LEARNERS from 11 schools from all over Namibia participated at in the Namibian National Archery in Schools Programme (NASP) shooting event in Walvis Bay over the past weekend.
The event was hosted by the Walvis Bay Archery Schools Programme and a total of 74 young archers from 11 schools met on the field where they shot at targets at distances of ten and 15 metres.
Each archer shot three bull’s eye rounds and two 3D animal rounds. Before each new round the archers are allowed a practice round.
The NASP is an in-school archery program open to learners from Grade 4 to Grade 12 which also has the aim to improve student motivation, attention, behaviour, attendance, and focus. It also accommodates students that aren’t involved with other types of sport in school.
A shining example of the inclusivity of the archery in schools programme is the 13-year-old Katelynn Venter who participates in the Senior Girls Category. Katelynn is a young person who lives with disabilities but when she takes up her bow and arrows, she competes on equal terms with other archers.
The archery curriculum used in the programme was written by education, conservation, and target archery experts in the United States to meet and augment national educational standards.
Saturday’s competition was one f several held throughout the year where the young archers work on their aggregate points on a national log which culminates in an annual national championship as well as an annual international championship.
NASP is one of three legs of the Namibia Archery Association from where young archers are able to progress to one of the two other legs. Field archery is an Olympic sport code where archers have the opportunity to compete against the best shots in the world.
Four young archers that is about leave school and the archery in schools programme are Elize Haasbroek, Francois de Jager, Le Roux Everson and Alta Steyn.
The results of Saturday’s competition which was hosted by WASP are as follows:
3D Junior Female
3D Junior Male
3D Senior Female
3D Senior Male
Pieter du Plessis