Young Jorina Coetzee has shot her way to silver at the World Target Archery Championships in Ulsan, Korea.
Shooting in the compound women’s category, the South African, aged just 17, can now claim to be one of the top archers in the world.
Ranked 21st in the seeding round, Jorina went through the semi-finals of the 45th world championships, shooting against the higher ranked Italian archer Laura Longo.
A score of 113:110 saw the Mpumalanga competitor triumph and go through to the gold/silver medal match against top-seeded Russian archer Albina Loginova.
Taking to the shooting line in hot weather conditions, bothered by a confusing wind but backed with the support of the SA Team, it was a nerve-wracking competition, ending in a score of 106:116 to the Russian and Jorina taking the silver medal.
Jorina was the youngest archer of participants from over 100 member nations.
Being ranked as the No2 archer in the world is a noble accolade and testament to her coach, Josef Preisser, the many hours of practice, dedication to the sport and SANAA support.
An ecstatic Coetzee said on the SANAA (SA National Archery Association) website: “Maybe I surprised the world because I am 17 and someone who would not be expected to win a silver medal at the world championships?
“In my mind I knew I could do it. When I shot the youth world championships two months ago, I already knew that I would come here, so it was good preparation. Between juniors and elite, the distance is the same, so technically it is the same. But off course the archers are more mature. There is more density in the level. Now I’m very proud of my achievement and I’m very happy.
“I hope now to keep shooting at high level and one day win gold. The other good news is that I will be able to play another youth world championships in two years. I hope also to compete in the World Cup soon. There are just plenty of events and medals to go for!”