Reddig Qualifies for Youth Olympics

Namibian Recurve archer Xander Reddig booked himself a place at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in China when he scored 639 points at the annual “Independence Shoot” hosted by the Namibian Archery Association (AAN) last weekend in Windhoek.

The 15-year old needed 610 points out of a possible 720 points to allow him to travel to Nanjing and thanks to months of hard and consistent training, Reddig achieved his goal.

“Since the AAN Independence Shoot was well registered on the World Archery calendar of tournaments, the minimum qualifying standard achieved by Xander is valid–congratulations to him.” commented Pascal Colmaire, Development and Educational Director of World Archery (WA).

Reddig’s preparations are already in full swing. He will form part of the Namibian delegation that will travel to South Africa this Saturday to compete in the 64th South African National Archery Championships. Thereafter, Reddig competes against Africa’s best at the Federation of African Archery (FAA) Championships on home soil in April.

The “Independence Shoot”, attended by 29 archers from four different clubs, got underway on Friday, March 21st, with a single FINA round.

Each participant could gain a maximum of 1 440 points over a single round that is sub-divided into four different distances. This was the first of only two FINA rounds on the AAN’s calendar with the next one set for the National Championships in June.

In this event, Haneacute Snyman kept spectators on the edge of their seats, as she achieved a very impressive score of 1 399 points – only one short of the elusive 1 400 points, which has been achieved by no more than 100 archers around the globe, according to AAN president Frank Bockmuumlhl.

Ilana Malan and Louw Nel had an almost equally good day, as they collected 1 342 and 1 364 points to win the compound women and men’s divisions respectively. Francois Marais was another participant in good form, collecting 1 363 points to secure second place in the men’s category.

The opening event was followed by an Olympic and Compound round the next day. In each event the participants had to shoot 72 arrows, after which they were ranked according to their score. They then went head-to-head in an elimination round. The winners of this event claimed the “Independence Shoot” title.

In both events Malan and Nel were able to keep their momentum from the previous day to clinch first place in their respective categories. Ruan van Staden came in second in the men’s division and Marais took third place.

Meanwhile Iroleen van Litzenborgh-Page, from the Walvis Bay based Sparta Club, came in second behind Malan in the women’s category. Third place went to Beanta Viviers.

Summary of winners:

Compound Men:

1. Louw Nel (SKW)

2. Ruan van Staden (SKW)

3. Francois Marais (SKW)

Compound Master Men:

1. Harvey Park (SKW)

2. Moritz Hoff (SKW)

3. Ruumldiger Woortman (SKW)

Compound Cadet Men:

1. Hendrik van Eeden (Bateleurs Archery Club)

2. Jackson Engel (SKW)

3. Sebastian Fechter (SKW)

Recurve Men:

1. Peter van Eeden (Bateleurs Archery Club)

Recurve Cadet Men:

1. Xander Reddig Tsumeb

Recurve Boys U13:

1. CF Brand (SKW)

2. Morne Meyer (SKW)

Compound Boys U13:

1. Adriaan Grobler

Compound Women:

1. Ilana Malan (SKW)

2. Iroleen van Litzenborgh-Page (Sparta Archery Club)

3. Beanta Viviers (SKW)

Compound Cadet Women:

1. Elisabeth Taljaard (Tsumeb Archery Club)

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Source : The Namibian