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Top archers hit the spot at SA nationals in Gauteng

The 64th national archery championships were successfully completed in Johannesburg last week with roughly 170 archers taking part.

The South African National Archery Association (SANAA) event, that took place at Marks Park, comprised a 1440 round which determines the federations champions, followed by a world ranking 720 round and eliminations.

Winner of the compound men’s category was Team SA’s 2013 World Games representative Gabriel Badenhorst, the Free Stater winning with a score of 1396 and the women’s compound winner was Jeanine van Kradenburg of Northern Gauteng (1380).

The honours in the recurve category went to Calvin Hartley (Gauteng) with a total of 1240 and the women’s title was won by Zane Berzina of Gauteng with 1251.

The occasion was used to launch its SA Archery TV channel which is part of SANAA’s strategy to market the sport and to create awareness through electronic media and public television. The TV project will continue for three years and will be following the progress of a young black women novice from Johannesburg who starts her first lesson in April and which will be televised in a six-minute segment each Thursday.

The aim of the reality show will be to capture the imagination of the general public, offer sponsorship opportunities and in so doing, increase awareness of our sport and grow the membership. SA Archery TV can be found at www.saarchery.tv

The championships were the largest outdoor archery event yet held in the country and the event was used to educate and demonstrate the federations allegiance with the SA Institute of Drug Free Sport and anti-doping initiatives were highly visible.

The championships also saw the extensive use of technology. From electronic registration and making use of the social media; through to live score availability and even drones videoing the event were used. The pubic interest generated by the championships and the public TV exposure resulted in over 10,000 daily hits to the federation’s website (www.sanaa.org.za), resulting in the federation’s 78 clubs gearing up for an influx of novice archers wanting to be introduced to archery.

The championships, which was held concurrently with the 4th World Archery Commonwealth Championships for Africa (29 Mar-3 Apr 2014) saw competitors from Germany, Namibia, Australia and Latvia compete.  On the line was No1 ranked and World Champion (CW) Kristina Berger from Germany and her partner and personal coach Roman Heigenhauser which resulted in high performance compound scores being shot, despite the stormy and rainy conditions.

Namibia was well represented on the line with 19 competitors, including young archers who took advantage of the development rounds that Sanaa offers for intermediate archers at their national championships.

Zane Berzina of Latvia and the 2013 French Indoor RW champion had strong competition from local archers which raised the bar.

Young Namibian recurve archer Xander Reddig who secured a place at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games recently, was an inspiration to the local junior archers, taking home a number of medals.

With the growth in para-archery in the country, there were six para-archers on the line, representing four of the nine provinces.

According to the competitors polled, the championships were a resounding success. ┬áAll the results of the tournament can be fund on the federation’s website.


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