Archery Australia

The first Annual General Meeting of the Association was held in Sydney on the same weekend as the first National Championships – 3,4,5 October 1948.

In 1993, the Archery Association of Australia changed its name to Archery Australia. The Association has been governed by a Board comprised of eight societies (Archery Society of NSW, Archery ACT, Archery Victoria, Archery Society of Tasmania, Archery South Australia, Archery Society of Western Australia, Archery Society of North Queensland and Archery Society of South Queensland). The day to day affairs of the association were managed by a Executive Committee.

In 2001 the Board dramatically changed the constitution, allowing for a more streamlined modern structure following best practice governance principles. The Archery Board now comprises of four elected and up to three appointed Board members. The day to day affairs of the association are managed by a full time Chief Executive Officer.

Annually Archery Australia conduct National Championships; Youth National Championships (Target Field, Matchplay and Clout), Open National Championships (Target, Field and Clout), Australian Open Championships (Matchplay) and Indoor National Championships. The sport also caters for a wide variety of disciplines and equipment styles duing National Championships.

Australia first entered international competition at the FITA World Target Championships in 1965 and its first international medals were won by Graeme Telford and Hans Wright in 1969 (bronze medals in the Target and Field Championships respectively).

Australia was represented when Archery re-entered the Olympics in Munich in 1972 and has been represented at each Olympic Games since wining Gold with Simon Fairweather in 200 and Bronze with Tim Cuddihy in 2004.

In 1977, Australia hosted the 29th FITA Target World Championships in Canberra and again in 1987 in Adelaide the 34th FITA World Target Championships. In Adelaide the Grand FITA event was introduced which was the first attempt at a progressive elimination competition and the forerunner of the current Match Play event conducted at World Championships and Olympic Games. In 2002 The World Field Championships cam to Australia hosted by Canberra Archery Club.

To become a member of Archery Australia individual simply joins a club and within the membership fees they pay to the club is the membership component to both their RGB (Regional Association) and to Archery Australia.

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