Scottish Archery Organisation Staff and Volunteers

Michael Mather

Chair of Scottish Archery, provides leadership and direction to the Board of Scottish Archery and leads the organisation for the benefit of all of its members.

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

I would love to see archery in Scotland continue to grow and develop significantly over the coming years and to achieve its true potential as a fully inclusive sport that has no barriers to joining. I would also love to see increased investment in our sport and to grow our workforce so that we can actually achieve all of the things that we want for our sport. It would be fantastic if we could get a number of our members to be high performers to the extent that we have Scottish archers making up the majority of Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

What is your favourite thing about archery?

Its addictiveness – the fact that it is one of the most fully inclusive sports in the country and that there is almost no one who cannot at least try archery at some point in their lives, whether they be ‘sporty’ or not.

What is your New Year's resolution for 2017?

To get our full 4 year strategy and 12 year transformational change plans fully in place.

Martin Strang

As of the AGM on the 26/11/16, Martin is the newly appointment Director of Participation. The role is to develop growth of people participating in archery in Scotland.

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

I would like to see Archery up on the same level as football. Countless people participate in football, be it at school, after school, in the street, then the leagues etc. I would like to see archery being developed the same way, and I think archery is a sport for all ages and all capabilities. Not only is it a good social sport, but it is good exercise (and fun exercise!). As a transplant recipient I would like to get more transplant recipients into archery and also ensure that disabled people are also given the opportunity, and help and support them and to get coaches to adapt where necessary. Besides, archery was out and about long before football!

What is your favourite thing about archery?

The addictiveness!! Although I have not been doing archery for as long as other members of the board, I have got the competition bug and am always disheartened at not hitting gold's all the time!I always say to myself ‘one more end.....nope, not good that time, just one more end......!

What is your New Year's resolution for 2017?

In the archery world to keep improving, get more coaching and to enter as many competitions as I can to improve. I am taking part in the British Transplant Games, being held in North Lanarkshire from the 27th to 30th July 201 and I am doing archery (as well as ten pin bowling) so I really want to get a gold medal on the archery side!!

Moira Taylor

Director of Coaching

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

To set up a Coaching committee to help Scottish Archery achieve its coaching strategy. To understand the individual needs of Coaches in Scotland and to help them develop and grow to allow them to achieve their potential. Also to continuously improve the quality of coaching in Scotland and thereby increase performance and enjoyment at all levels.

What is your favourite thing about archery?

It's inclusiveness and also its addiction. I love sharing my passion for archery with like minded people who want to make archery bigger and better.

What is your New Year's resolution for 2017?

To support even more Coaches and to better understand the coaching needs within clubs. Also to try and get more time for me to shoot!

Douglas Blyth

Primarily the Director of Governance, but also regional and company secretary for companies house. As well as the regional judge liaison officer for the team of judges in Scotland. He authorises record status applications and assign judges to competitions. He works and develops the team of judges and ensures the smooth running of all competitions. Douglas checks the governance framework for the organisation and reviews all existing polices and creates new policies for both our members and paid employees. He deals with the company house paperwork to ensure that our organisation keeps within the laws of company house. Douglas organises the AGM according to the bye Laws and policies of Scottish Archery. Finally he is one of the LBGT+ and equality champions, ensuring that the diversity of our membership is included in all areas of our sport.

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

To further increase the awareness of the sport and ensure we are improving our relations with our Stalk holders. Increase the number of competitions and competitions within the sport and therefore increase the number of Olympic archers to head to world championships and the Olympics. To ensure a strong governance framework and increase our LBGT status.

What is your favourite thing about archery?

The tension of that one arrow shoot off, the split second of not knowing. The inclusion and diversity of our archers and volunteers. The proudness of archers achieving their goals. Achieving my own goals in judging, competitions and other areas.

What is your New Year's resolution for 2017?

To probably shoot more arrows and maybe even do a competition #judgescanshoot

Claudine Jennings

Director of Performance – role includes selection of Scottish teams for home nations matches and running junior and senior squads.

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

I would really like to see increasing opportunities for participation in archery in Scotland with a strong club culture of promoting performance coaching and participation of archers of all levels in competition.

What is your favourite thing about archery?

I have always enjoyed the inclusivity and diversity of archery and the people you meet but my favourite thing is still just standing in a hall, listening to music and blasting arrows into a target.

What is your New Year's resolution for 2017?

To use my time more productively and enjoy the little things.

Stephanie Clason

Director of Finance - responsible for maintaining accurate financial records and producing monthly reports in order to update the Board on its financial position. New to her responsibilities this year, Steph will also be helping the other Directors maintain their annual budget.

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

I think our most common aspiration is to see archery in Scotland continue to grow, whether that be physically in numbers or in the sense of producing more and more Olympic-level athletes. Achieving such feats would create a domino effect of increased funding and therefore promote natural growth.

What is your favourite thing about archery?

The repetitiveness - if you can shoot one 10 then you can shoot hundreds, right?!

What is your New Year's resolution for 2017?

Not a New Year's resolution kind of person but one of my archery goals is to represent Scotland during 2017. Happy New Year everybody!

Victoria Barby

Director of Communications - responsible for the communications tools that Scottish Archery use including this newsletter, the website and social media.

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

I would like to see archery recognised by the general public for the fantastic sport that it is.

What is your favourite this about archery?

The fact that it isn't like riding a bike - you have to work really hard at it and need to practice every day to make improvements, but when you do improve the rewards are even better!

What is your New Year's Resolution?

Just jump in - buy the shoes, eat the cake and drink the gin!

Vincent Bryson

Independent Director

Jamie Freil

Independent Director

Phyllis Pettett

Chair of the Tournament Organiser Group and Treasurer for the Eastern Area and Falkirk Co of Archers. Level 1 Coach.

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

For us to grow our membership, promoting archery throughout Scotland and in particular to the younger set as they will be our future. To provide an effective, inclusive and structured competition pathway for members at all levels in order to increase the number of people coming out to competitions, and ultimately to send more Archers to the Olympics.

What is your favourite thing about Archery?

I love that Archery is a sport for all, whether you are young, old or have a disability, there is a level for you! The feel of that perfect sweet shot…… What's not to like!

What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2017?

To continue to encourage and support our archers in any way I can, increase the number of arrows I shoot weekly, work with my coach and get fitter!

Alan Martin

Executive Development Officer for Scottish Archery

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

Scottish Archery has a huge amount of potential as a sport and can become the most fun, inclusive, high performing individual sport in the country.

What is your favourite thing about archery?

The inclusivity and it really is a sport for all ages and abilities.

What is your New Year's resolution for 2017?

Make time for my own training/exercise

Muriel Kirkwood

Website content developer and editor

What are your aspirations for Scottish Archery?

That is becomes the foremost Home Nation within UK archery

What is your favourite thing about archery?

The mix of people and aspirations; and there is always the hope that next year will be better than the last...

What is your New Year's resolution for 2017?

I never set resolutions as they don't last beyond the end of January!!

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