There’s a new star in Israeli, and world, archery! Shamai Yamron, a 14-year-old archer and a student at the Society for Advancement of Education’s Re’ut High School i n Jerusalem, won two gold medals at the prestigious Lancaster Classic, held in Pennsylania in late January.
Accompanied by his grandfather who lives in the United States, Shamai flew to the U.S. in late January for the unique format competition with the cash prizes that attract the best archers in the world.
Competing in the under 18 Youth Open Category, Shamai, one of the younger archers in the 98-competitor field, displayed a high level of consistency and composure throughout the multi-day competition.
In the 60 arrow elimination round he scored 640 out of a possible 660 to advance to the round of 32. Shamai then defeated three opponents in match play to reach the semi-finalists ranked 4th. He then won three more 12 arrow matches, with two, including the championship, ending in draws and requiring three extra arrows to determine the winner.
In addition to the Lancaster Classic title, Shamai also won a title in the Easton Trophy Cup side competition for youth and college teams. Competing against 40 archers in the 13-14 year old bracket Shamai won the gold medal with 640 points in the competition, completing a golden doubleforthetournament.
Shamai has made significant progress over the past year and is considered a rare talent. He trains at the Maccabi Rishon Lezion Association under coach Jonathan Melamed and is also under the eyes of varsity coach Guy Metzkin. He recently broke Israel’s record for alumni in the Fighters’ House Championship by 11 points, scoring 589 out of 600 points.
A pluralistic community school, Re’ut was established in 1999 by pedagogic visionary Dr. Aryeh Geiger (z”l) under the banner of Jewish learning, social action and mutual respect. Students and teachers come from all streams of Judaism and respect and have an appreciation of the history and traditions of the different Jewish streams. Re’ut opened a world of possibilities for Israel’s youngest citizens and for a new breed of educators committed to reducing social and educational polarization. Reut is actively involved in supporting the community.