Singh, Lawrence represent Guyana at International Virtual Archery Competition
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Robert Singh completes his end under the watchful eye of coach Umasankar Madray.
Robert Singh completes his end under the watchful eye of coach Umasankar Madray.

ARCHERY Guyana proudly fielded two archers for the 60X ISOL Remote Shoot Competition held on May 31, with the pair of Winnette Lawrence and Robert Singh featured in what was the ninth stage of this novel Virtual Competition.

Approximately 100 archers from 16 countries as far flung as Norway, Australia, Britain, Belgium and even closer to home –  British Virgin Islands – participated with the aim of keeping archers focussed on maintaining fitness and competitiveness during the worldwide quarantine resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Guyanese duo competed in the 30m Compound and the 30m Recurve Bows categories respectively. Both categories comprised two sessions with 36 arrows each.

Winnette Lawrence

Singh, on his first venture at this competition scored 556/720 and placed 7th in a group of nine archers. Commenting at the end of the competition, Singh said that it was tough, with high-calibre archers producing high-level scores. Singh noted that while he was satisfied with his performance he also recognised that there was room for much improvement.

Meanwhile, Lawrence on her second venture in this competition pointed out that she experienced issues with her equipment which affected her performance. She scored 563/720.

In the Sunday’s competition, Lawrence regrettably experienced equipment failure, stating that her “… stabiliser broke and my sight got loose. I am placed 12 out of 12, but still proud of myself to continue to the end amidst the failure of my equipment, so I blame myself 75% , as an elite archer being placed 182 in the world I should have known to always check my bow and arrows before going into a competition”.

The next stage for this Virtual Competition is stage 10 scheduled for June 7 and Archery Guyana is working towards having its members continue to participate.

Archery Guyana urges archers with access to ranges or home facilities to participate. For more information: email archeryguyana@gmail.com

All archers are mandated to observe their National health and safety requirements and the World Health Organisation’s guidelines pertaining to controlling and preventing the dreaded COVID-19.

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