Archers get ready for Independence shoot

So far, a total of 18 archers have confirmed their participation at this prestigious event. As usual, the compound and recurve shooters will battle it out in ten different age categories.

The tournament is set to stretch over two and a half days. On the afternoon of Thursday, March 20th, all participants will be given the opportunity to test their bows and arrows at the official training day. The next day Friday, March 21st, will see the archers go head-to-head in the single FINA round. Here, each participant can gain a maximum of 1440 points over a single round that is sub-divided into four different distances.

The event comes to an end on Saturday, March 22nd, with the grand-finale which consists of an Olympic round, the elimination round and the medal matches.

This will be one of the last opportunities for a number of Namibia archers to prepare for upcoming international events. First up, a 19 member delegation will head to Johannesburg to part-take in the 64th South African National Archery Championships, which are scheduled to be underway March 29th to April 3rd.

Another special focus will be Francois Marais, Ruan van Staden, Louw Nel and Lesley Page. This quartet will travel to Antalya/Turkey to participate in the World Cup from the10th to the 15th June.

Furthermore, the “Independence Shoot” presents a great opportunity for a number of the archers to prepare themselves for the Federation of African Archery (FAA) Championship to be held April in Windhoek – especially those who are still in the running to qualify for the Junior Olympic Games in Nanjing/China.