The Windhoek Field Archery (WFA) this past weekend successfully kicked off the first shoot competition for this year at their range outside Windhoek.
Namibia has promising archers who stand a great chance of qualifying for national colors to represent Namibia in the upcoming world championships at Potchefstroom, South Africa in October, vice president of Archery Association of Namibia (AAN) Bea Viviers has said.
“The shooters are very competitive and we are looking forward to building a strong team to represent the country. This was just the beginning and things are still slow but the shooters have demonstrated that they mean business when it comes to competition,” she said.
She added that although the shooters will still take part in many more competitions before the world championship, the first competition of the year has already showed signs that the shooters are ready to display excellent shooting skills in any other competition they will take part in.
During the past weekend’s shoot competition 12 archers took part including three new comers who recently joined the AAN archers.
In the adult female bowhunter unlimited category, Liezl Schoeman scooped the first place collecting 508 points of shooting.
The junior male freestyle unlimited category was won by Gideon Brink Jnr with 512 while Mathys de Preez came in the second place with 406 points.
Louan Groenewald won the adult male freestyle unlimited scooping the first place with 545 points followed by Jaco Vermaak with 528 points while Piet Zondagh scored 491 points and in the fourth place Waldo van Wyk scored 476 points.
Jan Hedrik van Wyk was the top shooter in the young adult’s freestyle category scoring 498 points while AJ Groenewald come out in the second place with 498 points.
Viviers has however said that funding is still a challenge for the AAN to host competitions which are supposed to prepare archers for the world championships.
“The association is facing challenges with funding and we are sourcing funding from different private partners to host these competitions. Once we secure funding needed to run the association we will create platforms where our players will take on each other in preparation for the world championships,” she said.
She added that the archers have a minimum of 2 shooting competitions in Namibia per month from Luderitz, Omaruru and Windhoek and some in Tsumeb.
Field archery’s next shoot will be in February on their range outside Windhoek with shoots to follow this year in Luderitz and Omaruru.