Greg Maund has been an archer for 15 years. In 2002 Maund won the national championship at the Canada Winter Games. This year he is setting his sights a little higher.
Maund is hoping to qualify for the World Indoor Championships in 2005 which will be held in Denmark this season.
Maund's archery journey has had many peaks and valleys during the last 15 years.
“I just started in Junior Olympic Program, shooting a recurve bow and I wasn’t really good at it I didn’t practice at all and I just kept coming back and got better. When I was 13 or 14 my parents bought me a bow and I started competing with a compound,” said Maund. When he first started competing Maund had a difficult time adapting to the situation.
“I shot poorly at first because I wasn’t used to it. Competition is different than practice. Your heart beats a little faster and you’re nervous.”
Maund competed in the compound open men’s division and is battling a couple of his team mates for a qualifying spot on the Canadian team which takes three archers in each division.
“It’s fun. I know I could win if I shoot very well and they have as good a chance of getting in as I do. It’s a lot of focus and concentration,” said Maund.
To qualify for the worlds Maund had to do two fitas and send in his scores. From there the national organization goes through all the scores and selects the team.
Maund has had to overcome a little bad luck this season.
“Things were going really well at the start, except my release broke in my hand and that’s been a rather large drawback. I’ve borrowed another release and I’m shooting better now. The only thing that stands in the way if I make the team is funding,” said Maund.