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Boys, girls from local club earn top accolades in competitions

THE Buffalo Archery Club recently returned victorious from the annual NASP (National Archery in the Schools Programme) inter provincial and national archery competitions.

BULLS-EYE: The Buffalo Archery Club recently returned from the annual NASP Inter Provincial and National archery competitions victorious, with two archers being placed first in their grades, as well as various medal winners Picture: SUPPLIED

Two of their archers were placed first in their grades as well as various members winning a myriad of medals.

Beaconhurst High School pupil, Caley Kent-Brown was placed first in her grade and second overall out of 135 archers in the senior girls division of the national bulls-eye competition. After only seven months of archery training, Grens Laerskool pupil, Jason Botha, was also placed first in his grade and was third overall out of 173 archers in the junior boys division of the national bulls-eye competition.

The inter-provincial competition saw more than 170 archers compete, whereas a total of 623 archers from around the country took part in the national bulls-eye and 3D competitions. “I went into this competition with no expectations other than to have fun with my teammates.

“Placing first in my grade and second in the U21 girls division on a national level was a huge surprise, proving that hard work has its rewards,” said Kent-Brown, who started with Buffalo Archery Club in November 2015.

“Our club motto: ‘Changing lives one arrow at a time’ couldn’t be more appropriate, archery has definitely changed my life in many positive ways. A special thank you goes out to my coach, Mr [Ludwig] Ehrke, for his support, dedication and the sacrifices that he makes for all his archers,” she added.

Both Kent-Brown and Botha brought home two medals each for their achievements.

“All the hard work has paid off to be able to place at a national event. A very special thanks goes to my coach,” Botha said.

Competing against archers from six provinces around the country, both the junior and senior Buffalo Archery Club teams took part in the competition, coming in fourth and fifth place, respectfully.

The EP centreshot team took third place with the following team members and Buffalo Club Archers receiving medals; Sarah Atterbury (Clarendon High), Ceriann Scheepers (Clarendon High) and Timothy Staffen (Stirling High).

“A huge well done to all archers who participated, not only did they do their coach and club proud, but their schools and their province,” Buffalo Archery Club coach, Erhke, said.

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