn't ready to retire from sport.  It was at the Beijing Games 2008 that I was introduced to archery after a Para Archery Team member invited me to watch them compete. The transition was easy. My goal for 2009 was to make the national team. 

Hours of practice per week: currently 15-20 hrs

Archery Goals:

Short Term Goals: Become more consistent with scores each year & shoot 680/720 in 2016

Long Term Goals: Win a Paralympic Games medal

Previous National Team Member: National Para Team member since 2009

MajorCanadianTournamentResults:  Because I’m the only para compound female in Canada,  I win gold at every tournament which has a Para component.

Major International Tournament Results: 

Event:              Parapan Am Games

Year:                2015

Division:          Women's Para Compound Open

Placing:           Silver medal

Event:               Pan and Parapan Am Championships

Year:               2016

Division:          Women's Master Compound Open

Placing:           Gold medal

Division:          Women's Para Compound Open

Placing:           Gold medal

Records Set / Held:


Scored 145 in match play at 2016 Parapan Am Championships in Costa Rica, May 2016

Scored 689/720 in Winchester, Ontario in July 2016

Other Athletic Interests & Accomplishments Outside of Archery:

I enjoy canoeing, kayaking and biking recreationally.