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Lance Ho aims to compete in 2016 Olympic Games

Date Released: Fri, 26 October 2012 14:02 +0200

A member of the record-breaking archery club, Lance Ho, was awarded Sportsman of the Year at the Rhodes Sports Awards on 19 October. The event aims to showcase the best Rhodes sports players and clubs.

In the beginning of 2012, Ho’s talent was recognised by the Eastern Cape Province, when he was awarded provincial colours for archery, followed shortly by National Colours for coaching archery. His coaching career began shortly after the passing away of the Rhodes coach, Dave Wallace.

He shortly won the staff coach of the year award for coaching the Archery Club and has gone on to coach  the Eastern Cape Province. He was later selected to coach the South African team at the Paralympic Games held in London in July 2012. “I was honoured to represent my country and my university overseas,” he said.

He had not always intended to be a university student, however, he was offered a bursary by Rhodes University. “I was offered a full bursary for my first year,” he said. “They [Rhodes] only give out two per year. If I didn’t get that, I would have tried archery full-time.”

Ho is currently studying masters in Biotechnology, which he says is difficult to balance with his sport career. “Basically, I can’t have a favourite. I focus on both equally,” he said.

He was surprised to be awarded the Sportsman of the Year award. “There were several other great candidates,” he said. “I’m very happy to have won against them, although it wasn’t expected. This is a great stepping stone for me.”

Other than studying and coaching, Ho found the time to set a Guinness World Record with the Archery Club this year: a group of archers fired arrows at targets for 36 hours straight, without ever missing one.

This broke the previous world record of 27 hours, set by Ho in 2008. Speaking of the other members of the Archery Club, Ho said that “some of them do better than I do, which is great. It’s good for them and it’s good for me.”

Once he’s finished his degree, Ho plans on taking a gap year to focus solely on his archery. “I’ve always been doing something else with my time,” he said. “I’d love to see what my full potential is.”

At 23 years old, he is reaching the physical peak of an archer and would love to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games. After that, coaching is on the cards. There are many years ahead in the archery career for Ho.

By Matthew Kynaston