BY ROMULUS HUTA
MEMBERS of the Solomon Islands archery team to the Oceania Archery Championship currently underway in New Caledonia have begun their competition yesterday.
The total of six archers have been given 144 arrows to shoot from different distances namely 90m, 70m, 50m and 30m.
The archers would be aiming toward a total possible score of 1440.
The competition is being conducted on match plays for individuals and teams.
Reports gathered by SunSPORTS from Noumea indicated that the team is very excited to be competing against other regional countries.
“Australia and New Zealand have fielded large teams and we will learn a lot from watching them.
“SI is the largest team from Pacific countries.
“David Craig had been helping the team to train since October last year and they have made great progress and will benefit enormously from their competing in the Oceania Games.
“Helen Craig has come on board to assist in the management of the team while in New Caledonia.”
The six archers representing Solomon Islands are Andrew Lano, Piper Soper, Kelly Baedonga, Janet Siru, Nancy Pize and Doris Laula.
The six archers were selected from last month’s national archery championship sponsored by C & I Distributors.
The national championship was held at the Town Ground Rugby Stadium and attracted up to 20 competitors.
The Oceania Archery Championship is expected to bring together archers from 12 Oceania countries namely Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Following the completion of the championship, the Oceania Archery Congress will also be convened for top officials as well as a Level Two Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course from July 16 to 24 to be conducted by Pascal Colmaire of World Archery.
Solomon Islands will be represented in the coaching course by Lano and Laula while Archery Federation President Nihal Seneviratne will represent the country in the Oceania Congress.