International Women’s Day celebrates the phenomenal achievements of female trailblazers and the organizations, including those in sport, who advocate for equity and equality between the genders.
Archery has long been a leader in sporting gender equity. Here are five reasons for archers in the Americas to celebrate International Women’s Day.
- The continent’s best archer is female
Sara Lopez is the reigning world number one, the reigning World Archery Champion and the winningest archer in the history of the Hyundai Archery World Cup, having taken the title for a record sixth time in 2021.
The Colombian archer leads by example – and has generated huge interest for the sport, and her achievements, since breaking onto the international scene nearly 10 years ago.
She was recognized for those achievements by the Guinness World Records today as well.
- Archery has had a lot of female firsts
As well as being one of the first sports to feature Olympic competition for women, World Archery was the first international federation to have a female president.
The board of World Archery Americas is currently led by a woman, Maria Emma Gaviria.
- Mixed team
The Olympics in Tokyo debuted the mixed team competition, which has been a part of other international events for over a decade, making the final step in its full inclusion on the world stage.
Mixed team events pit men and women against each other in exactly the same situation, in exactly the same environment.
- Stronger together
The number one teams in the compound women’s (Colombia) and recurve women’s (Mexico) world rankings are both from the Americas, proving that there’s depth in excellence in female archery in this part of the world.
For the second time in the last three world championships, the Mexican recurve women came close to taking the world title from the undisputed favorites from Korea.
- Celebrating input
National federations from across the Americas have been celebrating the contributions of female athletes and administrators on International Women’s Day in 2022. Here’s some highlights:
Bermuda: Recognized Trina Roberts (secretary general) and Robin Selley (athlete) for setting an example in the federation and sports community in the island.
USA: Recognized talented female archers throughout its history, including 1972 Olympic Champion Doreen Wilber, and the runner-up at the last world championships (at the then-age of 17) Casey Kaufhold.