Budding archers shine
Jean-luc Espinet won the men’s recurve title at the Trinidad and Tobago Target Archery Federation’s National Outdoor Junior and Open Championships which took place earlier this month.
The 18-year-old foreign-based athlete, who was competing as part of the Points Archery Club, made a triumphant return to Trinidad winning the men’s recurve title by edging out Dean Wilkens of Central Precision Archery Club and also smashing the youth record at 70 metres in doing so.
The national championships also heralded in a wave of young, talented archers who announced their arrival in emphatic style. Leading the way was locally trained 12-year-old Shemariah Ali of Central Precision Archery Club which is located in Charlieville, Chaguanas.
Coached by Hasmath Ali, Shemariah dominated the women’s national open recurve ranking round winning gold with an impressive score of 507, in the process setting a new national record of 267 for a round of 36 arrows at the Olympic distance of 70 metres.
Tenielle Frederick also of Central Precision smashed the old junior national record of 249 by 187 points, setting a new mark of 436.
This year’s events also saw the introduction of young compound archers by Central Precision, led by Orlando Radix and Hannah Ali. Radix, 14, competed unopposed, ending with an outstanding score of 677 having six straight 10s on one end of six arrows.
Many of the other youth archers, such as Reanna Churaman (Elite), Christian Forde (Academy Archery), Bryanna Ramlakhan (Southern Bowtech), Aniqah and Amaara Beharry, Ranushka Burgess and Tenielle Frederick (Central Precision), all performed creditably.
Coach Ali said that archery is not an easy sport as it commands physical strength and effort, was he was proud to see that the young archers in Trinidad and Tobago moving forward.
As for the consistent success of his own club at both the senior and youth level in both the compound and recurve disciplines, coach Ali said that “It is clear that the training methods used by Central Precision are beginning to bare results.