Archery Guyana’s Qualification round of the World Archery Americas’ Online Archery Cup of the Americas continued in sweltering heat on August 23rd and 25th, 2020 with an additional 3 males, (Umasankar Madray, Nicholas Hing and Robert Singh) and 2 females (Talitha Kissoon and Samira Duncan) recurve archers competing in the 18m distance.
Whilst the competition was strong among the Archers, Umasankar finished the match with 298 points experiencing some difficulties with his new equipment, resulting in an unusually low scoring sequence. Nick started off strong but faltered under the sweltering heat ending the match with a total of 338 points. Senior Indoors and Outdoors Champion Robert was able to sustain a reasonable average under the adverse conditions ending the match with a total of 404 points.
The 2 female competitors : Junior Female Champion, Talitha, showcased her natural talent hitting the 10 spot 5 times but was obviously affected by a lack of match practice ending with a score of 245. Samira, also affected by lack of practice had a slow start but her scoring gathered momentum throughout the match whereby she closed the Match with a total of 347.
The Online Archery Cup of the Americas is a World Archery Americas sanctioned competition seeking to advance the spirit of competing on a virtual arena whilst abiding with the COVID-19 safety measures across the Americas (North, South & Central America and the Caribbean).
Archery Guyana, the local governing body, was tasked with conducting the qualification round. Scores were recorded electronically, pictures of equipment, scorecards and the target were sent to the Competitions and Judging Committee via Whatsaap for tabulations and scrutiny.
The scores for Guyana’s Qualification Round will be submitted to World Archery where they will be tabulated with the scores from all the other competing countries after which the top two Archers in each category will be short listed to take part in an Elimination shoot, set for late September.
Cognizant of the National Covid-19 Protocols in place and abiding with the laws and the social distancing safety rules as to the limit on the number of persons permitted to be in any gatherings, shooting was done in pairs at different time and dates.
In photos below:
Photo 1: Robert Singh (on left) and Nicholas Hing (on right)
Photo 2: Talitha Kissoon (on left) and Umasankar Madray (on right)
Photo 3: Samira Duncan