Tributes to Mexican youth international Carlos Vaca

Carlos Vaca shoots in 2022.

Carlos Vaca, a member of Mexico’s youth teams since 2018, died this week at the age of 20.

From the state of Querétaro, Carlos was a Youth Olympian at Buenos Aires 2018, won the first Pan American Youth Championships last year, and competed in the open trials for the Mexican senior team in Mexico City last weekend.

Many archers posted tributes to Carlos on their social media channels.

Olympic silver medallist Aida Roman shared an Instagram story that read: “Today an arrow has flown higher and farther, up to the sky. The purpose of an arrow is to fly and hit our target. However, today the quiver has been left empty, like the bow, a shooting line, the team, a friend, a country. The impact of that shot has left us shocked, bewildered and gasping for air. Rest in Peace, Carlos Vaca. My most sincere condolences to all your loved ones.”

Ana Vazquez added: “Great archer, friend, musician but above all person. You have a space in the hearts of all the archers of Mexico and I’m sure of the whole world as well. Rest, at last, in the peace that you were looking for, friend. Fly high Vaquita. Keep doing somersaults, pulling amazing backflips and playing guitar and piano up there. I love you very much.”

Valentina Vazquez posted the following.

Post by Valentina Vazquez.

Support has been offered to Mexican archers affected by the loss, particularly those who were competing alongside Carlos at the recent trials, via the psychologist of the national team.

More information can be found attached to the following post on Facebook.

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