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AAN hosts popular Dornhuegel Guest Farm archery shoot

by Rodney Pienaar

The Archery Association of Namibia (AAN) hosted the popular annual Dornhuegel Guest Farm archery shoot over the weekend at the JP Radledge stadium in Tsumeb. 

This year, the grand prize was a paid weekend for two and all the archers took on the challenge in a fun “Blackjack” shoot, AAN president Heidi Redding said. 

“This year’s exciting shooting games were fun and filled with professional archery shooters. It was not only for the prize but for the love of the game. We are looking forward to more fun filled games like the one we recently had in Tsumeb,” Redding noted.  

She added that in final preparation for the Youth Africa Games and Youth Olympics Qualifiers in Algiers in July, Namibia’s top three recurve cadet archers took part in the shoot.  

Furthermore, Adriaan Grobler was in top form shooting a new Namibian record of 656/720 at 60 meters. Quinn Reddig shot gold and Christiaan Brandt came second to Grobler.  

Kristiaan van Breda, a new Cadet Recurve archer, won the prize for the best performing archer of the day.  

“Van Breda only joined the Tsumeb Archery Club two weeks prior to the competition and under the guidance of Coach Frank Reddig, he shot very well in the beginner’s class at 20 meters. Timmy de Wee, the only para-archer, shot his first competition on 40 meters proving to himself that he is more than capable to move to further distances,” Redding said.  

Redding also said that four Walvisbay Archery in the Schools Program archers entered as beginners with the Genesis bows on 20 meters to experience the Target Archery circuit for the first time. 

“For the youngsters it was an exhilarating experience shooting eliminations for the first time. NASP Tsumeb also held an internal competition for their archers to encourage and prepare them for bigger competitions next year. The children enjoyed it thoroughly and the transition seemed to be easy for them. The Dornhuegel shoot is the biggest sponsored archery event in Namibia,” Redding stated.