The Burnie Bowmen Archery 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.
In 1972 Burnie Bowmen archery club was given the honour of holding the first
national championships 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.
The 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.
Burnie Bowmen has been instrumental in the development of Archers Diary (now the official scoring and tournament management software for Archery Australia ). Also the club was the first to use iscored.today, the electronic online scoring software for Archers Diary.
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.