CUT student shines at archery championships
A young and proud toxophilite (archery lover), Guillaume Pelser says his goal is to be the world champion in archery and the world’s best instructor. He recently competed against archers from various countries under the Freestyle Unlimited Young Adult Male category. He secured the first position and set a new world record with a score of 900 out of 900.
First-year Civil Engineering student, Guillaume Pelser, came out tops at the International Field Archery Association (IFAA) indoor world championships held in Wellington, New Zealand. The 19-year-old bowman competed against archers from various countries under the Freestyle Unlimited Young Adult Male category. He secured the first position and set a new world record with a score of 900 out of 900.
He said that his passion for archery started in October 2016 when he was attending the “I love the Free State festival” that was held at Emoya Estate where Tempe archery club was exhibiting. “I was attracted to the Tempe archery stall, and I went there, picked up a bow and tried to shoot, and I enjoyed every minute of it. To my surprise, I had done so well on the day that the Tempe archery club chairperson asked me to join the club. In November 2016 my parents bought me a second-hand compound bow, and I never looked back.”
Pelser also said that he started participating in competitions and received the Free State colours in 2017 and 2018, and in July last year, he competed for the first time in the IFAA Indoor archery competition in Welkom and won a gold medal. “In November 2018, the IFAA indoor nationals were held, but I could not attend, as I was busy with my matric exams. Fortunately, I got invited to participate in the world championships in New Zealand due to the gold medal I won in Welkom. I am very happy and honoured that I was able to attend the competition and ultimately won. It is a great honour to know that all my hard work and dedication to the archery spot had paid off. My goal in archery is to qualify as a world champion in all different archery competitions.”
From left: Prof. Henk de Jager, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, CUT Civil Engineering student and Archery Champion, Guillaume Pelser and Ms Nomsa Mosuwe, CUT Council member. Pelser came out tops at the International Field Archery Association (IFAA) indoor world championships held recently in Wellington, New Zealand.
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