10 Jul 2014 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibias top junior recurve archer, Xander Reddig is intensifying his preparation for the Youth Olympic Games set for Nanjing, China in August 2014.
Reddig qualified for the Youth Olympic Games after he received a universality place from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international multi-sport event organised by the IOC.
The games are held every four years in staggered summer and winter events consistent with the current Olympic Games format.
As part of his preparations, Reddig received training from world-renowned trainer, Kim Hyung-Tak in South Korea from 22 June to 03 July.
A statement availed to Nampa by the Archery Association of Namibia (AAS) on Wednesday said the archers training came about after Namibian national coach Marja Woortman met Hyung-Tak at a coaching seminar in Brazil last year, and discussed a possible future collaboration.
While at the World Cup in Turkey, World Archery (WA) invited Reddig and coach Woortman to a coaching clinic in Thailand, but a series of unfortunate events prevented the pair from attending.
Woortman was quoted in the statement as saying Reddig needed some more specialised training, and they got in contact with Hyung-Tak.
Hyung-Tak made Xander shoot a few arrows to see what kind of grouping he achieved, and after getting a clear picture on his capabilities, Hyung-Tak changed his style step by step, she said.
Reddig will continue his new training routine in his hometown Tsumeb, practising no less than two hours a day under the watchful eye of his father Frank, who also saw positive changes in his sons shooting style.
Xander learned a lot from Kim Hyung-Tak. The training was extremely intensive and very personal in terms of individual training. The set-up was world-class, and Xander is very positive that he will put the things he learned to good use, Frank was quoted as saying.
Hyung-Tak started archery back in 1972, and is widely considered to be one of the founders of modern South Korean archery. He has since acted as head coach for both the South Korean and Taiwanese national teams at various tournaments, including the Olympic Games and Asian Games.
He opened his training centre in 2004, and since then, more than 800 archers from around the world have learned from him. Some of the participants later went on to win medals at the Olympic Games, such as Ruben Victor of Ukraine.