On the 5th of August, during the Northwest Archery Championships, the Laerskool Baillie Park Baillies team not only demonstrated precision but also showed incredible dedication and spirit. In the "bullseye" competition, they secured a notable second place, and in the 2D competition, they took the top spot with a first-place finish.
What makes these achievements remarkable is the caliber of the competition. Baillies was up against larger schools that have been offering archery as a sport for over a decade. Even more impressively, this is only Baillies' second year participating.
Bullseye Top 12 Sharpshooters:
David Knoetze, Gerhard Maritz, Mia Roos, Bendre Hendrikse, Divan van der Walt, Emma Coetzee, Luan Erasmus, Suzanne van der Merwe, Derik Pheiffer, Daleen Enslin, Elizma de Jager, Muller Hattingh
2D Top 6 Sharpshooters:
Mia Roos, David Knoetze, Gerhard Maritz, Luan Erasmus, Elizma de Jager, Bendre Hendrikse
Coach of The Year
Adding a feather to Baillies' cap, their coach, Tammy Knoetze, was named Northwest's Coach of the Year. A well-deserved recognition for her dedication and guidance!
Baillies is rightfully proud of their achievements and the talent they are nurturing.
The following weekend, on the 12th of August, during the inter-school archery competition at Bergsig High School, Baillies made their mark yet again. Laerskool Baillie Park emerged as the best junior team, solidifying their growing reputation in the sport.
The Stellar Team:
David Knoetze, Gerhard Maritz, Bendré Hendrikse, Elizma de Jager, Mia Roos, Muller Hattingh, Suzanne van der Merwe, Emma Coetzee, Divan van der Walt, Luan Erasmus, Bea van den Berg, MJ Kruis
In addition to the team’s overall achievement, individual shooters were recognized with medals:
Silver: David Knoetze
Bronze: Elizma de Jager
Gold: Christelle Maritz
Silver: Niel Roos
Bronze: Megan Hendrikse
Bright Archery Future
Congratulations to Baillies for their impressive showings and for setting a high standard in local youth archery. The future looks bright!