Bermuda archers achieve personal bests in Las Vegas
Bermuda’s archers made their mark competing at The Vegas Shoot last weekend.
The island’s six-member team of Bernard Wade III, Alleyne Weeks, Camerin Pickering, N’Dera Smith, Robin Selley and Jaydon Roberts all impressed in their respective divisions.
Adult archers Pickering, Wade III and Weeks all competed in the Recurve Flights, with Pickering coming out as Bermuda’s top performer after finishing fourteenth in group 1 with a personal best score of 851.
Wade III finished fourteenth in group 3 with a score of 808 and Weeks won group 11 with a score of 570.
Berkeley Institute’s Roberts and CedarBridge Academy’s Smith also held their own in the Recurve Young Adult Male and Female divisions.
Roberts finished sixth of 65 archers in the male category with a personal best score of 572 and Smith finished 65th among the 83-strong female division with a score of 457.
Bermuda High School’s Selley also did the island proud after finishing fifth of 63 archers in the Recurve Youth Female division with a score of 563.
“The coaches were pleased with the overall performance of the team,” said assistant coach Trina Roberts. “With this being our first time attending this event, the archers definitely exceeded our expectations.
“The first day of shooting took some adjusting due to how the event was managed with the placement of targets and the change in sequence of shooting. Once understood they settled in and performed.
“The key highlights is each archer achieved a personal best during this event.”
The distance for all divisions was 20 yards with each round consisting of ten ends, three arrows per end and a time limit of 2 minutes per end with adult archers shooting out of 900 and juniors 600 on various targets with soring areas from 1 to 10.
Adult archers competed over the entire three days of the event at South Point Hotel & Casino on Sunday, while the juniors competed over two days.
“The format of this event was slightly different from other international indoor tournaments we have attended,” Roberts added. “The Flights format of three days of shooting and then breaking up the full group into 11 separate groups for final competitions was something we have never experienced. The decision of the groups depended on their position after two days of shooting.”
The Vegas Shoot is regarded as the largest and most prestigious indoor archery event in the world and Roberts is already looking forward to competing at next year’s event.
“This is a shoot we would return to as the expectation is having a minimum five archers competing in the Championship group next year,” she said.
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