8 November COVID-19 Update: Vaccinations

NSW Office Of Sport Update 5 November, 2021

The Public Health (COVID-19 General) Amendment Order (No 8) 2021 has been published this afternoon, outlining changes to the rules which will come into effect from Monday 8 November 2021.

Amendment relating to the sport and recreation sector are detailed below. These amendments only apply to fully vaccinated adults, children under 16 years of age, and people with an approved medical contraindication certificate.

Those who are not fully vaccinated must still abide by pre-roadmap restrictions until the State reaches the 95 per cent double vaccination target, or 15 December, whichever happens first.

Indoor Recreation Facility Capacity

  • Clause 2.3 has been amended to enable a maximum capacity of 1 person per 2 square metres.
Outdoor Gatherings (including community sport)
Clause 2.12 has been amended to permit the following:
  • An outdoor public gathering of up to 1,000 people, provided there is space to accommodate 1 person per 2 square metres.
    • An outdoor public gathering does not require a COVID-19 Safety Plan and the associated requirements.
    • As noted above, only fully vaccinated adults, children under 16 years of age, and people with an approved medical contraindication certificate are permitted to attend.
  • COVID-19 safe outdoor public gathering, with a maximum capacity of 1 person per 2 square metres.
    • COVID-19 safe outdoor public gathering required the organiser to have and implement an Outdoor events COVID-19 Safety Plan.
    • There is no upper limit to capacity beyond the 1 person per 2 square metres.
    • As noted above, only fully vaccinated adults, children under 16 years of age, and people with an approved medical contraindication certificate are permitted to attend.
Indoor Pools
  • Part 2, Division 2 has now been replaced in its entirety, removing the requirements for indoor pools to only be open to conduct swimming classes, lap swimming, squad training or rehabilitation activities.
  • This means that indoor pools are now able to open for any purpose, subject to a maximum capacity of 1 person per 2 square metres.
Major Recreation Facilities
Clause 2.7 has been amended to permit the following:
  • Indoor major recreation facilities and entertainment facilities - the greater of 100% of fixed seating capacity or 1 person per 2 square metres
  • Outdoor major recreation facilities – the greater of:
    • 100% fixed seating capacity and 1 person per 2 square metres of any unfixed seating areas,
    • 1 person per 2 square metres.

COVID-19 Update: Community Sport To Return

NSW Office Of Sport Update Wednesday 20 October, 2021

The NSW Government has released the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Amendment Order (No 3) 2021. This amendment relates to outdoor community sport and recreation activities.

The amendment outlines the following changes to the maximum gathering size for outdoor community sport gatherings:
  • Clause 2.12 (1) (b1) enables a COVID-19 safe outdoor public gathering for a community sporting activity to be the lesser of 1,000 persons or 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • All people attending the gathering must be:
    • Fully vaccinated; or
    • under 16 years of age; or
    • have been issued with a medical contraindication certificate compliant with the Order
  • The activity organiser must have a 'community sport' COVID-19 Safety Plan. Please note the Office understands this is a new category of plan which will be uploaded in the NSW Government COVID-19 Safety Plan webpage.
The Office of Sport has clarified with NSW Health that outdoor community sport gatherings includes training and competition activities, and outdoor active recreation activities.

This amendment acknowledges the need for a larger gathering size to enable some community sport activities to recommence, while taking into account the significant number of children that participate in community sport and are not yet fully vaccinated. It is anticipated this gathering limit will remain in place until at least 1 December 2021.

New COVID-19 Safety Plan for outdoor community sport
In line with the amendment, the Office has been advised a new COVID-19 Safety Plan for outdoor community sport will be released.

This plan will reflect the outdoor gathering size being changed to 1,000 persons or 1 per 2 square metres, and will also have language which better reflects the nature of community sport, including the role of volunteers. The plan is available via the NSW Government COVID-19 Safety Plan webpage and the Office of Sport will make a link available on its COVID-19 webpage once published.

COVID-19 Update: Clubs can reopen

NSW Office Of Sport Update Friday 8 October, 2021

Following announcements over the past 48 hours regarding changes to restrictions from Monday 11 October 2021, the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Amendment (No 1) Order 2021 has now been published.

The Office of Sport will continue to liaise with NSW Health regarding the roadmap and changes to restrictions that govern the sport and recreation sector.

Further advice will be provided to the sector should amendments to the PHO be made over the weekend.

