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St Michael shoot ahead of the rest

RIA GOODMAN, [email protected]

St Michael shoot ahead of the rest

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THE ST MICHAEL SCHOOL shot their way to the top at the first ever Inter-school Archery Tournament over the weekend.

They took the win ahead of the Graydon Sealy Secondary School and Springer Memorial, while Queen’s College placed fourth.

St Michael did not lose focus, with the strongly built Nicholas Brathwaite piloting his team to victory with assistance from Reanne Antrobus and Anya Ballantyne, who kept their eyes steadfastly on the target to capture the inaugural title.

Graydon Sealy’s Nathaniel Straker and Tremaine Weekes also fought their way to capturing a silver with a couple of solid performances.

The Springer Memorial queens, noted for their strength on the athletics track and the netball court, showed they were also adept at shooting, with good performances from Ragan Jackman and Aleah Yard.

Nicholas Brathwaite placed first overall after delivering some outstanding shots, while Nathaniel Straker and Jackman placed second and third, respectively.

Coordinator of the tournament and coach of The St Michael School, Anton Norville, told MIDWEEK SPORT he was pleased with the standard of the tournament since it was the first time it was being staged.

He referred to the competition as a trial, but hoped it would appear on the schools’ yearly calendar, with possibly a larger number of schools shooting bows.

“This was a trial, but hopefully every year this tournament will be put on. We will be planning it for next year and, hopefully, by then there would be more schools involved. Only four schools took part this year.”

He said The St Michael School first started the sport as a pilot programme with five students, but the number increased to 16.

“This year I decided to run it as a full-fledged club and I have over 60 students already in the first forms. Springer do it in their first form programme and it also gets a lot of recognition,” Norville said.

He said the players performed well, considering that they were new to the sport.

“For the first time the students were relatively comfortable. They actually shot pretty well since most of them would be beginners. Some of them shot for almost a year, some even less than that,” Norville said.

The coach said that even though the sport can become expensive he was looking at ways to assist the interested children.

“At the school we have a set of training bows they can use. If a student shows interest there are certain price ranges they can get equipment at . . . . If you can shoot well with medium level equipment when you actually get to a higher level, you should do well.

He explained that the archery community was also very generous and sometimes donated equipment to archers or sold them equipment at a cheaper price.

Norville added that Ezra Thomas coached the Springer Memorial School, while Judy Magrass coached Graydon Sealy and Queen’s College. (RG)