Pro-Ed sports teams making waves
21 October 2020 | Sports
Florinda Fourie; Sports director; “This is the first time these learners participated in an archery event…”
Pro-Ed Academy’s cricket and archery team is on a winning streak, with both scooping gold and being declared tournament victors.
The archery team made history while representing the school for the first time at the fifth Namibian Archery in Schools Program (NASP) in Windhoek.
Florinda Fourie, head of the school’s sports department confirmed their success.
The archers were part of 82 archers from 12 schools and one club that participated at the elite event in the three Bulls Eye and 2 3D/2D rounds. Pro Ed’s junior team consisting of Monique Laas, Phillip Robberts, Danika van Zijl and Danya Laas are the new junior national champions as they scored a total of 3005 points.
Monique was crowned champion in the Bull’s Eye (max 900) with a total of 33 tens and a total score of 803 points. She is also the junior champion in the Bull's Eye & Animal (max 1500) with a total of 44 tens and 1296 points. She also scored well in the Animal (max 600) round, taking silver with 11 tens and 493 points, just three points short of that of the champion.
Alyssa van Zijl was second in the Senior Girls – Bull’s Eye Round (max 900), with 44 tens and a total score of 1343 point, just 21 points behind the champion.
“The board, management, teachers, learners and parents are very proud of the team and wish them all the best in future archery events,” Fourie said.
The Pro-Ed Academy u/13 cricket team won the inaugural APS sixes tournament for their age group after beating Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool in the final in Windhoek.
The !Nara Primary School Girls team won the bronze medal in the u/11 category and Duinesig High School (both schools are from Walvis Bay) won the bronze medal in the u/16 category.
Close to 350 children from four regions in Namibia competed in the tournament which started with regional tournaments before the winners progressed to the final.
The CEO of Cricket Namibia, Johan Muller, expressed his satisfaction at the turn-out.
“Originally, 88 teams entered, but due to Covid-19 they could not all participate and in the end we had 58 entries.”
Muller said that it was a great turnout in terms of numbers and schools that were involved.
“The girl’s team of !Nara Primary School in Walvis Bay did very well as they beat several boys teams to finish third in the u/11 category. These girls are a big inspiration to many boys and girls in the country.”
Muller is of the opinion that the cricket talent at the coast is enormous and believes the towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund can become the cricket hub for the women and girls’ cricket in Namibia.
“Cricket Namibia needs to support them with infrastructure as the infrastructure at the coast is not up to standard or good enough to produce quality national players” he said.
Muller singled out the coastal development coach Justice Hangula for the excellent work he is doing with the boys and girls.
“The tournament will definitely continue next year and we plan to make it bigger and better by adding u/10 and u/12 categories. We will host a girls and boys tournament on the weekend of 23 and 24 October in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay respectively,” he said.