Jessa Heatherington takes aim at archery worlds

With a score of 276 out of a possible 300, Stettler's Jessa Heatherington, from William E. Hay Composite High School, ranked 31st of 153.

With a score of 276 out of a possible 300, Stettler’s Jessa Heatherington, from William E. Hay Composite High School, ranked herself 31st of 153 competitors in the Grade 10 level of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) world tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

Stettler’s Will Roberts also competed in the competition.

It was the Castor team that garnered the most attention out of local archers, however.

Castor’s Tayla Van Oers of Gus Wetter School excelled at the tournament, held July 22-25.

The Gus Wetter team had eight shooters, but Van Oers outperformed with a score of 287 out of 300, placing her 12th out of 167 shooters in Grade 11 girls’ level. She had an overall rank of 49 out of the 2,238 participants in the overall girls’ category.

Julie Schnell was the next best shooter with a score of 257 out of 300, ranking her 95th out of 153 participants at the Grade 10 girls’ level. She placed in the top half of the ranking in the overall girls’ category.

For the first time, a 3D category was introduced at the tournament, which saw Van Oers shooting for 269, placing her at 19 out of the 485 participants in the overall girls’ category.

She was followed by Katelynn Larson who scored 254 and ranked 198 in the same category.

For the All-Star World Championships, 16 shooters represented Team Canada, coached by Nancy Tamblyn of Castor and Hal Ziprick of Smoky Lake.

Although Team Canada defeated the UK, they came in a close fourth behind Namibia. The United States won the championship, with South Africa as runners-up.

Van Oers was the top Canadian female shooter.