Danie-Louis takes a bow

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LO­CAL Sports Star nom­i­nee Danie-Louis Oosthuizen (15) is ranked the best bow­man in Aus­tralia for his age in field archery.

FROM a South African farm to the yard of a Yanchep home, Danie-Louis Oosthuizen has been hon­ing his archery craft for nearly a decade.

The teenager is ranked the best bow­man in Aus­tralia for his age in field archery and third for tar­get shoot­ing.

Tar­get shoot­ing is the type seen at the Olympics with a fixed tar­get, whereas field shoot­ing in­volves walk­ing be­tween tar­gets on a set course.

Oosthuizen (15) prefers field com­pe­ti­tion, where he faces the added chal­lenge of shoot­ing on a va­ri­ety of ter­rains.

He first picked up a bow when he was six.

“We used to live on a farm in South Africa where my dad would go hunt­ing,” he said.

“When we came to Aus­tralia, Dad started to do com­pe­ti­tion archery and I joined in and have not stopped since.”

The archer has dreams of be­com­ing the best in the world, which does not seem un­re­al­is­tic given his rapid progress in just two years of com­pet­i­tive shoot­ing.

Out­side his na­tional ac­co­lades, he has won three­straight WA field cham­pi­onships, back-to-back state tar­get cham­pi­onships and the 2016 WA in­door com­pe­ti­tion.

“What I like most about archery is when you just have one of those great days where you can just con­stantly shoot all your ar­rows in the mid­dle with no strug­gle,” he said.

“But that does not come with no ef­fort – it takes prac­tice and prac­tice to achieve this, and does not hap­pen ev­ery day, un­for­tu­nately.”

Oosthuizen trains with the Be­nara Bow­men at White­man Park on the week­ends and prac­tises for an hour at home each day.

He is a nom­i­nee in the Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group Lo­cal Sports Stars awards.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471212

Archer Danie-Louis Oosthuizen wants to be the best in the world.

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