Archery: WA returns from National Youth Archery Championships with 20 medals


Standing: Jai Francis, Danie- Louis Oosthuizen, Liam Boyle, Ray Locke, Zak Andrews, Michael Duncan, Meagan Locke, Scott Jefferies, Luke Schmidt, Brennan Stone, Yvonne Borchers, Harrison Locke, Tamara Locke. Kneeling: Eeshan Ranade, Yi Wen Lim (independent), Emma Nolan (independent).
Standing: Jai Francis, Danie- Louis Oosthuizen, Liam Boyle, Ray Locke, Zak Andrews, Michael Duncan, Meagan Locke, Scott Jefferies, Luke Schmidt, Brennan Stone, Yvonne Borchers, Harrison Locke, Tamara Locke. Kneeling: Eeshan Ranade, Yi Wen Lim (independent), Emma Nolan (independent).

WA had 12 archers aged 12 to 20 represent the state with the addition of two independent entrants at this years National Youth Archery Championships.

About 150 competitors took part in the event in Morwell, Victoria, which was hosted by the Twin City Archers Club from April 12 to 16.

The WA team travelled together and competed alongside one another stepping up to the line with archers from around Australia.

They shot the four archery disciplines of clout, field, target and short course using recurve or compound bows in their different age divisions.

The first day of competition was clout and the weather was fantastic – the rest of the time it was cold, wet and very windy, which was challenging both physically and mentally.

The courage, determination and endurance of each archer in the situations they faced was admirable.

Overall, WA returned home with 20 medals – nine gold, seven silver and four bronze.

Kalamunda Governor Stirling Archers member Jai Francis, of High Wycombe, received the male all rounder award for the intermediate compound division with three gold and one silver medal.

A few archers remained for the National Matchplay Competition from April 17 to 18 and four WA archers were selected to represent Australia in the Trans Tasman to shoot against New Zealand from April 19 to 23 with Australia retaining the trophy for 2018.

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