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AIS Archery program

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Archery Program was a high performance program based in Canberra from 1997 - 2010, catering for archers from all over the country. The program was launched in 1997 to prepare Australian archers for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It began with five female archers and was expanded to offer places for male archers in late 1997.

From 1997 - 2010, the AIS Archery program provided scholarship holders with world-class training in all required areas, under the guidance of elite coaches including champion archer Simon Fairweather.

The AIS Archery Centre was opened in 2003. The facility caters for both indoor and outdoor shooting, performance analysis, and includes meeting facilities, offices, a workshop and storage areas. The centre’s outdoor range can accommodate up to 30 archers shooting at distances of up to 90 metres. In the cold winter months, the facility also allows archers to shoot on the outdoor range from an indoor area.

Over the years, AIS Archery worked closely with Archery Australia to promote the sport from the grassroots to the high performance level.

Achievements and highlights

AIS archery scholarship holders have had an impressive record in international archery competitions. A number of these outstanding highlights are outlined below.

2010

  • Mathew Masonwells, Matthew Gray and Taylor Worth won gold in the men’s recurve team event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
  • Clint Freeman, Pat Coghlan and Robert Timms won gold in the Compound Men’s Team event at the Shanghai World Cup in China.
  • Rebecca Darby, Fiona Hyde and Cassie McCall won bronze medal in the Compound Women’s Team event at the Ogden World Cup, USA.

2009

  • Rebecca Darby, Fiona Hyde and Madeleine Ferris won bronze in the Compound Women’s Team event at the Antalya World Cup in Turkey.
  • Patrick Coghlan won bronze in the Compound Men’s Individual event at the Antalya World Cup in Turkey.
  • Patrick Coghlan and Fiona Hyde won silver in the Compound Mixed Team event at the Antalya World Cup in Turkey.

2008

  • Ricci Cheah, Ryan Tyack and Taylor Worth took home the gold at the World Youth Archery Championships in Antalya, Turkey. They won the Junior division (U18) in a very tight match against the Ukrainian team.

2007

  • Ha Neul (Sky) Kim won gold at the Goodluck Beijing Archery Test event, defeating Chu Sian Cheng of Malaysia in the final arrow of three, single arrow shoot-offs to break a tied result.

2006

  • Ryan Tyack and Jane Waller excelled at the 2006 Junior World Outdoor Target Championships to win the male and female recurve cadet World Championships in Merida, Mexico.
  • Alexandra 'Lexie' Feeney (17) became the first female AIS scholarship holder to medal internationally with silver at the European Grand Prix in Sardinia, Italy.

2004

  • Tim Cuddihy (17) won Olympic bronze at the Athens Olympics, equalling the Olympic record in the semi-final and setting an Olympic record for the 36 arrow finals with a total of 340.
  • Tim Cuddihy won the Junior Male Recurve World Outdoor Target Championship, David Barnes finished fifth individually.
  • Tim Cuddihy, David Barnes and Thomas Dempsey won bronze in the Teams event at the Junior World Outdoor Target Championships in England.
  • David Barnes, Tim Cuddihy and Simon Fairweather defeated Turkey to win gold in the Teams event at the European Grand Prix in Turkey.
  • David Barnes won individual bronze at the Turkish European Grand Prix.
  • David Barnes, Tim Cuddihy and Simon Fairweather defeated the Korean World Champions to win gold in the Teams event at the European Grand Prix in Germany.

2003

  • David Barnes won bronze at 42nd World Championships, Tim Cuddihy finished fourth.
    David Barnes won bronze in the Croatia Grand Prix Archery Tournament (Senior Division).

2002

  • David Barnes won the silver medal in the Turkey Grand Prix Archery Tournament (senior division).
  • Tim Cuddihy won the gold medal at the Junior World Championships in the Cadet Division.
  • David Barnes won the silver medal at the Junior World Championships  in the Cadet Division.

2000

  • Simon Fairweather won the individual Olympic gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
  • Simon Fairweather won the individual Olympic gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

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