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Where and When

St Stephens Carramar Campus, at 50 St Stephens Crescent, Tapping, Western Australia for outdoor archery and student training. Setup commences at 8.30am and shooting at 9.00am (for members, every SATURDAY MORNING). Archery generally finishes at 11am. Entry is from the northern side of the campus, the driveway with a "Canteen" sign. Archery at our grounds is not permitted on Sundays, this being a condition of the hire arrangement. Archery is at it's best in the mornings as wind conditions are statistically lighter, gaining strength from about 10.00am. In summer, it is also cooler in the mornings with maximum temperatures often peaking at about 3.00 pm.

Sorry, we don't have facilities for crossbows or mongolian bows.

Come and Try

If you would like to try archery out we encourage you to book in for a course. However if you are only interested in a one-off tryout then, contact Archery WA on 9248 8585.

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History of Club

Archery has been practised in the Joondalup area (north of Perth, Western Australia) for the last 50 years, that we know of. Our original archery grounds were at Rotary Park, Wanneroo alongside Lake Joondalup, hence the name of our sports club. In 2006 the archery club had to vacate Rotary Park due to redevelopment of the park. With the assistance of the City of Joondalup, it moved temporarily to a public park until suitable grounds could be found. The club incorporated in 1999, with Mr Dennis Holmes as President. He is a life member and is recognized as the founding father of Lake Joondalup Archery Club. As a sports club, we represent the City of Joondalup with pride and distinction. We are affiliated with FITA, Archery Australia (AA) and Archery Western Australia (AWA).

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Our Vision

The vision and direction of our archery club changes and evolves over time. Where we go and what we want to achieve is driven by the membership. At present, members are keen to compete, move up through the skills class structure and to shoot for high scores. We do not seek to compete against each other or anybody else. We are competing against our own last scores. The person shooting next to you is there to chat to and to provide encouragement. All of us are seeking to educate ourselves further in terms of our technique, regardless of our level of expertise. Our members regularly compete at both State and National levels. We also provide a friendly and social atmosphere for those that simply enjoy the company of others. Development is provided for aspiring archers seeking to compete at a National and International level, starting with introductory archery lessons and culminating in our high performance program.

The following members have achieved Master Bowman status: Dennis Holmes, Gordon Pikes, Bruce Titlestad, Mark Bobowski and Peter Godwich.

Gavin Pikes, Mark Bobowski and Peter Godwich are in the 2010 Western Australian State Archery Team.

Forms of Archery

Lake Joondalup Archery Club participates in five archery disciplines with an emphasis on Outdoor Target archery. This means shooting outdoors over distances ranging from 10 metres to 90 metres 2. We also compete at Field Archery events. Field archery is also shot outdoors over distances ranging up to 60m over uneven ground 3. Annually, we usually compete at the State and National Indoor events. Indoor is shot at the fixed distance of 18m 4. Our high performance archers also compete in Clout tournaments.

We do not participate in hunting. Our targets are restricted to paper.

At present our members shoot with either compound, recurve bows and longbows. We do not provide facilities for crossbows.

Facilities at our Club

We are very grateful to St Stephens for permitting us to pactice archery at their Carramar campus. We have ample space for multiple targets ranged over various distances. Where required, we can cater to FITA shoots that need to be shot in North/South directions. Of great benefit are the covered areas that permit our members to shoot under shade and provide protection from rain. The photos on this page give some indication as to the large area covered area that we have. Toilets and water faucets are also in this covered area. We also have an equipment shed adjacent to the fields for storage of our target butts and stands. Ample carparking is available, even for tournaments.

For introduction to archery, the club has 13 recurve bows, two compound bows, quivers, carbon and aluminium arrows, bow stands and arm guards. We have left hand recurve bows. All club equipment is of good quality and maintained to a high standard. 8 of the recurve bows range in poundage from 16lbs to 30lbs and are suitable for age ranges 8 to adult. We have 5 small left/right recurve bows suitable for ages 8 and under. These are very light poundage bows (5lbs - 10lbs).

Importantly, for compound shooters shooting high poundage, we have Danage target butts. Conventional butts, if not continuously maintained and packed correctly, have difficulty stopping these sorts of arrows. Arrows passing through targets is extremely frustrating and costly as the arrow vanes are invariably damaged.

As a matter of practice, archers shooting for important classifications, such as First Class and Master Bowman are automatically provided with new target faces. This makes spotting at long distances more accurate. Worn target faces are immediately replaced for all participants. Members periodically are required to assist with target butt repairs, this being repacking the target centres.

Range Safety

Peter Godwich is our Range Safety Officer. All archers must comply with his range safety instructions when directed to. Before commencement of shooting, yellow and red danger signs are put up, warning anyone entering the grounds that archery is in progress. Archery stops immediately if anyone enters the grounds/danger areas. All archers are required to sign the attendance register before commencement of archery and pay applicable archery fees. This important for insurance reasons.

