Suva take out Gold in Archery

Suva dominated in the Fiji Games as they took out three gold medals in the Archery events at St Joseph Secondary School earlier today.

Despite only two districts taking part, Suva managed to take out the gold medals in three of the five events which included Compound Men, Compound Women and Mixed Equipment/Mixed Gender.

World Archery Fiji national secretary Ajay Ballu said it was very competitive with most of the participants achieving their personal bests.

He added they are grateful for such competitions as it helps lifts the profile of the sport and get more people to try it out.

"Competitions were very good, whatever we did today we achieved our aim which is what we had set out to do which was the participants personal best and they managed to achieved that," Ballu said.

"When we had the match play it was really good and competitive which is good to see because there are a limited amount of people who have taken up archery so we are always looking out for competition.

"We are always thankful got competitions because that is when people turn up and our sport gets covered in the media.

"We are not a very popular sport in the country because taking up archery can be quite expensive but it is good for the people out there to know there is a sport they can at least try out."

Three archers have qualified for the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in December who are Robert Elder, Fred Leota and Lisa Leota.

"We are really looking forward to the Pacific Mini Games because we have three athletes who have qualified," Ballu said.

"From now on these three will need to prove themselves more and improve on their personal bests because they will be competing against some of the best players around the Pacific.

"They are our gold medal prospects and we are hoping that this Fiji Games will at least aid them in their preparation for the Mini Games.

"Usually our toughest opponents when it comes Archery are New Caledonia and Tahiti but I do not know whether they will be taking part in December.

"Unlike other countries who get foreign help, we just keep to our local competitions and try to improve in every event that we take part in."

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