Yanchep teen on target for National Youth Archery Championships

Danie-Louis Oosthuizen will compete in the National Youth Archery Championships. Picture: Martin Kennealey d467656
Danie-Louis Oosthuizen will compete in the National Youth Archery Championships. Picture: Martin Kennealey d467656

YANCHEP teenager Danie-Louis Oosthuizen (14) is heading to Melbourne today to compete in the National Youth Archery Championships.

The Quinns Baptist College Year 9 student said he was excited about taking part in his first national competition.

“I’ve been training hard; I just need to get there and shoot well hopefully,” he said.

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“If you win, it’s great; you have your personal best and you’re always trying to beat your scores.”

Danie-Louis Oostuizen ready to release. Picture: Peter Choy

Danie-Louis started archery when he was seven, picking up the sport from his father Danie, who will compete in China in May and Poland in September, and has similar aspirations.

“I would like to go to the youth international championships (and) go to the Olympics,” he said.

He trains every weekend at Benara Bowmen Archery Club in Whiteman Park and began playing competitively about two years ago.

Danie-Louis Oosthuizen’s target in Bunbury. Picture: Peter Choy

His mother Corleen said this year he had excelled in the sport, recently placing second overall at a Bunbury competition.

Danie-Louis will compete in the intermediate age group at the April 8-12 championships, taking part in half a dozen events, including ‘clout’, which involves shooting upward and having the arrow land on a flat target on the ground.

He uses a compound bow and can shoot targets up to 70m away.