TuksArchery: A springboard for local archers

ANTHONY JORDAAN

TuksArchery has shown exponential growth. In 2017 alone, the club has hosted events ranging from the TuksArchery Provincial Championships, the June Autumn Championships, the TuksArchery Winter Challenge and the North Gauteng Provincial Indoor Championships.

Athletic success may most accurately be depicted by pointing towards the qualification of Tuks athletes for the July World Cup event in Germany, the Senior World Championships in Mexico, and the Junior World Championships in Argentina.

Five Tuks Archers represented Team SA in the compound archery divisions at the World Cup in Berlin and another five competed in the Rosario 2017 World Archery Youth Championships held in Argentina. Six players from the club were chosen to represent South Africa at the IFAA World Indoor Archery Championships held in Romania from March to April.

 

With the sport in the shadows of bigger sporting codes such as rugby and football at the university, receiving invitations to such prestigious international competitions throughout the course of the year is often regarded as the bread and butter of the club, as they are allowed the opportunity to reach a larger worldwide audience.

The selected juniors competing received their invitations to the event as far back as July, after successfully completing national team trials. Christiaan de Klerk, Reuben Brent-Meek, Lourens Myburgh, Luke van Leeuwen and Wian Roux were selected to represent the club in the Rosario 2017 World Archery Youth Championships between 2 and 8 October.

Brent-Meek came sixth in the Compound Junior Men’s category while van Leeuwen came 40th in the same category. In the Compound Cadet Men’s category, de Klerk came 14th. Myburgh also competed in the Compound Cadet Men’s category and attained 41st position. Roux competed in the Recurve Cadet Men’s category and came 63rd.

The club manager Ilze Wicksell provided insight concerning the growth of TuksArchery in recent years, as well as the club’s recent success. “TuksArchery have provided the most Protea Archers competing at World Archery Events in recent years,” she said.

TuksArchery are also concerned with the development of paraplegic archers. The annual North Gauteng and Provincial Championships which took place in February saw the largest number of paraplegic archers in the history of South African archery competing.

 

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