Add a world championships medal to the impressive hardware haul for archer Miranda Sparkes.
Sparkes, a product of the Osoyoos Archery Club and coached by Brock Paton, was a member of the three-women Canadian team — also including Monica Higgins and Trudy Dryden — that captured a silver medal at the World 3D Archery Championships held in Lac La Biche, Alta., earlier this month.
The team, ranked fifth in the world coming into the competition, fell to sixth-seeded France in the final match, falling by 15 points 110-95.
The team defeated the the top-seeded United States 108-96 in the semi-final, after defeating Austria(4) 104-101 in the quarter-final.
“This is the first silver metal ever won by a male or female team in the world 3D’s,” reported Paton, himself a competitor at the six-day competition that wrapped up Sept. 7. “In fact it is the first metal of any colour won by the teams.”
Sparkes, ranked third in the longbow classification, finished sixth in the individual event, falling in a quarterfinal match to American Amber Yott.
For Paton, watching his young student celebrate a world medal was a sweet experience.
“I had my day in the limelight four years ago in Tierney, Italy,” he said. “As she is my student I couldn’t be prouder — even if I was her dad.”