By Mark Etheridge
South African archery official Charmaine Ho is heading for Rio!
The Gauteng judge was upgraded to International Judge status by World Archery back in 2011 and has since travelled the world plying her trade.
Some exciting things have taken place since then,’ she told Road to Rio 2016.
‘I’ve judged at many international events, including the 2011 Summer Universiade Games (Shenzhen, China), the 2012 London Paralympics and the Federation of African Archery Continental Championships (Rabat, Morocco) in the same year; the 2013 World Archery World Championships (Antalya, Turkey), alternate for the 2014 World Cup Final (Lausanne, Switzerland) and last year’s World Archery Youth Championships (Yankton, USA).
‘But the highlight for me is that I’ve been appointed by World Archery to judge at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
‘I was also the recipient of the Technical Official of the Year at the Gauteng Sports Awards in 2013 and then again in 2015.’
Ho was also in Rio late last year to judge at the Aquece Rio 2016 Test Event for archery.
She’ll the be only South African archery official in Rio. World Archery have appointed 14 judges to the Olympics and only one person per member association is appointed.
In the picture, Ho judges the Recurve Women’s Gold Medal Match at the Test Event which was held at the Sambodromo (home of the famous Rio Mardi Gras) between archers from Korea (wearing white top) and Chinese Taipei (wearing blue top)