Way back in 2010 I decided to start an archery club in Tasmania, but ours was going to be different to the other ones that were already in the state. The Break O’Day Field Archery Club was the first archery club in Tasmania to be affiliated with Australian Bowhunters Association and we are located in St Helens on the East Coast of Tasmania. This means that we are bow hunting in picturesque bushland using animal photographic targets and unmarked field lanes. Our club also does knife and axe throwing as well. All these skills are part of hunting traditions, however, in many cases you will never actually transfer these skills to the wild. Come and join us at the Break O’Day Field Archery to learn how to do archery in Tasmania or for the experienced archer come and have a shoot. Brady Young President.
Brady and Liane have received their 10 year membership badges from ABA (Australian Bowhunters Association). As the President and Secretary of the Break O’Day Field Archery Club – experience coupled with expertise makes a stable and informed management team for running a not-for-profit field archery club on the East Coast of Tasmania. With numerous state and national titles between them, they have the expertise to introduce new members to the fun world of archery. It is this knowledge and understanding that allows them to assist you in learning how to do archery and growing your ability. Come along and meet them as well as the rest of the team, each and every Sunday of the Month at 9 am 24627 Dianas Basin St Helens Tasmania.
It is official, the population is forbidden to play or watch sport of no value, ‘such as football’. Well, if we were living in Edward III’s England in 1349, it would be true! Instead, the population was encouraged to practise the long bow every Sunday and not let anything deflect them from honing this important skill. At the Break O’Day Field Archery Club we agree whole heartedly with this declaration and are now having archery club shoots every single Sunday.
A very interesting paper ‘Painful pastime versus present pleasure: Tudor Archery and the Law’ written by Jonathan Davies (just google this for a copy), talks about the history of archery and how its importance was interwoven with the very structure of society for many hundreds of years.
‘The bow demanded fine physique and long practice’, and that the best archers were ‘bothe lustye in bodye, & able to abyde the wether, & can shoote a good stronge shoote’.
The bow … encouraged physical fitness and healthy competition in an activity that bound all members of society together in defence of their country, irrespective of their order or rank.
I will be the first to admit that on very frosty winter mornings it can be difficult to get out of bed, but being both lusty in body, able to abide the weather and active participants in different areas of St Helen’s society, the members of the Break O’Day Field Archery Club will be down at the big blue bus ready to start at 9.00 am every Sunday.
The public will see our members being very busy archers over the next two months as we have a Tasmanian wide invitational two-day shooting extravaganza occurring at Dianas Basin on the 16th and 17th of September. Only invited members of affiliated archery clubs will be eligible to attend and it will be the very first Australian Bowhunters Association (ABA) shoot of this kind held in Tasmania. We tentatively notified archers about this event earlier in the year, when we were in the initial stages of planning and we expect we shall have quite a crowd attending. Now is the time to become members as you still have time to gain some basic skills and join in the fun.
The Break O’Day Field Archery Club is the original and largest ABA archery club in Tasmania, with lots of ‘firsts’ under its belt. Come along for a visit and we will happily introduce you to archery. This includes anyone in a wheelchair as we have had archers from the mainland comment that our course is suitable for a range of different physical abilities. Hope to see you soon.
Brady Young, President.
The Australian Sports Commission have an interesting article on ‘sport in rural and regional Australia’ that can be read in full at their website. The three key messages are as follows:
‘ 1. Sport in rural, remote and regional communities has been shown to improve social cohesion and health outcomes.
- Sporting events are increasingly being used to provide an economic stimulus and raising the profiles of rural and regional communities.
- Historically many high-performance athletes have been developed in rural and regional communities and there are a number of programs to assist these athletes’.
In our own backyard, we have a wide range of sports that are available for the people of the Break O’Day area to participate in. For such a small area, there is a varied selection of clubs to join ranging from team sports (football, tennis, netball, basketball, cricket) to those that are individual in nature (golf, surfing, bike riding, archery).
Our own Break O’Day Field Archery Club is a Tasmanian Archery Club that is currently undergoing major expansion of premises and membership. Locals will see some more of the Club grounds as soon as I have my new tractor arriving late in June. People should be able to see more of the club meeting area, when the front paddock is mowed down. You will notice that we like the colour blue, as it stands out and it reminds people that we are near the beach. If anyone has any shades of blue paint we are always open for donations. The paint maintains outside furniture so it stays looking good for longer.
What you still cannot see from the highway is our double 20-lane competition archery range that has been given a bit of a face lift recently with a new bridge and fine tuning of some of the lanes. Using the new tractor, we will be spending the next few months working on another 20-lane competition range that allows for different terrain, as this will be shooting at various angles (up or down hill) versus the other ranges which are on the flat. The Break O’Day Archery Club is certainly equal to many of the clubs we have played at on the mainland, and we bring to the people of the area our expertise that has been gained from shooting at other clubs and dissecting their ranges to use this knowledge for our club and its members.