When drawing your bow, NEVER raise your bow arm above shoulder height and then come down to aim at the target. You will be immediately stopped from shooting. When drawing, your bow arm should be directed lower to or to the target. Whilst we have a large safety margin for any arrow that over shoots a target, we frown upon arrows going over the top of targets. If you are going to miss (and we all do from time to time), make sure you arrow goes below or to the side of the target. Always check your sight settings before commencing shooting and remind those shooting beside you.

When retrieving arrows from the target buttress, make sure nobody is standing directly behind the arrows that are being pulled out to avoid injury. Arrows that are in the ground should be pulled out backwards and in a straight line to avoid bending them. Arrows can bury themselves completely, in which case it is necessary to use a metal detector to find and retrieve them.

Alan Kleidon is our Director of Shooting (DOS). Any queries on scoring, e.g. line breakers, should be directed to him. The DOS also controls archery with whistle blasts. They are:

1 Blast Blasts Commence shooting. Archers have 4 minutes to shoot 6 arrows. For 3 arrow ends, archers have 2 minutes.
2 Blasts Blasts Cessation of shooting. All archers move forward to score and retrieve arrows.
3 Blasts Blasts Immediately stop shooting. If at full draw, don't shoot, let down, replace arrow in quiver
5 or Plus Blasts 5 or more blasts means that archers must immediately stop shooting due to an emergency. If at full draw, don't shoot, let down, replace arrow in quiver

Common archery injuries

Statistically, falling out of trees is the main accident that archers experience 5. This is due to archery hunters in northern America who set themselves up in trees. The most common injury is bow string slap to the bow arm 6. Whilst this can hurt, it is generally a minor soft tissue injury, normally causing bruising. To reduce or eliminate bow string slap, wear an armguard. Holding the bow with knuckles at a 45 degree angle often pushes the bow elbow away from the string. Some string stopping devices also work well. Shoulder injuries on the draw arm are also a common injury 7. This can be caused by not drawing back far enough, that is the draw elbow should be behind the archer's head/ear and not sticking out. Keeping the draw elbow right back relieves stress. Shoulder injuries are most common in high performance archers due to the additional training that they do 8. Quality of training is therefore considerably safer than quantity of practice.

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An armguard. For beginners, we recommend a long armguard.

From an insurance perspective, archery is rated as a very safe sport, slightly more dangerous than lawn bowls, and safer than golf 9. We are insured by QBE Insurance 10.

Membership

The majority of fees (all apart from $35) are passed on to Archery Australia (AA) and Archery Western Australia (AWA). AA provide insurance that covers all members, regardless of age. AWA provide additional services and facilities from their Whiteman Park complex. The club fees are only $35 per annum and are purely for hire of grounds. Targets and other costs are covered by a $5 per attendance shooting fee. Equipment can be hired by members for $5 per week for up to 6 weeks after joining. The club's financial year is fiscal with fees due annually on anniversary of membership. Lake Joondalup Archery Club is a non-profit club determined to provide its membership with the best facilities and equipment that the club can afford, whilst at the same time maintaining reserve funds for contingencies.

Part of Year Adult (19 and over) Junior (under 19) Associate per Person Family 2 Adults 1 Junior Family 1 Adult 2 Juniors Family Additional Junior(s) Family Additional Senior(s)
January - December 2010 $205 $135 $70 $475 $415 $85 $115
April - December 2010 $165 $115 $70 $395 $350 $75 $100
July - December 2010 $130 $90 $70 $310 $285 $70 $85
October - December 2010 $90 $75 $70 $230 $220 $60 $65

As a benefit of membership, members receive either a bucket hat (generally used by recurve and longbow archers) or a legionnaire cap (generally used by compound archers). These being sunsmart headwear worth $15. A black high quality NEAT-N1 armguard worth $10 and a tube of SPF 30+ sunscreen (to keep in your quiver or pocket) worth $8. ALL OF THIS IS PROVIDED FREE TO MEMBERS.

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Perth suburbs in our proximity are (alphabetically): Alkimos, Ashby, Banksia Grove, Beldon, Bullsbrook, Burns Beach, Butler, Carabooda, Carramar, Clarkson, Connolly, Craigie, Currambine, Edgewater, Eglington, Heathridge, Hillarys, Hocking, Iluka, Jindalee, Joondalup, Kallaroo, Kinross, Lancelin, Mariginiup, Merriwa, Mindarie, Mullaloo, Neerabup, Nowergup, Ocean Reef, Padbury, Pearsall, Quinns, Quinns Rocks, Ridgewood, Sinagra, Tamala, Tapping, Two Rocks, Wanneroo, Whiitfords, Woodvale and Yanchep. We have members living in other northern suburbs of Perth as well.