Archers shooting for the stars

25 February 2019 | Sports

The third annual National Archery in the School Program (NASP) was hosted by Gobabis Gymnasium.

Two hundred and twenty two archers from 14 schools, including learners from Walvis Bay Primary School and Walvis Bay Private High School, and clubs across Namibia participated.

School archery draws immense support from parents, grandparents, siblings and friends and this shoot was no exception. Apart from the serious business of letting the arrows fly straight, it was a festive “family” gathering. With enough shade, the perfectly cut lawn of the sports grounds and delicacies served by the Cattle Country food stall all contributed to the atmosphere.

The day delivered a few surprises with new faces stepping onto the podium and this just emphasised how healthy the competition and the sport in general are. An archer shoots five arrows per round for six rounds and this is called a flight. A flight has a maximum score of 300. On a competition day, three flights are shot on 80 cm paper targets and are called the bullseye round.

One flight is also shot on animal targets at different distances to simulate hunting. This is called the animal round.

With the maximum points of ten per arrow on each round a full score is a 50. Denzel Nanub from the Community Hope School in Windhoek walked away with the honours of the most 50s shot. He shot a total of four full 50s.

The overall winner in the junior boys category were Burton Weakley from Privaatskool Moria, followed by Nathan Volek from Windhoek Gymnasium and in third is Douw van der Walt from Walvis Bay Primary School.

The overall junior girls winner was Mari Louw from Gobabis Gymnasium followed by Jasmine Rennie from St Paul’s College. In third was Charmain Nanus from Community Hope School.

Thomas Blaauw from SKW archery club was the senior boys overall winner, followed by Denzel Nanub from Community Hope College and Jannie Booysen from Elnatan Privaatskool in third.

Leonise Human from Gobabis Gymnasium was the overall senior girls champion, followed by Sunel Weakley from Privaatskool Moria and Elize Haasbroek from Elnatan Privaatskool in third.

NASP Namibia will be sending 32 archers to the Africa Championship in May 2019 in the Western Cape, South Africa, where they will compete against the teams from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

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