The first International Judges Candidates Seminar since 2019 took place in Medellin, Colombia on April 8-10, 2022.
Judge Committee members Sergio Font, Indranil Datta and Robert Erica, plus International Judge and International Classifier Megan Tierney acted as presenters.
During the three-day seminar, candidates learned about the functions of an international judge and their role in archery disciplines such as target, field, 3D and para, along with how to conduct equipment inspections and procedures.
Sessions were divided between lectures and practical activities. Passing a final exam was required to be accredited.
Highlights of the seminar include:
- A session on para archery by a classifier/international judge with a practical session with nine para archers.
- A practical session on an archery field with stations to practice team round line judge duties, measurement on para archers, target procedures during finals as well as arrow calls and distance measurements.
- A thorough session on field and 3D with questions on these disciplines also featured in the exam.
- Youth judges were eligible to attend after the change made in Appendix 4 of the World Archery Rulebook to make the title of Youth Judge equal to that of Continental Judge.
Of the 25 candidates that took the final exam, 18 passed. Ten of those are from the Americas. Congratulations to:
- Ana Luiza de Mesquita (BRA)
- Erick Leite (BRA)
- Eric Fok (CAN)
- Michael Oneschuk (CAN)
- Natalia Londoño (COL)
- Fatima Abullarade (ESA)
- Alma Piñeiro (MEX)
- Jennifer Laux (USA)
- Andrew Neville (USA)
- Curtis Balusek (USA)