2024 WW Gunter Bursary Recipient

Ryder Wilson is the recipient of the 2024 WW Gunter Memorial Bursary

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Archery Foundation is excited to announce that this year’s recipient of the WW Gunter Memorial Bursary is Ryder Wilson of Selkirk, MB.

Ryder’s archery journey began 7 years ago when he joined his local archery club. He began shooting with a compound bow but was informed of the opportunities available to him and switched to a recurve bow early on.

Ryder indicates it was the 2018 Manitoba games experience that “cemented the love I have for the sport.”  He attended his first Canadian Outdoor National event in 2022, medalling in all three of the events he shot. He was selected to join Archery Canada’s Next Gen program, under the direction of the Junior national coach, Dr. Soha Mahmoud.

In 2023, Ryder represented Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games where he won gold in the individual male recurve event and with the help of his fellow archers, took home silver in the mixed team event. He travelled to the United States competing against some of North America’s most talented archers at the Vegas Shoot, Arizona Cup and the Buckeye Classic. He was happy to secure a couple of match play victories. He was later selected to compete for Canada at the World Archery Youth Championships in Limerick Ireland. While he didn’t medal at this event, he was happy to win a match at a world event. Ryder is currently ranked the number two U18 male recurve target archer in Canada.

Ryder is planning on attending the University of Manitoba next year where he will study in the faculty of science before entering their nursing program.   

The WW Gunter Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by the Canadian Archery Foundation to a Canadian archer between the ages of 17 and 21, who has competed or will be competing for Canada at a World Championship or international archery competition and who is planning to pursue a post-secondary education. Most importantly, the archer must conduct themselves in a manner that is a credit to their sport, their country, and always maintain a sense of dignity and sportsmanship in victory and defeat.

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