Biography:

Georcy Thiffeault Picard has wanted to represent Canada since she first watched Olympic archery on TV from Athens 2004. She also had the luck to cross paths with archers who have participated in the Olympic Games. She made her international debut at the World Youth Championships in 2008 and also competed at that event in 2009 and 2011 before making her senior world championship debut in 2013, the same year she competed in her first World Cup. Thiffeault Picard achieved a career highlight in the summer of 2014 when she surpassed the 1300 point mark in the 1440 round, an important step in the career of an archer. She also set a Canadian record and three provincial records at the 2014 Quebec Championships. Thiffeault Picard won the 2015 Canadian trials, earning her a spot on her first Pan Am Games team for Toronto 2015 where she finished tied for ninth individually and was part of the sixth place Canadian women’s team. She made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Georges Picard and Nancy Thiffeault… Her name is a portmanteau of her parents’ names… Siblings Eric and Jonathan Fournier… Getting into the Sport: Started in archery at age 9 after discovering the sport at summer camp… Was drawn to the fact that it is difficult and impossible to be perfect… Also likes that it keeps her outdoors all summer and she is the only person who controls her score, not some judges… Outside Interests: Enjoys being outdoors and going to the movies… Pursuing a certificate in administration at UQAM… Volunteers as an administrator and competition organizer with Club de tir à l’arc de Montréal… Odds and Ends: Nicknames: Doudoune, Ge-oh… Role model is coach Sylvain Cadieux who remains humble and accessible despite being an Olympian… Distracts herself on the way to the competition venue by singing along to her favourite songs in the car… Favourite quote: “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve…