Arrows fly at NASP nationals

17 September 2019 | Sports

A total of 114 archers met for the 4th Namibian National Archery in the Schools Programme (NASP) national shoot that took place in the capital last weekend.
For this event, schools were only allowed to enter their top eight senior and junior archers, with the minimum ratio of 1:3 girls to boys. Each archer shot three bulls eye rounds and two 3D animal rounds, with the practice rounds at 10m and 15m for a total of 21 660 arrows flying for the day. Another highlight is that Willem Lottering shot a new record of 294 points in the 3D animal round.
Leonise Human (Gobabis Gymnasium) and Delron Gaoseb (Community Hope School) were crowned national champions, while the top school prize was earned by Community Hope School ahead of Gobabis Gymnasium and Privaatskool Moria.
The first arrows flew at 7:30 and for the next 10 hours there were whistle blows and arrows hitting the butts as well as the clapping of hands when someone shot a 50, filled the air. As archers checked their scores online, the mothers with beautiful handwriting were filling in the certificates as soon as the final scores were available.
The venue at Windhoek Gymnasiums sport field in Olympia, had been set up on Friday with strong wind making it difficult to put up the gazebos. In spite of three butts being blown over, an emergency plan was made and shooting could continue without any further disruptions.
The organisers say a big thank you to the Windhoek Gymnasium tuck-shop for keeping hunger and thirst at bay, and to sponsors Securitas for the gazebos as well as all the willing hands (and wallets) that make full-day competitions like this possible.
Another big thank you goes to parents who drive the archers all over the country and make sure all equipment is safe. However, the biggest appreciation goes to the archers who practice regularly in the hot sun or in cold conditions.

• Junior boys champion: Burton Weakley (Privaatskool Moria) ahead of Nicholis Roux (Berg-Op) and Nathan Volek (Windhoek Gymnasium)
• Junior girls champion: Innocent Tsuses (Community Hope School), Cari Holtzhausen (Privaatskool Moria) and Ashandi Nowases (Community Hope School)
• Senior boys champion: Willem Lottering (Gobabis Gymnasium) ahead of Denzel Nanub (Community Hope School) and Wian Lottering (Gobabis Gymnasium)
• Senior girls champion: Leonise Human (Gobabis Gymnasium) followed by Elsjen Wilders (Windhoek Gymnasium) and Penny Campbell (Elnatan)
• Top 5 junior team champion: Privaatskool Moria (Cari Holtzhausen, Du Rand Louw, Henning Pienaar and Burton Weakley)
• Runner up: Community Hope School (Innocent Tsuses, Aurelio Gariseb, Ashandi Nowases and Fedaliz Basson)
• 2nd runner up: St. Paul's College (Jasmine Rennie, Kyril Nghishekwa, Christiaan van der Westhuizen and Hayley Stainton)
• Top 5 senior team champion: Gobabis Gymnasium (Willem Lottering, Wain Lottering, Leonise Human and Edward Kesslau)
• Runner up: Community Hope School (Delron Gaoseb, Denzel Nanub, Anderson Naimab and Angela Martin)
• 2nd runner up: Windhoek Gymnasium (Mybri Schoonbee, Elsjen Wilders, Nathan Volek and Shauwn Hattingh)
• Top 5 club champion: Central Elite Archery Club (Alexander Abrahams, Thomas Blaauw, Keanu Klose and Sune Visser).

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