The Namibian National Archery in the Schools Program’s (NASP) development team was one of five countries participating in Nashville, Tennessee (USA) at the NASP World Championships. A total of 5146 archers participated at the prestigious international event.

16 archers from Namibian schools arrived in the USA last week and started competing on Sunday. Each national team was ordered according to their ranking scores with Namibia having 4 sub-teams consisting of one girl and one boy each.

On Monday the Namibian teams competed against Canada and South Africa with some of the Namibian archers improving their personal best scores. Namibia teams 1 & 2 fell to USA, but in the end Africa took Bronze (Namibia) and Silver (RSA), proving that African nations are internationally competitive. The team is expected to arrive home in Namibia at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Friday, 31 July,7h45. Bringing home medals is a great honour for Namibia. 

The team was accompanied by Rudiger & Marja Woortman of SKW Archery Club (Windhoek). In addition to the Woortmans being the Namibian NASP sponsors, Marja is also the Namibia national archery coach. In September the Woortmans, along with Tsumeb Archery Club coach Frank Reddig, will attend an international coaching seminar in Malaga, Spain where they will enhance their coaching skills for the betterment of Namibian archers nationwide.

The 8th annual Namibian National Archery Championship took place in Tsumeb this past weekend (16-17 May 2015). The event, which was hosted by Tsumeb Archery Club and sponsored by the Archery Association of Namibia, had a total of 32 participants, including two archers from South Africa.

The first day was plagued with unexpected strong winds, making the competition all the more challenging.

The 1440 Round had very good results in the compound division, with Johann Viljoen (RSA) shooting a total of 354/360 on the 30m distance and Ilana Malan (NAM) shot 353/360 in her 30m round. These were the highest scores for the day.

In the recurve division Xander Reddig shot a very good 334/360 on the 30m round, with Adrian Grobler (331/360) and CF Brandt (328/360) shooting good scores as well.

The results for the 1440 Round are as follows:

RECURVE MASTER MEN

1. PETER VAN EEDEN

RECURVE CADET MEN

1. XANDER REDDIG

COMPOUND WOMEN

1. ILANA MALAN

2.ELIZABETH TALJAARD

3.BEANTA VIVIERS

4.LIEZL SCHOEMAN

5.AMANDA VILJOEN (RSA)

6.MARISKA PARREIRA

COMPOUND MEN

1. BEN VAN WYK

2.DONAVAN LANGENHOVEN

3.JACO VERMAAK

COMPOUND MASTER MEN

1. JOHANN VILJOEN (SA)

2.ANTON ZIETSMAN

3.MORITZ HOFF

4.HARVEY PARK

5.RUDIGER WOORTMAN

COMPOUND JUNIOR WOMEN

1.JOLIEN ELS

COMPOUND CADET WOMEN

2.BRIGITTE TIETZ

COMPOUND CADET MEN

1.JB OOSTHUYSEN

2.HENDRIK VAN EEDEN

3.TERTUIS LAMBRECHTS

4.HEINRICH JOUBERT

COMPOUND CUB BOYS U/15

1.GIDEON BRINK

2.DOANE PENDERIS

COMPOUND CUB GIRLS U/15

1.HANNE SNYMAN

COMPOUND BOYS U/13

1.SW KUHN

RECURVE CUB BOYS U/15

1.ADRIAAN GROBLER

RECURVE BOYS U/13

1.CF BRANDT

SANAA RECURVE LIMITED

1.PAUL GROBLER

RECURVE CUB GIRLS U/15

1.QUINN REDDIG

On Sunday the wind also played a major factor in the scores, but the archers were better prepared for the stronger winds than on Saturday. The competition on Sunday consisted of a 720 Round with eliminations and mixed team events.

The mixed recurve teams of Xander & Quinn Reddig and Paul Grobler & CF Brandt provided excitement as the competition had to be decided on a one arrow shootout. The more experienced Xander Reddig guided his younger sister through the competition, handling the pressure and clinching the Gold with his last arrow.

The compound mixed teams were an absolute pleasure for the spectators, with the more experienced Ilana Malan guiding Heinrich Joubert, who shot his very first Nationals. The team of Babette Taljaard and Hendre van Eeden proved to be up to the task and clinched Gold.

