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Local archers aim high at world tournaments1 min read

May 11, 2023 2 min

Local archers aim high at world tournaments1 min read

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Local archers, Jaeda Alaalatoa-Dale and Audrey Rossolatos were part of the New Zealand Archery Team (photos supplied)

Two young local archers aimed high and hit their targets when they competed in two back-to-back archery tournaments in Australia.

The archers, Jaeda Alaalatoa-Dale from Māngere Bridge, and Audrey Rossolatos from Onehunga, quivered with excitement when they were named in the New Zealand Archery Team to compete in Adelaide. They shot in two back-to-back tournaments, where they made their mark on the target boards – several times over!

The competitions, The Trans-Tasman Challenge (for archers under the age of 21) and the World Archery Oceania Tournament (for archers of all ages) were held consecutively during the April holidays, and the girls were chosen to take part in both.

Jaeda and Audrey are thrilled to be a part of the national team, as New Zealand hit the bullseye and came home as the winners of the Trans-Tasman Challenge.

Audrey has been shooting for the past six years and was part of the under-18 women’s division. She won silver in ranking and mixed teams, and gold in individual matchplay for the world tournament. In the challenge, she won silver in the individual matchplay and gold in the under-18 female target.

Jaeda has been shooting for three-and-a-half years and was part of the under-16 division. She ended fourth in ranking, won bronze in individual matchplay and gold in mixed teams in the world tournament.

In the challenge, Jaeda won bronze in individual matchplay, silver in teams of two and gold in teams of three.

Both girls attend Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, and are a part of the school’s archery team, which is coached by Audrey’s dad, George.