Kevin Evans and Karen Van Nest to represent Canada in Paralympic para-archery competition
Two veterans with the bow and arrow were officially announced on Thursday by Archery Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee as this country’s two representatives at the Rio Paralympics in September.
Karen Van Nest of Wiarton, Ont. is making her fifth appearance at Paralympics — second in para-archery — while Kevin Evans of Jaffray, B.C. is competing at his third Games.
“Karen and Kevin have had a solid start to this season, after several international tournaments overseas,” said Ryan Van Berkel, volunteer coordinator for Archery Canada’s para-archery program and the team leader for Rio 2016. “Their physical and mental training and preparation continues to go well in the lead-up to the Games. I look forward to working with our athletes, their coaches, and performance team in these final weeks leading to Rio.”
As a competitor in the women’s open compound bow, Van Nest is ranked 13th in the world out of 62 archers. Evans is currently ranked 26th out of 146 in the world in the men’s open compound bow.
He is a two-time world champion (2007 and 2009) and won gold at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. His best Paralympic result was fifth place in the compound bow at the Beijing Paralympics.
Van Nest won silver at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and competed in the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympics in pistol shooting. Rio will mark the second time that she competes in archery. She came in ninth place at the 2012 London Games.
The para-archery events set for September 10 to 17.