YANCHEP resident Danie Oosthuizen is heading to Mexico this Friday for the World Archery Championships.
Oosthuizen is currently WA’s best compound bow archer in the masters division, having won gold at both the State field and State indoor competitions this year.
Internationally, the Benara Bowmen Archery Club member sits in 75th position for all compound archers and second in the world for his division.
Oosthuizen started competitive archery two-and-a-half years ago with a goal of representing WA and has gone on to represent Australia.
He travelled to China, Poland and Germany for world archery competitions earlier this year, and leaves on October 13 for the championships in Mexico, which run from October 15-22.
“Not only has he accomplished that goal but he has also represented Australia in three world archery competitions so far this year,” the club’s publicity officer Tamara Locke said.
“Danie has achieved the highest Australian archery award for shooting a score of more than 700 in a World Archery Competition when he competed in Poland – his arrows only hit the gold in the centre of the target every time.
“Danie trains every spare moment that he gets and is quietly determined to always do his best and then better it. The sport of archery not only requires physical strength and endurance it also needs focus and determination and is mentally challenging at such an elite level.”
Oosthuizen said one of his national teammates pulled out of next week’s championships following two recent earthquakes in the Central American country.
World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said the organisation extended sympathy and condolences to people affected by the natural disasters that caused 369 deaths and damage to buildings in September.
“World Archery has been in regular contact with the organisers of the upcoming World Archery Congress and Championships, due to be held in Mexico City in mid-October, to assess what affect these earthquakes might have on the event,” he said.
Oosthuizen said he enjoyed the challenge and his ability to excel in the sport.