Danie to draw on ex­pe­ri­ence

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT - Lucy Jarvis

YANCHEP res­i­dent Danie Oosthuizen is head­ing to Mex­ico this Fri­day for the World Archery Cham­pi­onships.

Oosthuizen is cur­rently WA’s best com­pound bow archer in the masters divi­sion, hav­ing won gold at both the State field and State in­door com­pe­ti­tions this year.

In­ter­na­tion­ally, the Be­nara Bow­men Archery Club mem­ber sits in 75th po­si­tion for all com­pound archers and sec­ond in the world for his divi­sion.

Oosthuizen started com­pet­i­tive archery two-and-a-half years ago with a goal of rep­re­sent­ing WA and has gone on to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia.

He trav­elled to China, Poland and Ger­many for world archery com­pe­ti­tions ear­lier this year, and leaves on Oc­to­ber 13 for the cham­pi­onships in Mex­ico, which run from Oc­to­ber 15-22.

“Not only has he ac­com­plished that goal but he has also rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in three world archery com­pe­ti­tions so far this year,” the club’s pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Ta­mara Locke said.

“Danie has achieved the high­est Aus­tralian archery award for shoot­ing a score of more than 700 in a World Archery Com­pe­ti­tion when he com­peted in Poland – his ar­rows only hit the gold in the cen­tre of the tar­get every time.

“Danie trains every spare mo­ment that he gets and is qui­etly de­ter­mined to al­ways do his best and then bet­ter it. The sport of archery not only re­quires phys­i­cal strength and en­durance it also needs fo­cus and de­ter­mi­na­tion and is men­tally chal­leng­ing at such an elite level.”

Oosthuizen said one of his na­tional team­mates pulled out of next week’s cham­pi­onships fol­low­ing two re­cent earth­quakes in the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try.

World Archery sec­re­tary gen­eral Tom Die­len said the or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­tended sym­pa­thy and con­do­lences to peo­ple af­fected by the nat­u­ral dis­as­ters that caused 369 deaths and dam­age to build­ings in Septem­ber.

“World Archery has been in reg­u­lar con­tact with the or­gan­is­ers of the up­com­ing World Archery Congress and Cham­pi­onships, due to be held in Mex­ico City in mid-Oc­to­ber, to as­sess what af­fect th­ese earth­quakes might have on the event,” he said.

Oosthuizen said he en­joyed the chal­lenge and his abil­ity to ex­cel in the sport.

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Archer Danie Oosthuizen.

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