Just after our excursion to the TOP Face to Face tournament in the weekend of 9 and 10 December 1995, where we had gotten so excited that we started practicing every day instead of twice a week, we saw the announcement in in the newsletter of the Dutch archery association (NHB). Student's were informed that from 20-23 March the World University Indoor Archery Championships were to be held in France, closing date for entries: 20 December. 7 Members from Sagittarius entered and the NHB told us that, as far as they were concerned, we could all go. We started making arrangements for the trip , looking forward to the championships.
When we got a copy of the official invitation for the championships,
we should have suspected something was not right when it appeared that
the NHB had already received this invitation on August 25, as it was
stamped as incoming on that date.
Anyway, when things started to come together, Jeroen received a phone call from the NHB. Entering for the championships wasn't exactly as they thought it would be. Each country was only allowed to send 3 archers in each category. As there were eight recurve men who wanted to go, there would have to be a selection match. For the other categories, there were no problems. We would be contacted soon about the details. It was mid January.
About a week later, on a Friday, I got a phone call from the NHB. If we were going to the county championships the next weekend. If so, the scores shot there could count as qualifying scores. As it was the start of the exam period, nobody had even thought about going. That wasn't a problem, we could also organise our own selection match and send in the results. Although somewhat surprised, we agreed. It was much more convenient to shoot 'at home', especially as most of us had a lot of work to do for our exams.
We held the match a week later and even got an official judge to
supervise. The suspense of waiting a week together, with the pressure of
exams was not beneficial for most of us. The result was that only one of
us, Jeroen, qualified.
After coming to terms with the results, we looked at the alternatives: not going or perhaps....... shooting a compound? There were three compound places left. I seriously considered it, but decided against it, as it would mean much more organising and training and thus: time, something I really had not enough of at that moment.
I had been considering another option. As I was born in Brazil, and still hold a Brazilian passport, I thought I might be able to enter as a Brazilian. I hadn't thought of that before because I assumed you could enter representing your University. Anyway, I contacted the organisation in France and explained my situation. They replied that I was very welcome to participate, but that I should be entered by the Brazilian student sport association. By now it was February 15, little more than a month before the championships. I set out to find the fax and phone numbers of the Brazilian association. After a detour through Belgium, where I got the wrong numbers, having my brother e-mailing a friend in Brazil to get the right numbers, and some delay because of Carnival, I finally got through. It took a few long distance faxes and phone calls (I am really concerned about the phone bill), but I finally got the answer I was hoping for: I could go! It was now February 28. After a few faxes more, everything was settled. It had cost me more time than I thought, but it was worth it.
In the mean time, Simon and Dave had been assessing their chances for a compound spot. One spot had been reserved, so now they just needed another one. As I managed to get in late as a Brazilian, it probably would be possible to get another compound entry in for the Dutch team. Dave and Simon decided that it would be ok and, only two weeks before the championships, they went out and rented themselves compounds with the necessary bits and pieces. The rest of the time before the competition, they would spend figuring out how a compound works and tightening the many bolts that came loose.
Preparations for the trip itself were also on the way. Hans Blum, amongst others coach of the Irish archery team, would be the representative for the NHB and make the necessary travel arrangements. I phoned him to make ask if I could travel with the Dutch team to France. This was no problem. With the organisational matters taken care of, we continued to prepare ourselves for the big tournament.
Unfortunately, it wasn't to be a calm preparation. 9 Days before we
would leave, we received a call from Hans Blüm. His mother had been
taken seriously ill to the hospital and it was very unlikely that he
would be able to go to France. We were asked to make the necessary
travel arrangements ourselves. Oh well, there had already been so many
changes of plans, so with this last one we also would cope. Dave
organised a minibus, we set a date and time for departure and tried to
continue with our preparations.
One or two days later we were contacted by the SSWK, the foundation that organises the trips to the various student's world championships for the Dutch student sport association. As there would be quite a large Dutch delegation, they were also sending a representative. This representative would also provide a (cheaper) minibus. This was really to be the last change in plans as there was no more time left for more changes we would be leaving in a few days!
The final composition of the Dutch team was as follows:
Joke Rosier, SSWK representative and Chef d'Equipe
Albert Sanders, Coach from University of Twente
Judith van Oven, University of Twente
Christel Verstegen, Hogeschool Eindhoven
Geert van Berkel, Hogeschool Eindhoven
Robert Erica, University of Utrecht
Jeroen Hasperhoven, University of Twente
Dave Munneke, University of Twente
Simon Oosthoek, University of Twente
'Official' and Men Recurve archer: |
Marcelo Müller, University of Twente