SEA Games: Archer Keeps Success All in the Family
I Gusti Nyoman Puruhito Praditya Jati did his family of archers proud with another gold medal on Wednesday.?(JG Photo/Jurnasyanto Sukarno)
Though it’s not necessarily a guarantee of success, being part of a family that shares the same interest can help an athlete. It certainly did for I Gusti Nyoman Puruhito Praditya Jati.
The Indonesian archer, known as Adit, defended his Southeast Asian Games gold medals in the men’s individual compound event on Wednesday.
Adit beat Filipino opponent Earl Benjamin Jancito Yap 144-141 in a nerve-jangling contest at Senayan archery range to earn his compound individual gold hat-trick after first winning it at the 2007 Games in Thailand.
“That was close, but I always believed that I could win this,” said the 26-year-old, who got a big hug from his mother Endah Sulistyorini after his last arrow hit the target. “I could never have done this if not for [my mother].”
Endah is not just Adit’s mother for him. She is a former national-team archer who now serves as the team’s coach and his personal trainer.
In addition, his father IGN Budiana is the national archery team manager, while sister IG Ayu Putu Wulan and brother IGM Said Prayuda are also former national-team archers.
Adit said the most important thing for an archer besides skill and technique was self-confidence. As part of a family of archers, he has all the support he needs to keep up that confidence.
“They have been my biggest supporters,” Adit said. “They have been beside me all the way, so I feel confident in every match.”
A proud Endah did not hide her joy over Adit’s achievement.
“He’s the one who always wanted to be a professional archer. He even used his own money to buy equipment such as bow and arrows, which don’t come cheap,” she said. “We’re really proud of him.”
Adit has his eyes on another gold medal today. He will compete in the team compound event with Kuswantoro and Catur Wuri. “His victory will give the team more confidence. I hope they can finish with another gold,” Endah said.
Adit’s gold was Indonesia’s second in archery after Erwina Safitri won the women’s individual recurve on Tuesday.
News source: The Jakarta Globe