Janice Boucher has always been involved in sports. She has competed in volleyball, curling, bowling, fastball, slo-pitch, swimming and equestrian. She has enjoyed success in all ventures, but it wasn’t until she took up archery that she excelled.
Janice got involved in the sport later in her athletic career, but for most of the 1990s she was one of the dominant female competitors in the country. Janice won her first provincial medal in 1993 when she struck gold in the FITA indoor female bowhunter release category. Janice would win that same event for the next two years along with the indoor 3-D competitions and she amassed an outstanding six straight provincial outdoor 3-D titles beginning in 1994.
Janice’s biggest year came in 1995 when she not only won the three aforementioned provincial titles, but she also captured the FITA Canadian Regionals and established a new Canadian record at the national 3-D event. From there she went to her first world competition in Flatwood, West Virginia, and again she captured a gold medal in the female bowhunter release discipline.
Janice continued to compete after her world championship year and she continued to claim provincial and national titles in bowhunter release and bowhunter open competitions. Janice set another Canadian record in 1997 when she topped the field at the FITA Canadian Regionals and in 1999 she not only participated in the 3-D events, but she took her best shot at target competitions. The results remained the same as she won both the FITA and Field categories, but at nationals she was third in FITA and fourth in Field.
Janice remains active in the provincial archery scene as she holds both a judge’s certificate and is a Level 1 coach. Born in Prince Albert and the mother of three children, Janice is proud to call Prince Albert home. The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is proud to call her one of its own and it is with great pleasure that Janice is inducted into the athlete category.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.