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NASP All-NATION ALL-STAR TOUR REPORT

10th to 17th July 2016

Alpine Heath Resort

Drakensburg, KwaZulu Natal, RSA

By Rob Jackson

 

Introduction

Since the inception of NASP Zimbabwe in mid 2013, and the roll out since then to 13 schools and clubs in Zimbabwe the program has developed and matured showing a very focussed direction and passion for the sport of competitive archery at a junior (U19) level in local and International tournaments.

Global popularity of International style archery in this format is staggering, and the numbers of archers involved begs belief. The USA has 12,500 schools actively participating with over 2,5 million kids doing NASP as an In – school physical education staple or sporting choice. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Uk, Mongolia, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe  make up another 1000 schools world wide in 2016.

When the US host a National competition, over 13 000 competitive archers descend on the convention centres for the challenge, with no less than 30 000 supporters or spectators cheering on their teams. It is a HUGE deal, and the top achievers are handsomely and very generously endowed by sponsors and corporate benefactors.

NASP Zimbabwe have fielded teams annually to do National service in International competitions since 2014, and are very proud to be able to hold their heads up high in the African arena where for the 3rd year now have ranked second and in the global arena where the Zimbabwe National team of 16 archers narrowly missed out on achieving bronze medals but still managed an honourable 4th place in world placings. Our recently formed and battle tested development Team have returned home  holding a bunch of medals and huge grins, and a new found confidence and attitude towards their archery choice as a sport.

Our young band of archers, drawn from a small but talented pool have a reputation in the NASP fraternity of being tough and focussed, who punch above their weight and able to match scores with some of the world’s top contenders, which was proven again during this epic archery tournament that was recently concluded.

Zimbabwe was this year able to showcase some new talent in the form of members from the National and the Development Teams, which is a welcome introduction to the competitions going forward. It has allowed the exposure to travel and tournaments that have not been available to our archers who could not quite achieve a place in the National teams.

This report will highlight their prowess and accomplishments on the range in equal measure, as they were indeed the biggest surprise and bonus to have on this trip.

 

The Teams

The NASP All –Nation organisers invited Development teams to participate to open up the scope and size of the competition. Development teams were fielded from Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Centershot which is a church based archery program using the NASP rulebook and equipment.16 archer’s make up the size of these teams.

National teams of 16 archers in each were presented from the USA, Canada, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s tour staff consists of Carla Jackson the appointed  National coach, the Development teams coach lead by Mike Philip and the tour manager and head coach duties being executed by Rob Jackson.

Participants in both teams are tested, ranked and selected from a series of Inter-school matches and supplementary matches held prior to the big International competitions. They are drawn from any of the junior or senior NASP schools or clubs that host this type of archery program.

The team selection committee sign off the results of these valuable selection criteria and the teams are announced.

 

ZIMBABWE DEVELOPMENT ARCHERY TEAM

 

             

 

 
           

 

             

 

             

 

             

 

             

 

 

 

   

10th to 17th July  at Alpine Heath Resort

   

 

                         Country:-Zimbabwe Development Team

 

             

 

Nr.

Surname

Name

Gender

School/Club

GRADE

 

 

1

Masterson

Huntley

M

ST. JOHNS PREP A

7

 

 

2

Ramphal

Byron

M

HELLENIC AC A

8

 

 

3

Tahwa

Innocent

M

ARAC A

9

 

 

4

Thomson

Andrew

M

SGCA

10

 

 

5

Welsh

Keegan

M

ST. JOHNS PREP A

6

 

 

6

Stockil

Nathan

M

SHELBY SC

9

 

 

7

Shin

Caleb

M

SGCA

10

 

 

8

Osman

Nabeel

M

SGCA

10

 

 

9

Oldknow

Keane

M

HELLENIC JNR A

6

 

 

10

Rushwaya

Shamiso

F

PHOUSE GIRLS A

11

 

 

11

Magner

Tara

F

PHOUSE GIRLS A

12

 

 

12

Lagesse

Julia

F

PHOUSE GIRLS A

11

 

 

13

Mclaughlin

Amber

F

ARAC A

9

 

 

14

Balzer

Tristan

M

HELLENIC JNR A

6

 

 

15

Flight

Jayden

M

ST. JOHNS PREP A

7

 

 

16

Guthrie

Iain

M

SGCA

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

             

 

                 

 

                 

 

                 

 

                 

 

     
     

110th to 17th July  at Alpine Heath Resort

     

 

 

                         Country:-Zimbabwe National Team

 
                 
 

Nr.

