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4 | THE CANBERRA REPORTER | November 2016 SPORTS Bull’s eyes for Australia PINOZ SCORES GOLD TRIFECTA AT OCEANIA ARCHERY GAMES. ADD A SILVER By TITUS FILIO Ang Kalatas HE hit it right on target to earn the honour of wearing the green and gold. Ian Asidera wore the Aussie jersey at the 2016 Oceania Archery Games and won for Australia three gold medals and one silver. It’s a feat for someone who tookarchery originally as a hobby. But the competitive spirit soon drew Ian to become one of a few Filipino-Australians doing well in sports. “I was so happy when I won medals for Australia. I was already very excited when I was included in the Australian team, I thought I’ll get lucky but when I was there (in Tonga) I became more confident and I started winning,” Ian tells AK in a recent interview at the Sydney Olympic Park Archery club where he trains 20 hours per week. “It all started as a hobby. Back in the Philippines I used to do rifle shooting. “When I got here in Australia it was quite tough to get a rifle shooting licence. “So four years ago, I thought I’d probably try archery, I made a decision to find me an individual sport and someone pointed me to the Sydney Olympic park archers which is now my current club. ” From rifle and hunting guns to bow nd arrows, Ian definitely can spot the bullseye. While training at the club, SOPA head coach Ricci Cheah took notice of Ian’s potentials and pushed him to seriously consider training for the sport. SOPA has one of the best facilities for coaching in Australia. IAN ASIDERA: Going for gold for Australia at Oceania Games. Ian took the qualifying rounds in February and began topping the local scoresheets. Soon he was included in the Australian team for the 2016 Oceania Championships held in Tonga last April. PICTURE FEATURE Ian’s haul in his first international outing were three gold medals (Commonwealth championships, Oceania Championships, Mixed Match play) and a silver (Oceania 1440). “You need to be committed but if you love what you do you won’t even notice the hours spent on training. I have loved archery so sometimes I don’t even notice the long hours with my bow and arrow – this is really fun for me, I really enjoy this sport,” says Ian. Ian is aiming to compete in the Masters to be held in Auckland, New Zealand next year. “Basta pagsisikapan ko po, sana tuloy-tuloy na ito,” says Ian. At the SOPA field, he patiently shoots his arrows to hit the mark fifty metres away. He loads, pulls, aims and releases and the arrows. It’s a routine he does on and on under the sun. Ian migrated to Australia eight years ago. He currently works as a nurse, having moved from from his IT work in the Philippines. n ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS SPARKLING IN CANBERRA ALL OVER AGAIN, AND PINOZ OF ALL AGES CAME TO TAKE IN THE VIEWS. Rain or sun, crowds flock to Floriade By KYM KUNZE Story and pictures many trying to get that perfect selfie for Facebook or Instagram. SPRING has sprung in At first glance, it appeared Canberra, and the annual that there were less flower floral festival Floriade transformed Commonwealth Park beds than last year on display, but this was only because the (pictures at left) again into a gardens beds had been decolourful burst of a million signed differently and placed flowers in October. in different locations around This year, Floriade paid tribthe park. ute to the beauty of gardening This year’s design, however, and botanics. left a few visitors disappointAnd despite the recent rained even though there were fall, the wet weather did not more than 100 different types stop crowds from visiting and of tulips nestled among a enjoying the event on openmillion bulbs and annuals in ing day, Labour Day, October more than 17 feature gardens. 3, 2016. There was plenty of shelThe day set out to be wet and ter, food venues, music, and gloomy, but the sun came out children activities to enjoy and sunshine prevailed. while strolling among various Crowds still flocked to see displays of tulips and poppies the spectacular floral array spread all over the garden and sculptures on display, beds. n Y CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER Y