More that 133 Senior and Junior archers battle each other out in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) competition, over the weekend. In the fi rst bulls eye Roud, Johann van Zyl from Windhoek Gymnasium shot 287 out of 300 with tens and Lukas Els from Carpe Deim Homeschool shot shot 287 with 18 tens.
In the second round both shot 286 out of 300 with 8 tens. Van zyl won the category senior boys by only one more than Lukas Els second runner up was Wian Lottering from Gobabis Gymnasium. The senior girls also battled it out to decide between the fi rst four places, with Melany Erasmus winning the senior girls category by only one point, fi st runner up was I sable Low from Gobabis Gymnasium and second runner up was Dominique Bekker from Walvisbaai Privaat School.
They battled it out with the number of 10s shot. The junior boys category was won by Wian van Zyl from Danie Joubert school with a total of 552 out of 600, fi st runner up was Zanders Els from Carpe Diem Homeschool. The second runner up was Mathew JOSE FROM Berg OP with only ne point less. In the junior girl’s category Mia Delport from Gobabis Gymnasium won the Gold Medal, fi st runner up winning Silver medal was Anrika van Zyl from Danie Joubert and second runner up was Angela Martins from Community Hope School taking Bronze medal for Bulls Eye round home. According to Karola Woortman the secretary general of Archery Association of Namibia (AAN), NASP has secure sponsors for competitions.
“Butt archery supplies is one of our main sponsors for competitions, sponsors that helped with the last competitions are, Toekoms Bow Hunting Safaris, Goba Lodge, Agua Royale Gobabis Toyota , MP Kisten Consulting and Williams Metaal werke,” Woortman said. She further added that currently the biggest challenge NASP faces is transport for the team and NASP management has submitted an application to sport commission for assistance with transport.
The Villager understands that 23 schools are registered with NASP and after the last ranking there are currently 205 archers on the archery ranking list. However, despite the sport enjoying quite a number of sponsors compared to any other sport codes in Namibia, Woortman appealed for more corporates to to play a major role. The Villager understands that a group of very dedicated people in archery are busy putting up an indoor archery range at the SKW ground and soon AAN will be able to host out door and in door world tournaments and championship.