Surname

Name

Gender

School/Club

GRADE

   
 

1

Jackson

Daniel

M

ARAC A

9

   
 

2

Hunter

Chelsey

F

ARAC A

9

   
 

3

Jackson

Cristina

F

CHISI JUN

7

   
 

4

Tennant

Jennifer-Rose

F

ARAC A

9

   
 

5

Abson

Daniel

M

SGCA

9

   
 

6

Fergusson

Angus

M

PHOUSE A

11

   
 

7

Brits

Shirea

F

PHOUSE GIRLS A

9

   
 

8

Barnes

Kirk

M

PHOUSE A

10

   
 

9

Guthrie

Jaime

M

SGCA

11

   
 

10

Brown

Chanelle

F

PHOUSE GIRLS A

12

   
 

11

Kloppers

Sallie

F

PHOUSE GIRLS A

9

   
 

12

Fleetwood-Bird

Andrew

M

SGCA

10

   
 

13

Timba

Tinashe

M

SGCA

10

   
 

14

Chohan

Ankush

M

SGCA

10

   
 

15

Hewitt

Colby

M

SGCA

10

   
 

16

Du Plooy

Graeme

M

ST. JOHNS PREP A

7

   
       
                 

 

                                 

ZIMBABWE NATIONAL TEAM

 
 
 

 

 
       
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

      Country:

      Zimbabwe Tour Staff

 

Instructors available for range duty

NAME

SURNAME

Gender

School

Instructor Grade

Rob

Jackson

M

Archers Access

BAIT/Manager

Carla

Jackson

F

Archers Access

BAI

Mike

Philip

M

St Georges College

BAI

Team Manager and Coach Information

NAME

SURNAME

E-Mail

Cell

Rob

Jackson

 

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+263772251072

Carla

Jackson

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+263772251072

Mike

Philip

 

 

The Competion Venue

Alpine Heath Resort nestling in the valleys of the north Drakensburg range is vast holiday/conference complex with 100 fully equipped standalone chalets spread over rolling hills in the valley of the mountain range.

2 separate tournaments were being contested on 2 very specific archery ranges. The bulls-eye tournament and other presentations and ceremonies was housed in a massive 60m x 30m marquee, and the 3D tournament was contested on a flattish peice of ground fully exposed to the wind and elements about 250m away.

Both tests of archery would run in parallel in a very efficient manner requiring alot of range management and staff.

3D is another test of archery skill involving life-like rubber animal targets set up at various distances from the archer. The scoring system is the same, but with the archer moving to an accending distance and different animal after 5 shots. Our Zimbabwean archers were at a distinct disadvantage as we do not have these targets or practice this format at all, so it was arranged that we get a “crash course” in 3D on Monday the 11th, prior to the actual main competition commencing.

We were not able to try out the actual 3D targets but were given the similar 2D paper targets to try and become familiar with. Lots of fun was had learning on the fly with our archers adapting rapidly to this target variation. Our teams would each have to compete at a world level in this format in a few days, so anxiety levels were up.

 

  

The ‘Indoor’ range

 

  

The 3D range

 

 

The Competition Officially Begins

The official opening ceremony was performed late afternoon on Tuesday 12th July with the  walk through and greeting of all the teams being a big crowd favourite with the number of keen supporters on hand. This year was no exception, and the atmosphere and excitement was elevated due to the stature and importance of such a big international tournament being contested by the best of the best in world NASP archery.

One by one the National and Development teams marched in being lead by their banner men to the sound of up-beat music. National anthems were sung and welcome speeches and good wishes offered by the President on NASP SA, Mr Wilhelm Greeff

 

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Wednesday 13th july (first day of shooting-bulls-eye only)

The scoring system and format would allow every archer in all the teams to complete 3 rounds of bulls-eye shooting and scoring. This would then split each team into a top half and bottom half by virtue of the individuals top scores. These 3 scorecards would be the individuals personal best scores for the bulls-eye phase of the competition, and medals would be appointed in due course for these efforts.

The National scorecards were a mixed bag of very good and sub-par performances which by the end of that process had split up the team in half.

Top 5 Zim National performers in round 1 of this process were:

Shirea Brits: 290/300

Daniel Jackson: 286

Chelsey Hunter: 284

Andrew Fleetwood-Bird: 284

Angus Fergusson:284

Top 5 Zim National performers in round 2 of this process were:

Angus Fergusson: 289/300

Daniel Jackson: 289

Jennifer- Rose Tennant: 288

Cristina Jackson:  286

Kirk Barnes: 284

Top 5 Zim National performers in round 3 of this process were:

Daniel Jackson: 289/300

Chelsey Hunter: 288

Colby Hewitt: 285

Angus Fergusson: 284

Andrew Fleetwood –Bird: 282

The National team top 8 had to shoot again in round 4 against the top 8 archers from all of the National teams.

The Zimbabwe 8 team and scores were as follows.

Cristina Jackson: 290/300

Daniel Jackson: 289

Angus Fergusson: 289

Jennifer rose Tennant: 283

Chelsey Hunter: 283

    

Action on the range during the ranking rounds

After round 4 the country standings looked like this.

