Back: Sean Hunt, Rohan Wewege and Dawie Theron.
Front: Ryan Jackson, Benéche Jackson, Canell Jackson and Lin-Mari Theron.
The Merensky Archery Club is going places. Eight members participated in the two day, Triple Crown Leg 1 ABO/3Di competition hosted at Magnum Archery in Pretoria on 9 and 10 February.
The adventurous range of 22 butts were set in a natural hunting environment over a distance of 1 to 4 km. During this event the archers were divided into groups and aimed at mock-animal targets as they would appear in their natural surroundings. Participants were scored based on their groupings on the target.
This type of competition is challenging in the respect that it forces the archers to navigate rocky and often uneven terrain loaded with shrubbery, trees and outcrops which obscure the view. The targets are placed over distances ranging between 10 and 60 meters and archers compete according to draw weight, sex and age. The course usually takes six nail biting hours to complete.
The archers returned home with many awards: Merensky’s prized first team consisting of Lin-Mari Theron, Canell Jackson, Sean Hunt and Ryan Jackson claimed a podium silver and boasted a host of individual achievements.
During the competition Sean Hunt and sisters Benéche and Canell Jackson each attained one provincial qualifying score while Dawie and Lin-Mari Theron both achieved two sought after provincial qualifiers.
Personal bests were reached by Ryan Jackson, Rohan Wewege and Martin Mostert.
The medal winners in their various categories were: coach Dawie Theron achieved gold, Lin-Mari Theron (FY) silver, Canell Jackson (FY) bronze, Benche Jackson (FBO) bronze, Sean Hunt (YMR 15-17) bronze and Martin Mostert (MC) bronze.