Biography:

TORONTO 2015 will be the first major international competition at which Yanka Vasileva will represent Canada. She previously competed for her native Bulgaria at the 1994 ISSF World Junior Championships, the 1994 European Junior Championships, and the 2002 European Championships before moving to Canada in 2005. She won the 2015 Ontario Championship, setting a record score of 380. She also owns the Canadian Airgun Grand Prix record with a score of 383, set in 2013.

PERSONAL

Family: Parents Ilia Vasilev and Ivanka Vasileva… Moved to Canada in 2005 because of a desire to settle in Quebec… Getting into the Sport: Started shooting at age 19… Was drawn to the sport because of the patience and concentration required… Outside Interests: Enjoys playing tennis and doing outdoor activities… Works as a physical education teacher… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Higher, farther”… Has a lucky horseshoe she found…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Euro Ch: 2002 – 27th (10m air pistol)

Euro Ch (junior): 1994 – 37th (25m pistol)

ISSF WCh (junior): 1994 – 15th (10m air pistol), 33rd (25m pistol)