Relevant for the sport and recreation sector are the following items:

Outdoor Sport and Exercise Gatherings Sizes remains at 20 people

  • The limits for outdoor sport and exercise gatherings (Clause 2.13) remains at 20 fully vaccinated people (or children under 16 years of age).
Indoor Pools
  • Clause 2.2. has been amended to allow indoor pools to conduct swimming classes, lap swimming, squad training or rehabilitation activities only.
Entering or leaving Greater Sydney
  • Clause 6.5A has been added, stating that a person must not enter or leave Greater Sydney without a reasonable excuse. Under Clause 6.5A(2)b), this clarifies that exercise or outdoor recreation does not classify as a reasonable excuse.
  • Clause 6.6 has been amended to state that people cannot travel outside of Greater Sydney for a holiday or to undertake recreation.
Vaccination requirements for regional workers
  • Clause 2.18 (4A) has been added to enable a person that lives outside Greater Sydney, Central Coast Wollongong and Shellharbour LGAs to work at a premises detailed in Clause 2.18 if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • This clause expires on 1 November 2021 (i.e. worker will need to be fully vaccinated from 1 November onwards).
Other Information – Vaccination Compliance
We have received numerous requests seeking information and guidance about the enforcement of vaccination compliance.

The Department of Customer Service has a dedicated page outlining information for businesses and organisations:

Of note, the following advice on the website may assist clubs and associations about what to do if a person attending their gathering refuses to provide proof of vaccination:

Can businesses force an unvaccinated customer to leave the premises?
There are public health orders in place that require a person to be vaccinated in certain indoor areas and public outdoor gatherings in NSW, unless an exemption applies.
If the occupier of the premises believes that a person does not have a valid exemption, the occupier can ask the person to leave the premises. If the person refuses, the occupier of the premises can notify the police.

October COVID Update: Pathway Out Of Lockdown

NSW Office Of Sport Update Monday 4 October, 2021

The NSW Government has released additional information regarding the roadmap as the State reaches the 70% and 80% double vaccination targets.

This information is now available on the NSW Government COVID-19 website and in a downloadable via the links below.

Young female archery shooting

When NSW reaches 80% full vaccination

From the Monday after NSW hits the 80% (aged 16 and over) double-dose vaccination target, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to participate in community sport including archery. Clubs should prepare to reopen soon after this date, where possible.

Youth Newsletter September 2021

The first Youth Newsletter is now available! Catch up on the Archery NSW news here.

This newsletter includes:

  • Pizza Night Success
  • Meet Your New Youth Coordinator
  • Youth Series Information
  • Tee Shirt Design Competition
  • Youth Competition
  • Scoop with Ella-rose Carson
  • Interview with Alyssa Mollema

Australian Masters Games Postponed to 23-30 April 2022

In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the 2021 Australian Masters Games which were due to be held from 9-16 October 2021 will be postponed until 23-30 April 2022.

Australian Masters Image

This has been a difficult decision however, the health and safety of our competitors, officials and volunteers is our key priority.
The decision to postpone has been made in consultation with key stakeholders including the Confederation of Australian Sport and the Western Australian State Government through Tourism Western Australia, and careful consideration has been given to how we can deliver the best event possible to our passionate Australian masters sport community.
We will be in direct contact with those who have already registered via email regarding the postponement. Participants who are no longer able to attend the Games will be eligible for a full refund of their registration fees and the administration fee will be waived.
The 2021 Australian Masters Games team remains excited to bring the Games to Perth for the first time since 1993, and continues to look forward to getting active, social, and adventurous with participants in 2022.
We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during these challenging times.

August 2021 Newsletter

The August Newsletter is now available! Catch up on the Archery NSW news here.

This newsletter includes:

  • Update on 2021 State Tournaments
  • Youth Championships Update
  • New Clubs
  • Elite Awards
  • Membership Extension

August COVID-19 Update For NSW Clubs

NSW Office Of Sport Update 

Thursday 19 August 2021 - extension of stay-at-home restrictions for Regional NSW

Due to ongoing concerns about community transmission, the NSW Government has announced that stay-at-home orders in place for regional NSW will be extended until at least 12.01am on 28 August, in line with existing orders for the Greater Sydney area.

Doctor holding surgical mask

Regional NSW

To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions will be introduced for all of regional NSW, effective from 5pm, Saturday 14 August 2021 until 12.01am Saturday 28 August 2021.

Stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in regional NSW.

This means the whole of New South Wales will be under stay at home restrictions.

This new order will replace any existing orders in regional NSW.

Greater Sydney

  • The current stay at home restrictions will remain in Greater Sydney until the end of September.
  • From 12.01am Monday, 23 August, the following additional rule will also be introduced for Greater Sydney (including regional NSW until 28 August):
    • Mask wearing will be mandatory when outside your home, except when exercising.

Additional rules for the LGAs of concern

From 12.01am Monday, 23 August the following additional rules will apply for residents and businesses in the LGAs of concern:

  • Curfews will be introduced from 9pm to 5am (except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care) to help reduce the movement of young people;
  • Outdoor exercise is limited to one hour per day;
  • The government will provide further information on its education plan in due course.
The following new restrictions around workplaces and authorised workers from the LGAs of concern will be introduced:
  • Childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by 30 August;
  • Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their work-site or they have had their first vaccination dose by 30 August.
  • From Saturday, 28 August, authorised workers from the LGAs of concern are required to carry a permit from Service NSW declaring that they are an authorised worker and cannot work from home; and
  • From Saturday, 28 August, anyone entering an LGA of concern for the purposes of work must carry a worker permit issued by Service NSW.
  • From 12.01am Monday, 23 August, workers from the Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Fairfield LGAs will no longer have to have been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours to work outside their LGA.
We appreciate that organisations are awaiting advice about restrictions in regional NSW beyond 28 August. This information will be communicated once announced by the NSW Government.

NSW Archer’s Results At The 2021 Australian Open

NSW club, Sydney Olympic Park Archers hosted the 2021 Australian Open on 20-23 May. It’s was a fantastic few days of archery with the country’s top shooters battling it out.

Sydney Olympic Park Archers hosted the events on their grounds, the very same range where the Sydney 2000 Olympic archery competition was held and where Simon Fairweather (Australian archer) won gold.

With little wind across the four-day event, it made for some top quality shooting and exciting matches. The barebow event along with the mixed team matchplay added another element to this year’s event and went off very well.

The grounds looked impeccable and we thank all SOPA, the hardworking volunteers and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority for getting it in such great condition.

We would also like to all the officials, volunteers, organizing committee Members, sponsors for making it such a fantastic event.

2021 Australian Open from above (drone footage) at Sydney Olympic Park Archers

Compound Results

 Male Individual Compound 

3rd –  Jonathon Milne (NSW)

Female Individual Compound

1st – Ameera Christina Lee (NSW)

Mixed Team Compound 
3rd –  Jonathon Milne (NSW) & Ameera Lee (NSW)

 Female Team Compound

2nd – Katrina Robinson (NSW), Ameera Christina Lee (NSW) & Alyssa Mollema (NSW)
3rd – Amber Cook (NSW), Kerry Heath (NSW) and Maria Wright (NSW)

Male Team Compound 

2nd – Matt McDougall, Jonathon Milne (NSW)and Danie Oosthuizen
3rd –   Garry Robinson (NSW), Sho Shim (NSW) and Mitchell Campbell (NSW)

Recurve Results

Male Individual Recurve 

1st – Peter Boukouvalas (NSW)

Female Team Recurve

1st – Sarah Haywood, Ammrutha Vashetharan (NSW) & Kim Lavender (NSW)
2nd – Alice Ingley, Laura Paeglis & Melissa Spinocchia (NSW)

Barebow Results

Male Individual
2nd – Michael Fisher (NSW)

Mixed Team
1st – Mark Bartlett and Elizabeth Hole (NSW)
2nd – Michael Fisher (NSW) & Marianne Rieckmann

Male Team
1st – Michael Fisher (NSW), Mark Bartlett & John Deer
3rd – Peter Nelson-Furnell, Ross Gooding & Gregory Whiley (NSW)

 Female Team
1st – Elizabeth Hole (NSW), Marianne Rieckmann & Debbie Tremelling
2nd – Cristen George  (NSW), Kathryn Kiefhaber (NSW) & Emma-Lucille Blayney (NSW)
3rd – Donna Hurnall (NSW), Karen Deer (NSW) & Trudy Scott

COVID-19 continues to impact our clubs. For current NSW COVID-19 restrictions please visit the NSW Government website.