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80 archers to compete in NASP first competition

by Rodney Pienaar

National Archers in School Programme (NASP) will be hosting its first ranking shoot competition of the year, which is expected to accommodate 80 archers.

Close to 11 schools and archery organisations will take part in the competition which is scheduled to take place this weekend at Keetmanshoop, the secretary of NASP, Karola Woortman has said. 

“We will be starting this year on a high note. We are going to witness junior and senior archers in school shoot out for top ranking positions. This first tournament will determine the ranking of all archers that are registered with NASP. The ranking shoot is very important and not to be missed because it determines whether you are on top of the game of shooting. This determines if  you have what it takes to be one of the top archers in the country,” she said. 

She added that come this Saturday the archers will be showcasing their talents to earn respect in the archery fraternity, as points will be recorded and added up for ranking after the competition. 

The NASP development involves scholars from all regions in the country, who are in grade 4 to 12. 

The program which will start with ranking around Bulls Eye will be determined by the number of participants in each category and the groups will be divided in two. 

“It will be a long day but eventually it will end. I would like to urge all the archers to bring along their marked bows and arrows and they must make sure that they are fully functional as there is no repair or doing maintenance during the competition. Archery equipment used in NASP is highly standardised to be safe, durable, economical and most importantly universally fit for almost every student,” she said. 

She said the handling of teams and mixed teams will consist of two seniors, two juniors while two mixed teams may be entered from each school; club or organisation and only one female per team.

Woortman further said that this year will be full of excitement as 32 Namibian archers will be competing in South Africa and later in the year Namibia’s top 16 archers will go to Canada for an international competition.