13 Aug 2014 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) Sixty-four young archers converged on the Sports Klub Windhoek (SKW) archery range on Saturday to battle it out in the National Archery in Schools Programme (NASP).
The young archers competed for entry to the Investec All Stars competition which will be hosted in Rustenburg, South Africa from 09 to 12 October this year.
The All Stars competition will see archers from around the world who form part of the NASP programme, compete against each other.
This past weekends competition saw participants from seven schools taking part.
These were Windhoek Gymnasium, St Pauls College and St Georges Diocesan School, also in Windhoek; the Koës Learning Centre in Koës in the //Karas Region, Berg Op Akademie from Okahandja; the Walvis Bay Private School, and Brighstart Montessori in Lüderitz.
The archers who qualified for the All Stars competition are Christie Agenbach, Jacobus van Schalkwyk, Lukas Els, Bianca Erasmus, Bendre Bothma, LJ Scholtz, Kobus Bergh, Melanie Erasmus, Sven Morgan, Adriaan Bothma, Crystal de Beer, Danny José, Daniella Rodrigues, Nadia Martins, Camilla Mackenzie and Petrus Labuschange.
A media statement availed to Nampa by the Archery Association of Namibia (AAN) on Wednesday said each of the archers had to shoot three rounds of five arrows at a distance of 10 metres (for 150 points), followed by three rounds of another five arrows on 15 metres (150 points).
The participants were then ranked according to the number of points they had gained in their respective age divisions, after which they moved to the elimination rounds.
Meanwhile, the NASP programme, which involves 5 500 schools in the United States of America (USA), Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Namibia, will now be represented in Namibia under the name NASP-NAM, and forms part of the Archery Association of Namibia.
The programme exposes learners from Grades 4 to 12 to archery, and will support the AAN in talent identification.
It will be spearheaded by Karola Woortman as secretary, while Rüdiger Woortman fills the role of chairperson and Kirstie Horn is the vice-chairperson. Marietjie Bothma will serve as treasurer, with the additional members being Anita Park and Rene Rossler.
Archery is the art, practice or skill of propelling arrows with the use of a bow, from Latin arcus. Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat, while in modern times, its main use is that of a competitive sport and recreational activity.
A person who participates in archery is typically known as an 'archer' or a 'bowman', and one who is fond of or an expert at archery can be referred to as a toxophilite