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Namibian archers excel at SA Nationals

Bullseye: The strong contingent of archers who recently excelled in South Africa

Bullseye: The strong contingent of archers who recently excelled in South Africa

Namibia’s archers won a total of 11 medals at the 64th Annual South African Championships which was held at Marks Park Sports in Johannesburg last week.
The Archery Association of Namibia (AAN) Secretary, Karola Woortman expressed her satisfaction after an impressive performance displayed by the archers who managed to bring home 8 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal over the course of six competitive days. “We are very happy with the results and the way our athletes competed at the event. It shows that our archers are able to compete at the highest level,” said Woortman.
Ruan van Staden, Babette Taljaard, Xander Reddig and Hanne Snyman put up an impressive show, with each earning gold medals in the “Full FITA” round as well as the 720 round.

Snyman who competed in the Compound U13 girls division went on to become the first Namibian archer to shoot more than 1400 points during the 1440 “Single FITA” round, recording 1404 points. Snyman became the second woman in Africa to achieve this feat.
Reddig smashed the minimum qualification standard for the Youth Olympic Games for the second time in less than three weeks and scored a personal best of 640 in the Recurve Cadet Men’s division. Reddig is the second Namibian after swimmer Zandre Oberholzer to qualify for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. sHendrik van Eaden participated in the Compound Cadet Men’s division and clinched a silver medal in the 1440 “Full FITA” round and also won a bronze medal in the 720 round. His teammate Jackson Engel won a silver medal in the 720 round of the Compound Cadet Men.

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