These scores and results would unfortunately see the Zimbabwe National team bowing out by being beaten by a 12 point margin in a 2400 point competiton for the quest for the medals, and culminate in the team achieving 4th in the world and retain its second place standing for African countries. So close and yet so far!

The 3D challenges now awaited all of the Zimbabwe National archers and the bottom half of all of the Development teams.

Our hopes and energies were now focussed on our very young and mostly inexperienced group of 16 Development archers who were going through the same ranking and elimination procedure against the tough SA, Namibian and Centershot teams.

       

Some Development archers in action

After 3 rounds of ranking scores the top 8 development archers proceeded to decimate their opposition by putting in some very high scores which were far beyond the expected limits of what we thought was the norm.

By the end of round 4 the great form and scores continued from our development stars with the following results:

Keegan welsh: 284

Byron Ramphal: 277

Huntley Masterson: 277

Tristan Balzer: 269

Caleb Shin: 266

Keane Oldknow: 265

Nathan Stockil: 259

Tara Magner:259

This set of scores put the Zimbabwe development team at the top of the rankings with 2 matches remaining to determine the gold or silver medal winners.

 

 

 

 

In the final bulls-eye match our intrepid 8 Development archers failed to as a team maintain this great form and were sadly beaten by the team from Centreshot who claimed the gold medals, leaving Zimbabwe with the silver medal placing for this part of the All-Nation tournament. A great achievement from a young and nervous team who some members controlled their emotions to shoot far better scores than some counterparts from their and many other National teams.

The 3D tournament gets underway( Thursday 14th July)

As teams were being eliminated or completed the bulls-eye tournament, they were being allocated times to shoot in the 3D tournament located a short distance away on the exposed range prepared for this challenge.

Our National team shot in 2 rounds in very windy conditions and were out paced by the Americans and South Africans who have a lot of experience in world 3D formats and compete annually in this format. The South Africans actually had the World 3D champion prior to this tournament.

No big surprise when after the 3D round were completed the National rankings were :

1)USA

2)South Africa

3)Canada

  

 

  

3D action on day 4

The Development teams also had to complete their rounds in the 3D challenges. And once again they continued to surprise and impress. The youngsters from Zimbabwe again shot against some of the top 3D archers in the world and put in some really remarkable scores and held their composure like real pros.

By the end of the 3D challenges on Friday 15th of July, the Zimbabwean Development archers would have secured enough points  to give them silver medals in the team scores, and incredibly earn the winning scores for the individual 2 top ladies in our team.

The gold medal for 3D archery was won by Tara Magner, and runner up silver by Julia Lagesse.

Tristan Balzer shoots against the world Champion 3D archer

Closing ceremony and prize giving

The usual format for concluding and closing these big international meetings is a walk through and assembly of all of the teams, followed by National anthems, speeches, thanks from the organisers and finally the medals and prizes are awarded. This is then followed up with group congratulations, hugs and thousands of pictures and a huge feast with loud music and dancing till the sound curfew is activated.

 

Team shirts were swopped and signed and memorabilia traded, as well as contact details on social media platforms. Lasting friendships were made and are being nurtured by daily interactions between archers on one of the social media portals and facebook.

 

Results and awards table

 

 

    

Figure 1 Zim ,USA and SA NASP pose for a pic

 

                                                                                         

Figure 2 Zim  Dev Gold and Silver 3D winners Tara and Julia

Figure 3 Zim Dev silver medal  winning Bulls -eye and 3D team

 

Figure 4 The entire Zim squad let off steam and have a party

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons learned and conclusion

Valuable life lessons about participation, sportsmanship, leadership, humility and thanks are all part of a trip of this magnitude. Our young archery stars embarked on this quest not expecting to have such an all rounded fantastic experience which included the excitement of travelling internationally being an ambassador and sportsperson representing your country, competing at an International level in a sport they all love and making new global friends with exactly the same feeling toward this common experience.

NASP in Zimbabwe continues to expand it’s reach and finds new talent hidden in all sorts of places. The love of the bow and arrow as a pastime or in a competitive arena is being nurtured and successfully tested again by this opportunity to showcase what has been achieved by the young archers in Zimbabwe in a very competitive environment and in a relatively short time frame.

The positive active involvement of the Archer’s Access Club Committee members, the archers and their parents as well as the participating schools and coaches combined with  the amazing performance of the Fund Raising Group coupled with the assistance from the Zimbabwe Archery Association in enabling this tour to be documented and sanctioned by the SRC all set a standard and tone for future more successful NASP adventures Internationally or  locally.

 

Work will continue to improve on the mental part of this activity which at its core is an exercise in controlling your emotions and stress levels. This will no doubt better prepare our teams for the next big International which is being hosted by NASP Namibia in October 2017.