The Home Of Archery On The North West
The Burnie Bowmen club was founded in 1958 by three railway
workmates who had developed an interest in archery. A public
meeting was called to gauge interest and look for volunteers
willing to help develop the sport of archery in Burnie.
Things were up and running fairly quickly and the first
target championship was held in 1959. This club has
influenced the development of archery along the northwest
coast of Tasmania.
The first club to be established
in Tasmania was Hobart followed by Burnie, Launceston,
Beaconsfield and Devonport. The clubs in Devonport and
Beaconsfield are no longer in existence. In 1972 Burnie
Bowmen archery club was given the honour of holding the first
national championship to be held outside of a capital city.
In 1972 archery was brought back into the Olympic Games and
a team was picked to represent Australia.
founding member of the club along with the help from an
electrician, developed a strategy to help control the
shooting by the use of two signal lights, much like the
lights used on a pedestrian crossing. To the best of the
clubs knowledge this way of controlling the shooting is
still used today world wide.
Despite the club being named Burnie Bowmen participation is
open to all sexes and all ages.
Archery is a sport for all seasons and for all people whatever their age, gender or level of physical ability. It is also a very versatile sport since it can be as simple or as involved as the archer wishes.