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Top archers out to make their mark at nationals

Marks Park in Johannesburg is the target of the country’s top archers for the next few days as the 63rd national archery championships take place until 8 April.

More than 150 of the top bowmen and women will let fly at the Marks Park Archery Club. The competition, which carries world ranking status, comprises of a number of tournaments which will determine the national champions.

Amongst the competitors are world record holder Seppie Cilliers and World Archery medalist and world record holder Danelle Wentzel; as well as 17 archers from Namibia, the current compound men and women continental champions.

According to the Director of Shooting, Alfredo Lobo Das Neves, the standard is expected to be exceptionally high, and if the weather holds up, there should be scores that are in line with the top 100 archers in the world.

The championships which will be officially opened by Barry Hendricks, chairperson of the Gauteng Sports Commission, includes a development category which allows a number of archers to experience the excitement of the national championships.

With the drive that the national federation, the SA National Archery Association (SANAA) is making towards para-archery, nine para-archers will be competing, including para-archer, Shawn Anderson, the current CMO Continental champion, who is in training for the 2016 Paralympics.

World ranking events require a high level of judging, and SANAA has provided three highly qualified international, continental and national judges in order to conform to the international federations requirements. SANAA ran a judges refresher course on Wednesday, run by World Archery Judge Emeritus Prof Konrad van Warmelo.

Members of the public are invited to Marks Park and to see the archers in action.