Major Archery Tournament in Mercury Bay 30 October 2012 Competitive archers from around the Pacific will be descending on Whitianga to compete in the Commonwealth Continental Championships and Oceania Continental Championships next week. Up to 40 athletes and officials from Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Tahiti are participating in the championships at the Whitianga Waterways Arena from Tuesday 06 November, through to Friday 09 November. An opening ceremony is being held at the Whitianga Waterways Complex on Tuesday evening from 5.30pm till 7.00pm which media are invited to attend. There’ll be an official powhiri from iwi and a blessing by community leaders. This is also a chance for athletes to meet and mingle with locals. The ceremony has been organised with help from our Council, Sport Waikato, Whitianga Waterways Ltd and Mercury Bay Archery Club. Competition begins at the Waterways Arena grounds off State Highway 25 on Wednesday morning with medal matches taking place on the Friday. “Friday will be the best day for spectators as this is when the finals are held and competition heats up as athletes go head to head, country against country,” explains President of Mercury Bay Archery Club and Convenor of the Athletes Commission Karen Moffatt-McLeod. “We’ve arranged a coffee cart and snacks for anyone who wants to come down and see the athletes in action,” says Mrs Moffatt-McLeod. “There’ll also be a compere who’ll be on a loud speaker explaining to the public how competition is run.” The medal ceremony will be held on Saturday night at The Lost Spring in Whitianga, with specials guests Sir Michael Fay and Lady Sarah Fay. In January 2013 up to 150 Archers from New Zealand, Oceania as well as the UK, USA, Europe & South Africa will be in Whitianga to compete in the New Zealand National Archery Championships & Open." National Championships aim to cater for all archers regardless of skill level and it's hoped as many archers as possible attend to enjoy the fun, friendship and competition. "Many of these competitors will be bringing family and friends and there will also be a team of officials and volunteers running the event, so there is a strong captured market for any sponsors and advertisers. We are also inviting members of the Bow Hunters Association and the NZFAA (NZ Field Archers Association) to join us," she says. "We want to make both these events successful and memorable for all concerned so that we have the opportunity to host more events of this level in the future." For more information about the event contact Karen Moffatt-McLeod on 021 843 860 or email www.mercurybayarchers.co.nz Below is a selection of athlete profiles competing in next week’s Championships. NEW ZEALAND Rob PetersonCurrent world ranking 1552012 NZ National Championships 1st Match Play2012 NZ National Championships 1st Target2012 NZ National Championships 1st Field2011 NZ National Championships 1st Match Play2011 NZ National Championships 2nd Target2011 NZ National Championships 2nd Field S2010 NZ National Championships 1st Match Play2010 NZ National Championships 1st Target2010 NZ National Championships 1st Field Barbara Scott2012 NZ Open record for Fita 7202011 Taranaki Masters Sportsperson of the year2009 Australian Open 2nd Liz Ellery2012 Hoyt Easton Australian Open competitor2011 NZ National Overall Champion2009 NZ National Outdoor Overall Champion Anne Mitchell2012 New Zealand Nationals. Target 2nd, Match Play 5th, Field 2nd2012 World Archery Field Championships, France. 18th2011 World Archery Championships, Italy. Competitor2011 Archery World Cup Stage 4, China. Competitor2011 New Zealand Nationals Target 2nd, Match play 5th, Field 2nd2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India2009 Archery World Cup Stage 2 Turkey2009, Archery World Cup Stage 4 China2009 Archery World Cup Stage 1, Croatia2009 Archery World Cup Stage 2, Turkey2009 Archery World Cup Stage 3, USA2009 Archery World Cup Stage 4, China2008 Archery World Cup Stage 2 China2006 Oceania Match play Champion, Target 2nd AUSTRALIA Callum Ingley2012 Australian Nationals Field. Second place2012 New Zealand National Championships2011 Australian Nationals Field. First place2011 World Cup 4 Shanghai2011 New Zealand National Championships2010 WA Cup Final. First place2010 Asian Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur. 1st2010 Trans-Tasman Sherry Gale2011 Australian Open Compound. Team Silver2010 Australian Open Compound. Team Gold2010 Australian National Championships All Round Champion2010 Australian National Championships. 1st Target2010 Australian National Championships. 3rd Target2006 Commonwealth Games, India. Competitor Karina Marshall2012 Las Vegas Indoor Archery Festival. 2nd2012 Australian Open. 3rd2011 Australian National Indoor Champion2011 Australian Outdoor Target Champion2011 Australian Open. 1st Marcus Anear2012 IFAA State Indoor Championships. 1st2011 IFAA World Indoor Postal. 1st2010 IFAA World Indoor Postal. 1st Derek JacobsWorld Ranking: 352012 Archery World Cup, Stage One. Competitor2012 Archery World Cup, Stage Two. Competitor2012 Archery World Cup, Stage Three. Competitor2011 Archery World Cup, Stage One. Competitor2011 Archery World Cup, Stage Two. Competitor2011 Archery World Cup, Stage One. Competitor.2011 Archery World Cup, Stage One. Competitor.