USA’s NFAAF to host World Youth Championships in Yankton in 2015

The bid, submitted by the National Field Archery Association Foundation, met all the Executive Board’s stringent criteria, designed to select the most suitable host for a World Archery Youth Championships.

The South Dakota-situated venue impressed the group enough that they voted unanimously in favour of the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Centre as hosts of the 2015 event, to run from 8-14 June. Mexico City was among the other locations considered.

An estimated 600 competitors from 60 countries are expected at the event, supported by a similar number of team management and family. The tournament schedule will include an official practice period, three days of qualification and eliminations – and two days of spectator finals.

Juan-Carlos HOLGADO, 1992 Olympic team gold medallist and World Archery’s Event Director was impressed by the venue. “This is a fantastic facility, fit for an international event,” he said. “It’s one of the best archery centre’s I’ve seen, and the two outdoor Olympic archery ranges mean it’s got the capacity to welcome the high number of young archers that compete at the youth world championships.”

Beautifully located in the Great Plains of the United States, the venue, the City of Yankton and State of South Dakota have the infrastructure needed to support the Tournament. “Everything is in close proximity, the venue’s very safe for young archers and Yankton 2015 should prove to be an excellent event,” Juan-Carlos concluded.

The NFAA Easton Archery Centre in Yankton was one of the first Easton Centres to be built, and is a Partner centre of the Easton Foundation as well as home to the National Field Archery Association headquarters.

National Field Archery Association President Mr Bruce CULL said: “As the home of the NFAA, Yankton is a centrepiece for archery in the United States. By bringing the young generation of international archers to the Centre, we not only have the chance to give them a great event but display our world-class venue and City to competitors from around the globe.”

World Archery Secretary General Mr Tom DIELEN said: “Yankton 2015 is the next in a series of World Archery events we’ve successfully partnered with the National Field Archery Association Foundation board and staff to deliver. Bruce CULL and his team stage the popular and growing final of the Indoor Archery World Cup at their Las Vegas Shoot, and held the 2012 World Archery Indoor Championships in the same city. I’m wholly confident that these 2015 youth championships will run to the same high level, in one of the most impressive archery facilities in the world.”

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