LUTZ Wahlers, an archer from the Swakopmund Archery Club (SAC), competed against nine archers in the Recurve Barebow Men’s Division and won gold at the T.R.U. BALL 73rd South African National Archery Championship.
Wahlers is just one of the five archers who represented Namibia at the archery championships, which took place in Johannesburg from 10 to 12 March. This was confirmed by the vice-president of the Archery Association of Namibia, Jacqueline Coetzee, who revealed that the other four archers are Quinn Reddig from SAC, Jannie Meuwesen from the Lüderitz Archery Club (LAC), Jacqueline Coetzee from SAC and Hofmeyr van Blerk.
Coetzee revealed that Meuwesen won silver after competing against 14 archers in the Compound Men’s Division, alongside van Blerk. Coetzee also competed against eight other women in the Compound Women’s Division and took fourth place, while Reddig won silver in the Recurve Women’s Division.
“Quinn Reddig improved her previous Namibian record for the 360-round from 296 to 300 and ranked first after the full 720 ranking round,” Coetzee added.
The association’s vice-president also revealed that Meuwesen and Coetzee participated in the International Mixed Compound team event. The two archers competed against a team from the United States of America (USA) and a team from South Africa, and won a bronze medal.
“South African Target nationals, what an incredible experience. Thank you for hosting such an amazing event. I didn’t come up with any expectations as I’m still working on the target archery format. I managed a silver medal after ranking third in qualifications. Me and Jacqueline Coetzee also got the bronze medal for international mixed team. I met so many new people and shared the line and podium with world class archers. Team Namibia, you guys were awesome, thank you so much for a great trip. Also thank you to all the people back home in Namibia for all the support,” Meuwesen said.