I would like to invite people to check us out on our Facebook page or Website and come and join us at our club grounds. We shoot weekly now at the regular time 9am. Just drop us a line as we are a very accommodating, family friendly bunch here at The Break O’Day Field Archery Club.
Break O’Day Field Archery Club
Was it only two weeks ago that the Ladies Warrior Princess archery shoot was on? It was a great day and the ladies involved enjoyed themselves immensely. The comments we received were all positive, and covered everything from, ‘how safe I feel’ to ‘I cannot wait to do this again and get even better’. A fantastic afternoon tea of homemade cakes was served on antique china plates, with freshly brewed tea and coffee. It was the cherry on the day.
In fact the ladies had such a great time they were back the next day with their husbands and we took two different teams out on the range. The ladies second day of archery saw a slight improvement as they were able to use the skills they had learnt the day before. The male team had an enjoyable time with lots of laughs and friendly banter, within a companionable competitive spirit. Such a great time was had, we have some new members.
Our next ladies only archery shoot will be Saturday 22nd of April. Shooting fee is $15 each lady and this includes equipment hire, training and afternoon tea. We shall start at 1.00 pm and it should go for several hours so make sure you wear comfortable closed in shoes and bring a water bottle. The location is 24627 Tasman Highway, look for the big blue bus in the paddock. Numbers are limited to 6 ladies at a time, so please confirm your place by booking on 03 6376 1815. If there is a deal of interest another date will be made available.
Last weekend was another great day for our little Tassie Archery Club. We arrived at Fingal Valley Festival at 8am to set up and we didn’t have a break until it was time to pack up at 5pm. What a day! As a conservative estimate we had 60 people of all ages have an ‘archery taste experience’ at our stall. Teagan and Matt from Chilli FM had a go and enjoyed immensely. Both of them did very well and were hitting the target after a few arrows. You can check out the video on the Chilli FM website. So far we have over 1500 views. This was a great advertisement for both the Fingal Valley Festival and the Break O’Day Field Archery Club. We had quite a few enquiries about possible new memberships and look forward to seeing some people again over the next few months.
I had an interesting conversation the other day where I was talking to someone about the joys of playing archery, when the subject of fees came up. The comment was made ‘I have heard that it is really expensive to join an archery club’ and how much does it cost to join an archery club? I then explained to this person that in fact archery is one of the cheaper sports when it came to membership fees and sports equipment.
This conversation inspired this article, because misinformation is detrimental to people wanting to try out new sports and other endeavours. The Break O’Day Field Archery Club (BODFAC) was the first Tasmanian archery club affiliated with the Australian Bowhunters Association (ABA) in 2010. Currently there are there are approximately 100 other clubs affiliated with ABA around Australia.
The primary role of ABA is ‘to represent bowhunters throughout Australia and develop the sport of field archery at all levels’. Therefor as an ABA affiliated Club it is mandatory that all members of BODFAC are also members of ABA. This is no different to other sporting groups that require membership at a local club level and then an additional membership with the state or national body representing this sport.
BODFAC has a yearly family membership rate of $80 and singles at $40. Normal shooting fees are $5 each or $15 for a family. The yearly membership and shoot fees go towards the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the club grounds and the (x2) 20-lane competition ranges. The Club has its own insurance with ABA, however, this does not cover individual archers. As an individual, you require membership with ABA for your individual public liability.
The annual membership rates for ABA are reasonable and include individual public liability insurance, 6 Editions of Archery Action magazine, an ABA Cloth Badge which can be sewn onto a shirt, ABA Car Sticker and an information leaflet on Bowhunting and Field Archery. As well as the peace of mind and collective knowledge of archery gained from belonging to a national body. When you initially join, it is $90 a year for an individual or $185 for a family. Each year after that the current fee is $65 for an individual and $140 for a family. To take out ABA membership it is as easy as clicking on their website https://www.bowhunters.org.au/. Once you are an ABA member you are covered to shoot in any ABA archery club across Australia. Great news for those going on a holiday to the mainland, you can drop in and shoot at other clubs; all you need to do is show your ABA membership card.
With all sports, how much you spend on your equipment ranges from the basic to the uber expensive. At BODFAC we help you gain some experience shooting different types of bows before you purchase your own. We generally recommend that people do not buy second-hand bows unless they know the history of a bow. Once you purchase your bow, it can be used for years. My family are still using the same bows we purchased over 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same thing about the arrows. As a rule, you would purchase approximately 12-18 new arrows each year, for each person. The arrows get lost in the bush or can be broken when you shoot that tree, instead of the target butt.
If you are thinking of joining a reputable, family orientated sporting group that has been here in St Helens on the East Coast of Tasmania for the last 7 years which has a permanent home with an established practise range and 2 x 20 lane competition ranges (Tiger and Devil) – come and see us at Break O’Day Field Archery Club or contact me on Facebook Break O’Day Field Archery Club Inc. or our website firstname.lastname@example.org. We shoot every Sunday, starting at 9am, please check our website for more details.
Break O’Day Field Archery Club Inc.