Archers to ‘let loose’ at Tempe

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Kobus Barnard during the 2016 National Indoor Archery Championships. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

As the niche sporting codes slowly but surely start opening up across the country, it is no different in Bloemfontein as there will be an archery competition over the weekend when the Tempe Archery Club will be hosting the TAC Target Championship this coming Saturday and Sunday.

Currently there are 12 archers who will be participating, and they will be competing over different distances, the longest being 70 metres, while the shortest distance will be contested over 20 metres.

The two different bows the archers will be using, will be the recurve bow and a compound bow. A recurve bow is defined as a bow which has limbs and which curves away from the archer when it is unstrung. In modern archery, a compound bow is a bow that uses a levering system, usually of cables and pulleys, to bend the limbs. The compound bow is more popular among archers for target practice and hunting.

The reigning SA Field National Champion, Kobus Barnard, will be competing on Saturday and Sunday in the Men’s Masters division over 50 metres. The junior Protea, Altus Aucamp, will also be on the range and he will be competing in the Men’s Compound Division over a distance of 50 metres. Barnard was the Free State Sportsman of the Year in 2019, and in the same year he was also crowned as the Field World Champion.

The SA Recurve Women’s Masters national champion, Sunette Smal, will be competing over 60 metres. In addition, the acting president of the Free State Archery Federation, Jacques Waldeck, will be up against Barnard in the Men’s Masters Compound Division over 50 meters.

Emile Botha, the Chairperson Tempe Archery Club, told Bloemfontein Courant that they are proud to be hosting the competition in these trying times.

“We as a club are proud to host the Provincial Championship in Bloemfontein over the weekend, and the archers will do a lot of shooting. The tournament will be judged by Candidate Provincial Judge, Coenraad Bezuidenhout.

“The medal matches will take place on Saturday afternoon after 14:00. Covid-19 protocols are being followed by the club as well as participating archers. The archers will be shooting 2 x 720 ranking rounds of 12 ends, consisting of 6 arrows per end which they have to shoot in 240 seconds (4 minutes) per end. In total they will be shooting 144 scoring arrows the Saturday and 144 scoring arrows the Sunday.” – MORGAN PIEK