In collaboration with Olympic Solidarity (OS), Global Sports Development and other partners, the project aims to further assist archers through training camps before major events. The archers and their coaches receive technical expertise from renowned experts to further improve their skills and knowledge.
The first training camp took place in Campinas, Brazil for the Americas from 5-14 September 2013, thanks to the financial support of the concerned National Olympic Committees, OS and CBTARCO. Afterwards, some of the teams participated at the World Youth Championships in Wuxi, China to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games 2014 and some great results were achieved.
Ignacio Ariel ESCALANTE OSORIO (ARG) and Marcus Vinicius DALMEIDA (BRA) (photo) both won a spot for their countries for the 2014 YOG showing their excellent progress. Additionally, Francisco RODRIGUEZ SAS (ARG), Erney ALFONSO (CUB), Isabella BERGATIN (BRA), Maria Isabel RESTREPO (COL) and Rosangel SAINZ (CUB) obtained excellent results and showed considerable progress.
Richard PRIESTMAN, WA Development Agent, who conducted the camp in Brazil, said: "It is a great opportunity to have put in place such a project and to work closely with archers from the Americas. I am convinced that it will contribute to the enhancement of the archers both technically and physically worldwide".
The upcoming training camps will take place before the continental championships and qualifying events. Additionally, in some special cases, training services will be given to teams at the WA Bangkok Training Centre.
WA is pleased to assist the archers with the best training expertise and infrastructure to hopefully achieve their ultimate goal; participate at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
WA would like to thank all parties involved for supporting the development of archery worldwide.
World Archery Development Department