Namibia’s Junior/Cadet recurve and Compound archers have managed to perform exceptionally well in the World Archery Youth Championships held in Rosario, Argentina recently.
The results are as follows:
Recurve Cadet Men: Adriaan Grobler finished in 104th place at a 60m distance with a score of 593 and lost against Cheremiskin Stanislav (Russia) 6:2 on the set system.
CF Brandt finished in 105th place at a 60m distance with a score of 588 but did not make elimination rounds.
Recurve Cadet Women: Quinn Reddig finished in 78th place at a 60m distance with a score of 576, and lost in elimination against Inga Pever (USA) 6:2 on the set system.
Compound Junior Women:
Elizabeth Taljaard finished 26th place at a 50m distance with a score of 653. She beat Nora Valdez (Colombia) in the first round of eliminations with 135:133, and lost against Fernanda Zepeda (Mexico) with 138:135.
Compound Cadet Men: Duan Engelbrecht finished 30th at a 50m distance with a score of 667. Beating Hugo Rollan Fernandez (Spain) with 134:131 in the first round of eliminations, but lost against Ethan Merril (USA) with 141:131 in the second round of eliminations.
Dirk de Bod finished 32nd at a 50m distance with a score of 666. He beat Marcus Arlefur-Wällstedt (Sweden) with 141:128 in the first round of eliminations, but lost against Bryan Alvardo Fernandez (Puerto Rico) by 1 point 136:135.
Christiaan Louw finished in 37th place at distance of 50m with a score of 663. He lost his elimination round against Mathia Fullerton (Denmark) by a score of 135:132.
The archers had to compete in severe rainstorms and gusting winds of up to 45km / hour to secure the spots.
“Rosario’s weather is a huge factor for our young archers, with winds of between 39-50km per hour and rain from time to time. The first day of practice had to be cancelled as the range was under 20cm of water. The tents were blown away, and the local organising committee had to rebuild and set up new offices for registration. The wind is a huge factor as well as the cold, wet conditions that our archers are not used to,” Namibia’s Quinn Redding said.
He further added the biggest challenge is to stay mentally sharp against the other archers as they face such unfamiliar weather.
He said their opponents are entirely unknown to them and they are competing against the best in the world.
However, At the Youth Olympics, 64 archers compete in total, split 32:32 between girls and boys and all archers have to attain a minimum level ahead of the Games, with boys needing to score 610 points and girls 600 points on a 72-arrow 60-metre ranking round.
The Namibian Sports Commission have not added a single penny to assist the team in taking part in the world championships, and parents have paid for all expenses The Villager learnt.