Namibian archers will be taking part in the World National Archery in Schools Programs at the Calgary Alberta, Canada in July this year.
The 16 archers have already started with preparations as they have been taking part in every competition in and out of the country and will continue doing so, the secretary of NASP Karola Woortman has told The Villager.
“These competitions are part of their preparations. We are optimistic that we will bring home medals because we are producing winners. We trust and believe that once we are there we will do our best as a team. I trust in all the archers. They are the best. The motto of our team is ‘We believe in ourselves’,” she said.
She added that the archers are already aware of the kind of competitors they might be competing against and have been trying hard to be the best of the best on their level.
Woortman also said that finding sponsors is the biggest challenge they have been facing because flight tickets cost almost N$30 000 per person, saying that the group welcomes anyone who can get the tickets at a cheaper cost.
NASP recently held the first of many competitions at Walvis Bay Archery in the School Program (WASP) club at the Jan Wilkens Stadium which has proven to be a resounding success.
“About 106 archers from different schools and organisations, including the 32 archers selected to compete in Springs, South Africa at the Africa All Stars from 25 April to 30 April 2018 and a lot of fresh faces were in action,” she said.
She added that at five o’clock the Adult Archery Group (AAG) ended off the day of shooting, where after the prize-giving took place at the Walvis Bay Bowling Club.
Archers that were selected to take part in the World NASP are Dominique Bekker; Pieter Hough FP Scholtz; Lukas Els; Johannes Jacobus ; Andilla Jaarsak ;Delron Gaoseb; Hennie Nell; Gerhard Koen and Melany Erasmus.