Saturday, February 24, 2018

Vire, Cezair are national archery champs


EXTREME FOCUS: Ladies compound bow archer Neela Cezair takes aim at a target during competition. Cezair won the National Archery Outdoor Championships on Sunday at Michael P MacKenzie Range, Chaguaramas.

Mark Fraser

 George Vire was in impressive form on the weekend, and doubled up for Points Archery with team and individual titles, while Neela Cezair took the ladies title at the National Archery Outdoor Championships at Michael P MacKenzie Range in Chaguaramas.

In Sunday’s men’s compound bow knockout competition, the Points Archery team of target men, led by the seasoned Vire, shot their way to an 11-point victory over Central Precision, who had T&T standout archer Hasmath Ali among their trio.

In the individual contest, Vire retained the title he won last year, resigning Rakesh Sookoo of Points Archery and Ali to second and third, respectively.

And among the “compound” women, national record holder Cezair was a convincing winner over Southern Bowtech teammates Samantha Jagessar and Lisa Coltest, who picked up silver and bronze, respectively.

The compound mixed team title went to Southern Bowtech, with Jagessar and Rajesh Sampath scoring the win.

In recurve bow shooting, Shivan Ramdhanie of Elite Archery eased to the title over teammate Varun Persad, while defending champion, Central Precision’s Dunbar Roopnarine had to settle for third.

Things were much tighter among the recurve women, with Imaani Abdullah clinching the title by a single point. She edged past exciting junior Aniqaah Beharry, who fought valiantly, but in vain. Third was Renushka Burgess.