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

Youth Series 2022

Find the current leaderboard here.


The 2022 Youth Series is a brand new initiative to provide the ASNSW Youth Community a standout event of their own and will consist of four rounds.

It is designed to be inclusive and welcoming to youth archers of all levels and ages. After each competition will be a lunch/dinner and social event, so youth archers can hang out, reconnect and make new friends.

Event 1

14 - 16 January – Armidale Archers
Day 1 Development Day, Coaching with Dennis Carson
followed by BBQ Dinner.
Day 2 24T marked field course. Dinner at Bowlo.
Day 3 24T marked field Course. Final day of competition
Just $30 for the weekend! (not including bowlo)

Register here.

Event 2

27 February –Coast Archers, Erina
This has become one of the coolest events on the calendar,
and has something to offer for everyone!
WA 60/900, Short Canberra, Junior Canberra, Mini Canberra
BBQ lunch included for archers!

Event 3


16 July – Troy Adams Oval, PCA, Werrington

Shoot some arrows in the air, hang out with your friends for a big BBQ lunch and have a great day out!

Have you ever tried clout, or are you a seasoned clout archer?

Join us at Penrith City Archers for a great day of clout archery, where a high draw is allowed and you get to shoot arrows into the sky to hit a ground target in the distance.

The emphasis of the day is that it is very much going to be a social event for all our youth archers, with PCA putting on a BBQ lunch for you.

Registration is only $15 and includes lunch.

Click here to download the information document. 

Event 4


5 November – Warringah Archers
This is an iconic event. 90 Arrows, 20 metres – it is a challenge for the best of the best to get 900 and allows for newcomers to take part in a relaxed environment!


Series Rules

Who can take part:
All archers must be financial members of Archery Australia/Archery NSW for each event

The series is open to all youths and bow divisions:

  • Joeys - An athlete may compete in the Joey class in tournaments until December 31 of the year of his or her 11th birthday.
  • Cubs - An athlete may compete in the Cub class in tournaments until December 31 of the year of his or her 13th birthday.
  • Intermediate - An athlete may compete in the Intermediate class in tournaments until December 31 of the year of his or her 15th birthday.
  • Cadets - An athlete may compete in the Cadet class in tournaments until December 31 of the year of his or her 17th birthday.
  • 20 and Under - An athlete may compete in the Junior class in tournaments until December 31 of the year of his or her 20th birthday.

Archers from other states may participate in the events, but will not be eligible to win a trophy. Only NSW Youth Archers are eligible to win a trophy.


Each event will be a stand alone whereby the actual score will count. Organisers of these events may, or may not issue medals or prizes.

You do not have to attend each event, but you will stand a better chance of a final placing if you do.

For the series, handicapped scores will count based on your 'floating handicap' from Archer’s Diary. It will be handicapped scores that will determine placings. For the purpose of the Youth Spirit Event, Handicaps will be based Outdoor Target Archery, not Field because a number of youth archers do not have a separate rating for field archery.

Archers will need to have a base rating to qualify for scoring in the series which is based the best scores from three previous target rounds. Should an archer not have previously competed in at least three target rounds with scores recorded in Archer’s Diary, then the series organisers reserve the right to adjust the archer's handicap to keep the competition fair.

The series results will not be per age class, but the overall attendance. The handicap system allows for an archer with a lower rating to compete against an archer with a higher rating and will even the scores up.

For the Youth Spirit Event, it will be the combined handicap scores from the two days that will determine the placings.

Points for each event will be awarded to the top 20 positions, with 20 points given to 1st place:

1st 20 points
2nd 19 points
3rd 18 points
4th 17 points
5th 16 points
6th 15 points
19th 2 points
20th 1 point
21st 0 points

Over the four events, the points will accumulate as they are added together. So say an archer places 3rd in event 1, 6th in event 2, 1st in event 3 and 19th in event 4, they will accumulate 55 points overall.


There will be two perpetual trophies awarded at the end of the series: 1st Place Compound and 1st place Recurve.

Take home trophies will be given to the top three places in Compound and Recurve. Trophies will be awarded at the 2023 Archery NSW Presentation Night, or at the first available opportunity.

Any questions about the Series Rules of for further information please contact Barry Parker, Youth Coordinator via email:

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.