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Archers aim for Rhodes

The Eastern Cape Archery Association hosts the 61st annual national championships at Rhodes University in Grahamstown between 3-6 April.

Held each year to select the national team, which represents the country at the International Championships, and during Olympic year, at the Olympics, the Championships promise to be a bumper event with a number of continental participants

This event will act as the cut off for eligibility for the national team trials for participation in the world Championships that will be held in Italy later in the year.

The 2011 archery championships will carry international ranking and status making it the premier archery event on the continent.

The tournament will be held at Rhodes which offers all the features of a world standard venue. Many international and national sporting events have been held at these fields, the ideal venue for an outdoor archery tournament

Archery in South Africa is a fast growing sport that attracts men, women and children both as competitors and spectators. For the last 10 years, SA has had a representative at the world championships and, except during the sanction years, a participant in the Olympics. Some 30 SA citizens have been awarded national colours for the sport over the past five years.

According to Robin Martin, chair of the organising committee, our history has proven that an investment in sport provides tangible returns that can be measured in terms of an improvement in the quality of life of our local communities. Grahamstown will benefit from this initiative and make a valuable contribution to local economic development through tourism attraction.

The organisers expect the national championships to set a new standard as it is a qualifier for multiple international archery events.


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