Topics of Discussion for Committee Meetings

What are you talking about in your committee meetings at your club?

Is there a clear purpose behind your discussions? Do you find that the conversation drags on with no result?

Volunteers have a limited amount of time to discuss club matters, so when a committee meeting is called, it's critical that you discuss key points impacting the club in the scarce time available. If you're wondering what the key areas of focus are for your next meeting, here are ou

  • setting the clubs goals and objectives
  • identifying volunteers to assist with specific tasks
  • reviewing plans
  • monitoring progress
  • proactively managing the resources of the club
  • continually seeking to identify, manage and minimise risks
  • communicating, communicating and communicating

Fore more information about how you should structure your meetings see our Sports Community website for loads of information, to ensure you are successful in your role!

Ross Herron Shield 2022

Ross Herron Memorial Shield

The memorial shield was first awarded in 1998 to acknowledge the best performing club.

Each time a member competes in a division within a competition event, as per the A.A. Rules. 3 points are awarded for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd places in all events registered with Archery Australia through AcheryNSW
as Tournaments, approved and listed on the NSW Calandar of events (excluding National Championship events).

Current results (From 1 January to 31 March 2022)

  • Sydney Olympic Park Archers. Points: 74
  • Liverpool City Archers. Points: 24
  • Warringah Archers. Points: 21
  • Coast Archers. Points: 19
  • Armidale Archers. Points: 13
  • Sawtell Archers. Points: 9
  • Northern Archers. Points: 8
  • Illawarra Archers. Points: 6
  • Penrith City Archers. Points: 3
  • Sydney Uni. Points: 3
  • Newcastle City Archers. Points: 1

State Field Perpetual Trophies 2022

Perpetual Trophy for Outright winners awarded to the archer who has obtained the highest score at the State Field Championships in the following disciplines from the red peg.

State Field Championships

Date: 16 & 17 April 2022

Host: Armidale Field Archers


Female Recurve: Ella-Rose Carson (Armidale Archers). Score: 618 points

Male Recurve: Nicholas Kyriazis (Northern Archers). Score: 682 points

Male Compound: Dennis Carson (Armidale Archers). Score: 780 points

Female Compound: Alyssa Mollema (Warringah Archers). Score: 708 points

2022 Oceania Challenge

A group of youth archers at a competition getting ready to shoot

The Oceania Challenge is an online tournament to engage our Member Associations in competitive shooting.It is open to members of all current financial WAO Member Associations. Members who study or work in a country other than their own may compete for their home country, as long as they hold a passport for their country or are affiliated with their country.

The competition will be shot on individual club grounds, there is no need to organise a national event. However, if it is feasible MAs may do so and use this as their national championships, if no other event has been organised.

Each host club chooses one or more suitable dates during the months of May/June 2022. Participants may compete more than once but only one result may be submitted.

For all rounds archers will shoot 5 ends of 6 arrows at each of the three distances on a 122cm face. Each end takes 4 minutes = 40 seconds per arrow.

  • Short Round (for people shooting Recurve, Compound or Barebow who have been in
    archery for 12 months or less or have never shot further than 40m):
  • Modified WA 900 Round: 30 arrows shot from each of the 40m, 30m, 20m distances on
    a 122cm target face. Also known as Junior Canberra Round.
  • Barebow Round (for everybody else shooting Barebow):
  • Barebow WA 900 Round: 30 arrows shot from each of the 50m, 40m, 30m distances on
    a 122cm target face. Also known as Short Canberra Round.
  • Long Round (for everybody else shooting Recurve and Compound):WA 900 Round: 30 arrows shot from each of the 60m, 50m, 40m distances on a 122cm
    target face. Also known as Canberra Round.

This is based on an honour system, and we expect participants to enter the round that applies for them. Clubs are expected to check that their members have enteres the correct round.


  • Under 18s (born in 2005 or later): male/female – Recurve, Compound, Barebow
  • Under 21s (born in 2002, 2003, 2004): male/female – Recurve, Compound, Barebow
  • Open (born in 2001 or earlier): male/female – Recurve, Compound, Barebow

WAO will not charge individual entrants or Member Associations, however individual clubs may charge a nominal entry fee to cover the cost of target faces.

Certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Method for registration and submission of results:

  • There is no pre-registration with WAO required.
  • Scoring can either be done electronically or on paper (scoresheet attached).
  • Individual clubs will send their results to their national federation.
  • Each MA will collate these results and record the scores on the spreadsheet that has been provided by WAO
  • After the end of June each MA will forward their scores to the WAO Secretary General to be collated to determine the placings in each category. Scores must be submitted by 5pm NZL time on Friday 15 July 2022 to be included.

