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Junior archers Greece-bound

Fri, 7 April 2017 16:21
by Staff Writer

Three Recurve archers and two compound archers will be leaving for Marathon where the European Youth Cup will take place from the 17th to the 22nd of April 2017.

This event is the fi rst leg of the European Youth Cup for the year 2017 that is hosted in Greece and will be followed by the European Youth Championships in 2018, which will be the quota tournament for Europe for the Youth Olympics 2018. The group of fi ve archers and three offi cials will leave on the 12th of April 2017 to fi rst participate in a training camp hosted by the Hellenic Archery Federation.

“The Archery Association of Namibia saw an opportunity when the Hellenic Archery Federation extended their invite to us to participate in the European Youth Cup as we in Africa do not have suffi cient exposure to good international competition for our archers, therefore the decision was made to send a feselected archers to compete against the best Europe has to offer,” said Archery Association of Namibia President Heidi Reddig. They will shoot distances of 60m for the Recurve archers and 50m for the compound archers.

“It is vital for our young inexperienced archers to participate internationally to cope with the mental pressure and stress on the competitions. As we only have a handful of young archers they lack good competition that only an international competition can provide,” said Reddig.

These archers were identified by their various coaches as having the potential to participate in the upcoming competition in Argentina that will take place later this year. The group that will be going includes: Frank Reddig (Coach) Christo Brandt (Offi cial) Rina de Bod (Offi cial) Quinn Reddig (Recurve Cadet women) CF Brandt (Recurve Cadet men) Morne Meyer (Recurve Cadet men).