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Namibian archery team receives bronze at All Africa Championships

by Rodney Pienaar

The Namibian archery team has received a bronze medal after beating Botswana in the Bulls Eye competition at the All Africa Championship that was held over the weekend in South Africa. 

About 128 archers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia competed in the championship, secretary of National Archery in the School Program Karola Woortman has said. 

South Africa won the overall gold while Zimbabwe received the silver.

“Arrows flew for two days to determine the top Male and Female archers and the top teams. On Friday, every archer shot 3 Bulls Eye rounds to get a ranking score. With these scores each team was divided into top 8 and bottom 8. The top 8 of each country then started the elimination process on Bulls Eye targets, while the bottom 8 started shooting at the 3D animals,” she said. 

She added that the Namibian Development Team received a silver medal in the 3D competition, beating South Africa and Botswana.

Woortman also noted that Gerhard Koen, from Keetmanshoop won the individual gold for the Bulls Eye, 3D and overall competitions and also received the cup for the Development Team Champion.

In July the team will be flying to Canada to compete at the All Nations All Stars, where each country sends their top 16 archers.

“It was an eventful trip for our archers who visited Carnival City for bowling and for one archer it was meeting his dad who resides in South Africa for the first time. Gratitude to all our parents who made the trip possible. A special thanks to South Gate Service Station and Buitepos Service Station for a fuel sponsorship,” Woortman said.