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Maun based Lynx Archery Club has embarked on a journey to develop archery sport in Maun and assist members of the community to unleash their talent.
The club was established in 2022 and currently it has four archers, two of them being certified instructors. It is the only club located outside Gaborone and surrounding areas among other existing clubs that include Hogs Academy, Active Generation located in Gaborone and Valley Academy in Lobatse.
In an interview, Club Founder and Instructor Dendo Kaisara said he only found out that there was archery in Botswana through research, after which he decided to move to Maun to grow the sport by giving others an opportunity to access and unleash their talent. He said at first he didn’t know that he was good at the sport until he actually tried it. Kaisara noted that archery comes with different advantages both academically and physically as it is a good sport for people to explore as it does not have age limit.
“There is still more that needs to be done to grow the sport in Botswana, a lot of people don’t even know it exists by far, I don’t know about other clubs but here in Maun there is very little to zero support, we are not going to give up, we are only representing Lnyx but we represent Maun too,” he said.
He said that though their biggest dream is to develop the sport to greater heights, the biggest challenge is that they are facing financial constraints when it comes to purchasing the equipment. He lamented that they buy the equipment from South Africa and the equipment usually gets damaged when they do their training sessions due to the nature of the sport. Kaisara has therefore appealed to the business community to support them as they continue their journey to grow the sport in Maun.
The club has so far made some achievements among them winning about seven medals in different local tournaments. It has already reached out to some of the schools in Maun and so far trained some students at Tsodilo JSS.
Meanwhile, two archers from the club Dendo Kaisara and Ruka Smith are among the Botswana Archery team that have been selected to represent the country at the AGA African Tournament to be held in Namibia next year. The duo has competed with other archers throughout the year and their skills instilled by their instructors got them qualified for the tournament.
According to Kaisara, as a way of preparing for the tournament they are conducting constant training sessions. He stated that they are still looking for a more permanent place to host their training sessions and that it is a work in progress, but their instructors are on their toes to make the best they can for them.