On May 25, 48 archers participated in the Hyundai WAEC Outdoor stage 1, the first competition of the outdoor season taking place in the Sportoto field at the World Archery Excellence Centre. 15 categories were represented, including Master, Junior, and Cadet in both compound and recurve divisions.
The program of this shooting day included an individual qualification round in the morning, followed by the medals ceremony for individual results. The participants then had the possibility to register as mixed and two-archer teams to take part in robin-round team matches, a new addition to the programme for this year.
Participants from local clubs in Switzerland registered to the competition, as well as archers from other countries such as Djordje Redza, a Serbian archer currently training at the Centre. The Olympic Solidarity scholarship archers training in Lausanne at the World Archery Excellence Centre also joined the event: Marlyse Hourtou from Chad, Areneo David from Malawi, and Mahmoud Abdelwahab from Sudan.
Participants appreciated the competition, as for some of them it was the first time to shoot outdoor after competing in the Centre’s indoor event. Local compound archer Sandra Rittiner told us: “It was my first time participating in an outdoor competition organised by the World Archery Excellence Centre. Today it was windy, but there’s often wind during archery competitions. So I consider this as a good practice for the next competitions. I like the shooting field you have here in the Centre and especially the atmosphere during the events. I achieved my goal to score over 600 points, so this competition is a springboard for me.”
Serbian recurve archer Djordje Redza explained how he applied his training at the World Archery Excellence Centre to this competition: “I feel really happy about my performance in this competition and my training here at the Centre. I liked the atmosphere of the competition and I was able to follow my shooting routine as I do during my training. So I’m really satisfied with my performance today. I kept in mind what I was doing well during the last weeks’ training to apply it during the competition. I focused on the corrections we applied and that helped me to improve my shooting technique. I start seeing the result of these corrections.”
The gold medals went to Kalapurayil Rajan in the Recurve Men category and Gerster Simone for Recurve Women. Cardoso João and Isch Maria were the winners respectively in the Compound Men and Compound Women categories.
The results of the competition for the qualification round can be seen following this link.
The pictures taken during the event are available in our photo gallery.
The next competition taking place at the Centre will be the new Hyundai Outdoor Matchplay Classic on July 6, a competition focused on providing more matches’ experience to its participants. With a short qualification round, the day will be filled by a robin-round competition format, full of matches.
The second stage of the Hyundai WAEC Outdoor Challenge will take place at the World Archery Excellence Centre on July 27.