Crispin Duenas and Stephanie Barrett have their target in sight for this summer – the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
They will compete individually and together, joining forces in the first mixed team event in Olympic history.
Barrett will be at his first Olympic Games in Tokyo. She qualified with her second place finish earlier this year at the Americas Continental Qualifier in Monterrey, Mexico.
Barrett started archery only five years ago and quickly rose through the ranks. In 2018, she was crowned Canadian champion, just two years after grasping the bow and arrows for the first time. Since then, she has represented Canada at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and other international competitions.
In March, she finished fifth at the Pan American Championships. She continued in May with a performance setting her to equal the Canadian record for the highest score for a Canadian archer in an international meet, amassing 652 points at the World Cup in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Being in the Olympics has been a dream since I was very young,” says Barrett. With all the hard work and love and support from so many amazing people, that dream is finally becoming a reality this year in Tokyo. It is an honor to wear the maple leaf and I am excited to represent Canada and compete for a place on the podium! “
Duenas brings a wealth of experience to the team as it enters its fourth Olympic Games. A member of the national team for nearly two decades, he has competed in 12 editions of the World Championships and four Pan American Games. In Lima in 2019, he won gold in the recurve men’s event, adding to the silver medal he won at the 2011 Guadalajara Games.
One of Duenas biggest career highlights was at the 2013 World Archery World Championships, where his bronze medal represented Canada’s first individual recurve bow medal at the Worlds in 42 years. He peaked in his career in June 2014 when he rose to fifth in the world.
“It’s an honor to have been selected for my fourth Olympic Games,” said Duenas. The training and dedication invested over the past five years is really paying off and I’m happy to have a trusted teammate like Stephanie to compete in the first ever mixed Olympic team event in history. “
Duenas and Barrett competed together in the mixed team event, placing fourth at the 2019 Pan Am Games.
The archery events at the Tokyo 2020 Games will be played at Yumenoshima Park. The competition gets underway on July 23, the day of the opening ceremony with the individual ranking rounds for men and women. The mixed team event will be contested on July 24. The knockout rounds for the men’s and women’s individual events will be staged July 27-31.
Canada has yet to win Olympic medals in archery. The best Canadian result was achieved at the 1976 Montreal Games, when Lucille Lemay finished fifth in the women’s individual competition.
Archery athletes from Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Games:
Stephanie Barrett (Mississauga, ON) – Women’s Individual Recurve and Mixed Team
Crispin Duenas (Scarborough, ON) – Men’s Individual Recurve and Mixed Team