MEDIA RELEASE 4 OCTOBER, 2016

JOLIEN ELS WINS WORLD FIELD ARCHERY TITLE FOR THE FIRST TIME!

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Two Namibian archers represented the Archery Association Namibia at the 2016 World Field Archery Championship that was recently held in WaggaWagga, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, seeing participants from 16 countries and 625 archers in 110 different divisions and categories.

Jolien Els was the first participant at WFAC 2016 in a new class, Youth Adult Female Bowhunter Unlimited (YAFBU), for 18-19 year olds that was introduced by IFAA in 2015. She walked away with a gold medal and the title of World Champion to her name. We still expect to see a lot from Jolien in future, as she will participate in the adult class next year at the AFRAC, hosted by Archery Association Namibia at Heja Lodge in 2017.

Beanta Viviers competed in the Adult Female Freestyle Unlimited (AFFU) class and finished in 8th place out of a total of 16 participants.

The shoot commenced on Monday the 25th of September after some rain during the previous night. Two more days of shooting continued, but then the competition was suspended on the 4th day, with an eventual cancellation of both the 4th and 5th days, due to heavy rains and flood warnings for the area.

Bea and Jolien were exposed to extremely different elements than they are used to, with heavy rain and icy winds blowing through the archery ranges. Both did extremely well, and have built more confidence to represent Namibia in the next WFAC to be held in South Africa in 2018.

The two Namibian archers will return to Windhoek from Australia on the 11th of October 2016.

Walvis Bay, August 28, 2016:A total of 13 National records were shattered this past weekend when Sparta Archery Club hosted a very successful 9th Annual Namibian National Archery Championship. Perfect weather conditions prevailed from Saturday through to Sunday, with just a slight breeze cooling the archers off. Those who expected cold misty conditions were in for a real surprise when the weather on Saturday morning turned sunny and beautiful.

A total of 35 of Namibia’s top archers battled it out to be crowned National Champion in their respective divisions. Saturday they shot a complete 1440 round and Sunday they competed in the 720 round with eliminations. After Eliminations, the Namibian Champions were crowned as follows:

COMPOUND BOYS UNDER 13

CASPER JACOBUS OOSTHUIZEN

COMPOUND GIRLS UNDER 15

LINDIE SCHOEMAN

COMPOUND BOYS UNDER 15

DUAN ENGELBRECHT

RECURVE CUB GIRLS UNDER 15

QUINN REDDIG

RECURVE CUB BOYS UNDER 15

MORNE MEYER

COMPOUND CADET MEN

A.J. GROENEWALD

RECURVE CADET MEN

ADRIAAN GROBLER

COMPOUND JUNIOR MEN

WALDO VAN WYK

RECURVE JUNIOR MEN

XANDER REDDIG

COMPOUND MASTER MEN

HENK VAN DEN BERG

COMPOUND WOMEN

ILANA MALAN

RECURVE MEN

FRANK REDDIG

COMPOUND MEN

LOUAN GROENEWALD

HIGHEST SCORE FOR 1440&720 ROUND

FRANCOIS MARAIS

MOSTE IMPROVED SCORE ON 1440 ROUND

QUINN REDDIG

The following archers set a total of 13 new AAN National Records:

Henk van den Berg set 4 new records in the Compound Master Men division at 30, 50, and 70 meters.

Anton Zietsman set 2 new records in the Compound Master Men division at 70 meters.

Francois Marais set 2 new records in the Compound Men division at 50 meters.

Casper Oosthuizen, set 2 new records in the Compound Under 13 Boys division at 30 meters.

Xander Reddig set 2 new records in the Recurve Junior Men division at 70 meters.

Quinn Reddig set a new record in the Recurve Cub Girls division at 30 meters.

The Archery Association of Namibia would like to thank all the organizers, Iroleen and Leslie Page, and our judges: Rita Schenk, Christo Brand and Karola Woortman for their hard work during the Championships!.

For complete results & records, please visit our Face Book page, Archery in Namibia, or our website:www.archerynamibia.org

The next Target Archery Ranking shoot will be the Teuguni Shoot on 24 September 2016 at SKW Club in Windhoek.

Over the last two days (6&7 August 2016), 109 archers from 12 schools/organisations competed in the first Namibian NASP CHAMPIONSHIP at the SKW Sportsgrounds in Windhoek.

Saturday morning started off with the senior and junior individual bull's eye flights. After lunchtime, the archers tried their hand at 2D and 3D. This was a first for many of the archers.

Sunday saw the senior (grade 8 - 12) and junior (grade 4 - 7) school teams competing for gold. Each team consisted of four archers (mostly 3 boys and 1girl).

Teams had lots of fun during the 1/8, 1/4 and the finals. After many hours in the sun, many kilometers walked and for many, sore fingers, all scores were in and everyone awaited the prize giving with bated breath.

The number of participants far exceeded the organizers expectations and the Championship will definitely become a yearly institution.

NASP NAMIBIA would like to thank all archers, parents, teachers and archery instructors for a fantastic weekend and especially a BIG Thank You to the sponsors. Without them a competition of this magnitude would not be possible. 

On 23rd July, Berg-Op Academy hosted a NASP Archery competition and had 69 participants from 9 different schools/ organisations. The school/organisations that took part were: Berg-Op Academy, Community Hope School, Windhoek Gymnasium, St. Paul’s , Elnatan, Walvisbay Private High School, Carpe Diem Homeschool, St. George’s and SKW Archery. Rassie van Zyl from Windhoek Gymnasium broke the Namibian NASP highest score record. He shot an amazing 293 out of a possible 300 points. We would also like to give a big thank you to Agra who sponsored prizes for the top female archer, Dominique Bekker, top male archer, Rassie van Zyl, as well as a prize for the new Namibian NASP Highest score holder. The other prizes that were given: Senior Male Category, Gold – Rassie van Zyl, Silver – Lukas Els, Bronze – Marko Kersten. Senior Female Category, Gold - Dominique Bekker, Silver – Melany Erasmus, Bronze – Nadine Loots. Junior Male Category, Gold – Hennie Nel, Silver – Pieter Hough, Bronze – MC de Jager. Junior Female Category, Gold – Alana Adonis, Silver – Angela Martins, Bronze – Erica Nande.