Team South Africa returned from the recent World Bowhunting Championships with nine medals ÔÇô and three new world champions.
The championships were held in Wagga Wagga, Australia and a small group of 11 archers made the trip Down Under, compared to the team of 24 archers that travelled to Europe for the Germany field championships.
A total of 15 nations took part in Australia, with 471 archers spread over the 61 shooting styles. South Africa took part in six of the different styles.
South Africa won three gold, four silver and two bronze medals. The gold medals went to Johan Wells, Paul van Heerden and Anja Kleingeld.
In the AMBU style division, South Africa were again ranked in the top 10 3D archers of the world.
The field rounds are a bit different to other forms of archery and there are many divisions, varying from challenging positions shooting at rubber animals, through to target faces in really awkward positions.
Good news for South African archery is that before closing the WBHC, the IFAA president Loet Smit called on the South African team to take receipt of the IFAA flag as we are the next hosts of the 2013 World Bowhunting Championships.
Summary of the WBHU Championships
Junior┬áMale Bowhunter Unlimited
Junior Male Freestyle Unlimited
Silver: ┬áAnton Dreyer Jnr
Veteran Male Freestyle Unlimited
Gold:┬áPaul van Heerden
Adult Male Bowhunter Unlimited
Bronze:┬áJurgens van Stryp
Adult Male Freestyle Unlimited
Junior Female Freestyle Unlimited