Archer better for Cup experience
Former top junior takes aim
Porirua archer Jeremy Hollis overcame humidity and nerves to post a good finish at his first World Cup event last month.
The 18-year-old, who was previously the country’s top junior and finished third in the men’s recurve at the senior nationals in January, said his World Cup debut at the Shanghai tournament went as well as he could have hoped.
‘‘You never know how things are going to go at this top level until you try,’’ he said.
‘‘I was pretty thrilled with my results.’’
Hollis said the smells, sounds and heat of Shanghai took some getting used to, but two days of practice in the outdoor stadium where the World Cup event was held steadied his nerves.
Competing in China alongside five other New Zealand competitors also helped him to settle down.
‘‘ When you’re standing on that line ready to shoot, with some of the best competitors in the world, there’s always going to be nerves.
‘‘My first couple of shots were a bit shaky side, but I got over that quickly.’’
After finishing 96th out of 127 archers in qualifying, Hollis was paired against a Mexican competitor, ranked 17th in the field.
The Porirua archer won six sets to four, including one set where he nailed a perfect 30 points.
Having his compatriots supporting his every shot eased some of the pressure, Hollis said.
In the next round he lost 6-4 to a North Korean archer. It was a close-run thing, because one set was decided by a solitary point.
His scores, and the defeat of his Mexican opponent in round one, meant he finished in a tie for 33rd overall.
Hollis was happy with his form and believed it would hold him in good stead as he looked towards the indoor nationals, at Te Rauparaha Arena in August.
Hollis’ club, Mana Archery Club, will host the nations.
‘‘I’m still aiming for the 2020 [Tokyo] Olympics and you have to go to a lot World Cup events before that to make the grade.
‘‘I’ve got a bit of time in front me, so this trip to Shanghai was important.
‘‘It was a great experience and I now know a little bit about the pressure you face at that level. I’m pretty comfortable with it.’’