More than 80 junior archers are expected to take part in the ranking shootout that is scheduled to take place next week at Keetmanshoop.
Archers mainly from schools in the southern part of the country and Walvis Bay are expected to take part in the ranking shootout, the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) secretary Karola Woortman said.
“The juniors ranking will determine which top shooters will be selected for national colors during the course of the year to represent the country. The second ranking shootout will be hosted in February for team selection and shooters that will lose out on the first competition will be having a tough time because their tournaments ranking points will add to the coming one of selections of the national team,” Woortman said.
She added that the second ranking shootout will be held at Stampriet and a team of junior shooter that will represent the country in the Africa All Stars (ASS) games will be selected.
Woortman further explained that layout for all NASP ranking shoots will be witnessed at the shootout starting from 2-3 Bull eyes round and 1-2; 2-3 animal round for each archers depending on the number of archers taking part in each specific range size.
According to Woortman last month 51 archers from schools and organisations all over the country participated in the NASP year end shootout at Walvis Bay Private High School, on their main rugby field.
“They completed their first bulls eye round, the sun came out just in time for the second bulls eye round. The archers took a well-deserved break and continued with a 2D round. Another remarkable achievement worth mentioning is a special needs child in JJ’s Care Centre, named Dandre Rivas,” Woortman said.
She added that Rivas started with NASP archery early last year and struggled in school due to his lack of concentration and he also experienced problems emotionally sometimes having a lot of aggression.
Last year, the top junior boys bulls eye gold medallion was won by Delron Goaseb of Community Hope School, silver medallion by Antonio Rodrigues of the Carpe Diem Home School and the bronze medallion by Izak Engelbrecht of Berg-Op School.
The top junior girl bull’s eye gold medallion was won by Anrika van Zyl, of Danie Joubert School; the silver medallion by Sune Visser of Gobabis Gymnasium and the bronze medallion by Melissa Jose of Berg-Op School.