February was an exciting month for Lakeview Archers – with announcements of six members being selected to represent NZ in international archery events.
Rynard van Tonder and Brian Rowe have both been selected to compete in the World Archery World Cup series stage #1 event which will be held in Shanghai, China, from April 23 – 29. A selection shoot was held in Rotorua in early February which resulted in a full team of 16 archers qualifying for this event.
Rynard and Brian are competing in the men’s compound division and have been training hard to ensure that they are ready for this competition – shooting an average of 100 arrows every day.
The recent theft of Rynard’s bow has been a devastating blow to this preparation. “It takes hours of shooting and tuning to get your bow shooting correctly, so now I have a lot of work to do to get another bow up to the same standard,” said Rynard. “Given that we are all having to self-fund these trips, the additional expense is also really bad timing.”
Not wanting to be outdone, the younger members of the club have also been working hard and the announcement of the 2018 Trans-Tasman Test team saw four Lakeview members named in the 24-archer squad. These are: Abi Denton (junior ladies compound), Ben Trim (intermediate men’s compound), Andrew Syme (intermediate men’s compound) and Levi Wesford (club men’s compound).
Lakeview Archers are based at 265 Horahora Rd, 20 minutes south of Cambridge.