A 36-member junior archery team has been selected to take part in the Africa All Stars Championship against Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe on the 7th and 8th of July at the SKW archery range in Windhoek.
Speaking to The Villager Sport, the secretary of National Archery in Schools Programme (NASP), Karola Woortman said there are two teams of juniors for the championship and each team consist of 16 archers and both teams have very competitive players.
“Their hard work paid off and now they are part of the team that will represent Namibia at the 2017 African All Stars championship”. She further said it is vital for junior archers to compete international competitions as they will gain more experience on this platform. They will learn how to handle stress and they will be more conﬁ dent with the next international competitions coming up.
The Villager understands that the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), did not contribute any funds to the championship and the championship has been made possible by private sponsors. “So far the most cost are covered by private companies, however the following sponsors are helping, Namibia Breweries; Butt Archery Supplies, JVD ; Latty South Africa ; GM Electro Mechanical Solutions cc; Rampoint ; Afro Pumps ; Hotel Thule ; Luderitz Nest Hotel; Goba Lodge ; Toekoms Bow Hunting Safaris and Safari Hotel, ” Woortman told The Villager.
She added that the entire tournament that was ever held where sponsored by private companies and it has been a great success. Since 2013 junior archers have been competed at every years African All Star championship and brought home bronze and silver medals on several occasions and are hoping the scope a gold medal in this year’s competitions The Villager learnt.
“This will also be the ﬁ rst time since 2011 were NASP Namibia started that we will host an international NASP competition in Namibia, we are much excited. There will be 144 archers from South Africa, Botswana Namibia and Zimbabwe altogether, “Woortman said. She added that the competition will consist of out of two parts, the All Stars competition with the top 16 archers from each country and then the development competition with one team from each country shot team.
The Villager understands that all members in the team are in grade 4 to 12 and most competitive shooters in the team are Lukas ELS; Wian Lottering; Melany Erasmus; Rassie van Zyl. The team is expected to be training individually for now but will start to train as a team in coming weeks as some of the members of the team are based outside Windhoek from towns such as Mariental, Gobabis and Walvis Bay and some private schools to mention a few.