If you are requiring any other assistance please contact Patsy Vercoe WAO secretary General

2022 Uniforms Survey

We are please to launch the new designs for the Archery NSW State Uniforms.
This time we will be making the uniforms available to all ANSW members to purchase with Selected State Team Members being provided a badge to wear on the sleeve that features the Approved NSW State Emblem. The Uniform consists of Shirts, Jackets/Vests, Caps, Hats and Visors and will be the uniform for the next four years.
In order to help us gauge what items members are likely to order and colour preferences. We have an online survey that we invite our members to take part in.
The survey will close on Saturday 9 April.

New Level 1 Coaches

We are excited to announce that Archery NSW has 4 new qualified Level 1 Coaches.

After attending a Level 1 Coaching Course on Friday 25th March at Sports House in Sydney Olympic Park, the following people are now qualified:

  • Sydney Olympic Park Archers: Tracey Hansford  and Laura Trezise
  • Liverpool City Archers: Peter Velloff
  • Illawarra/Shoalhaven: Melissa-Ann Dunn

Youth Series Leaderboard

A group of youth archers at a competition getting ready to shoot

The youth series uses a weighted handicap system with a fairly complex formula which is designed to even out the playing field.

The first round results were based on everyone’s floating rating (handicap) for target which is either based on your last 12 months or up to your last 10 shoots. We had to use target ratings, because for some that had never shot field archery before, they would have a massive handicap, hence why we used target ratings which everyone had.

We had read out the results at the event, after heavily scrutinising the formula to make sure it was accurate, some placings may have changed from those that were announced. Archers that shoot well above their rating will of course place higher and that is something to strive for.
And those that had a large handicap who shot well over their rating may not have such a large lead next time because ratings can increase!
The youth series works on a points system. For every event that you take part in, your placing will earn you points. These points will be added together and at the end of the year will determine who the top three in each division are!
We also made a decision based on the first round that the end trophy will not be a male/female trophy because out of some of the age classes, the girls did better than the boys! However there is a clear delineation between compound and recurve archers. So the final trophies will be 1st place Compound and first place Recurve.
We would also like to stress that the youth series is a friendly competition. It isn’t just about winning, it is about taking part, engaging in the spirit of competing, being sportsmanlike, trying new archery disciplines, making friends, hanging out with friends, and enjoying archery as a sport.

I would encourage all youth archers archers to take part in the series and I would like to thank Kelvin Heath, Vice President Membership, Archery NSW for writing the spreadsheet to enable us to correctly calculate the result.

Download current leaderboard here


Talent Identification Day AARDP (NSW)

Date: Sunday 13 February 2022

Location: Sydney Olympic Park Archers

A Talent Identification Day is a unique opportunity for prospective athletes to experience a full day at Archery Australia Regional Development Program (AARDP) without the commitment of a formal enrolment and without having to complete an enrolment interview.

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

A Talent Identification Day allows athletes to spend a day with the current AARDP athletes. They can see how the other athletes interact with each other, and with coaches. In this way the reality of the program can be experienced by the athlete firsthand.

The Talent Identification athlete also gets to experience the way the coaches go about their jobs, and to see if that fits in with their own way of learning.

To attend a Talent Identification Day at AARDP you must fill out an application form. Please note that this is an application form only and not an enrolment form. An enrolment interview follows a successful trial period.

To download an application form, click here. Please send completed application form to

Youth News Edition 2 (December 2021)

Welcome to Archery NSW / Youth News Edition 2.

I would like to say thank you to the contributors to this edition, in particular Dennis Carson for his article on Target Panic, Alyssa Mollema, Mariano Llana for the use of the their photos, and also to Ella-Rose Carson for her continued help.

It is now a little over four months since I took on the role of Youth Coordinator, and so much has happened for youth archery.

I am particularly proud of the Pizza Nights which have been a great success, and if you are a youth archer that hasn’t attended one yet, then you are missing out because they are great evenings and they are also FREE to attend. AND there is also the youth series which is an exiting array of youth tournaments throughout the year…

Don’t forget we have a Archery NSW Youth Facebook Group which is well worth you joining. It is a private group so you will have to be a member of Archery NSW to join. For Youths under 13, your parents can join on your behalf. This is a great way to receive news. Here is the link.

We have lots planned for 2022, so make sure you check your inbox, junk mail folder and Facebook. Happy New Year!

Barry Parker, Youth Coordinator