The results were as follows:

Mixed team: RECURVE

(this includes adults and children)

GOLD

XANDER & QUINN REDDIG (TSUMEB ARCHERY CLUB)

SILVER:

PAUL GROBLER & CF BRANDT (SKW)

BRONZE:

PIETER VAN EEDEN & ADRIAN GROBLER

Mixed team: COMPOUND

(ADULTS & CHILDREN)

GOLD:

BABETTE TALJAARD (TSUMEB ARCHERY CLUB) & HENDRE VAN EEDEN (BATELEURS CLUB)

SILVER:

ILANA MALAN (SKW) & HEINRICH JOUBERT (SKW)

BRONZE:

BRIGITTE TIETZ (TSUMEB ARCHERY CLUB) & DONAVAN LANGENHOVEN (SKW)

The Archery Association of Namibia’s National Champions for 2015 are as follow:

Category

Name

Compound Boys u13

SW Kuhn

Compound Cadet Men

Hendrik VAN EEDEN

Compound Cadet Women

Brigitte Tietz

Compound Cub Boys u15

Gideon BRINK

Compound Cup Girls u15

Hanne Snyman

Compound Junior Women

Jolien Els

Compound Master Men

Moritz Hoff

Compound Men

Ben van WYK

Compound Women

Ilana Malan

Recurve Men

Paul Grobler

Recurve Boys u13

CF Brandt

Recurve Cadet Men

Xander Reddig

Recurve Cub Boys u15

Adriaan Grobler

Recurve Cub Girls u15

Quinn Reddig

Recurve Master Men

Peter Van Eeden

Most Improved 1440

Xander Reddig 

(Improved a total of 171 points)

Highest Score

Ilana MALAN

Robin Spot Men

(closest to the X)

Ben van Wyk

Robin Spot Women

(Closest to the X)

Hanne Snyman

We would like to thank Tsumeb Archery Club for hosting the event on behalf of AAN and the following sponsors:

NAMCO (JOHAN RAES)

EXECUTIVE AUTO REPAIRS cc

YOUR BUTT ARCHERY SUPPLIES

LIEZL SCHOEMAN OF IMPERIAL CARGO

RUDIGER, MARJA & KAROLA WOORTMAN

TSUMEB GIMNASUIM & HOSTEL

FRANK & HEIDI REDDIG

17 Namibian scholars have been selected for the Namibian NASP team that will leave for Nashville Tennessee, USA from 22-28 July to participate at the biggest National Archery in Schools program competition that will attract thousands of archers from all over the world!

Preparation and team building was held at Koes Farmers Associations Sport day on the 30th of May 2015. New friendships were forged and deepened and dedication from trainers and team managers Rudi & Marja Woortman ensured that these young archers are ready for the rest of the world! 

The farmers were very impressed to see all the talent of the young archers with some farmers lining up for archery lessons after the youngsters won the competition for the day!

In the coming weeks before departure, the BAI trainers from the various schools, with the help of Marja Woortman, will ensure that all the archers are properly trained and prepared for the competition.

NASP continues to be a vital development section of the Archery Association Namibia and continued with training new instructors in Otavi this past weekend (13 June).

Four new BAI trainers qualified: Tamar Vucic, Elke Pusch, Anke Hoffman & Silmar Boshoff will ensure that archery is developed and enjoyed by school children in Otavi. Training was done by Karola Woortman and Frank Reddig.

Should any school need more information regarding the NASP program, they can contact Karola Woortman’s e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Africa Regional Field Archery Championships (ARFAC) 2015 took place at Hartebeesport Dam, South Africa from 12-14 June. The event, which was hosted by the Arrow Rest Archery Club, was an official International Field Archery Association (IFAA) sanctioned tournament with scores being recognized for international rankings. A total of 54 archers from 10 different field archery disciplines competed for 3 days under varying weather conditions. 

Namibia’s lone competitor this year was Bea Viviers of Windhoek. Viviers competed in the Adult Female Freestyle Unlimited (AFFU) category, with 6 other archers from South Africa taking part. Viviers ended day 1 in 3rd place, but continued to shoot even better and inched her way into 2nd place at the end of day 2. At the close of the tournament on day 3, Viviers finished strong and secured a 2nd Place finish for the Championship with a total score of 1563 (Field Round 503; Hunter Round 518; Animal Round 542).