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SANAA aim to raise para-archery profile

The recently elected South African National Archery Association (SANAA) Para-Archery Committee has started the year with a number of plans over the next few months to raise the profile of para-archery.

Under the auspices of Archery South Africa (ASA), all interested parties were invited to attend a meeting to decide the future of para-archery in the country. The meeting was attended by ASA President, Marietjie Kleingeld and chaired by ASA vice-president, Selwyn Moskovitz.

After debating the road forward, the delegates opted to request SANAA that Para-Archery South Africa be an independent sub-committee of the national federation until they were able to form their own national association. Accordingly, the SANAA Council will be asked to consider this proposal.

A positive response will result in members of Para-Archery South Africa having their license to shoot in competition being issued by SANAA, allowing access to international tournaments, including the Paralympics, where both the recurve and compound categories compete. Para-archers would then be able to earn national and Proteas colors for their members.

At the meeting, the new committee was elected. Shaun Anderson was elected chairperson, with committee members Hennie Myburg (athlete, Mpumalanga), Joey Swart (archers representative Eastern Province), Catherine van Zyl (expert advisor), Aurelle Medalie (physiotherapist), Chisto Myburg (athlete, North Gauteng), Dr Hans Myburg (medical), Ria Kaal (specialist coach), William Brown (coach), Elizabeth Barry (classifier & physiotherapist) and Ilza Anderson (secretary).

Amongst the important issues discussed was the impact of belonging to an archery family and the positive impact that archery has had on the disabled. The committee welcomed the news that South Africa would be sending a fully funded team to Stokes-Mandeville in July to compete in the world ranking para-archery tournament. Plans are underway to utilise the existing structures nationwide and to grow the sport as a means of medical rehabilitation.

In addition, the discussions included plans to create communication hubs to better inform other associations of the area of para-archery.

One of the first steps would be the running of a competition to create a new logo which would better identify para-archery in South Africa.


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