24th Australian Junior Archery Championships, Adelaide, 2002 - NEWS

Best All Round Archers & Trans Tasman Team announced
The snow and ice at the Thebarton Snowdome were a welcome relief for all tonight.  The dinner venue unfortunately left a lot to be desired, creating a great source of embarassment for Organisers.  Despite that, the Best All Round Archers, Australian Teams Champions & the Trans Tasman Team members were announced.
For the Nationals Champions and Winning Teams, click here.  For details of the Trans Tasman Team visit the Archery Australia Web site.

Field Champions in the heat & dust

Temperatures soared over 38 degrees on the final day of competition making the going tough for all archers.  An added insult was the mini-tornado which ripped through tents and covered everyone with dust, just as the medals presentations were about to be made.  Despite the heat, scores posted were commendable and everyone did enjoy the field venue. Full results for the Field Championships are here .

Results first day of field
Today the Unmarked portion of the Field Championships was shot by all archers and results for the day's shoot are here .

Today's a rest day
.... but that usually means no rest as teams make the most of their visit to SA.  Archers may well have taken in the 2nd stage of the Tour Down Under, arguably the most prestigious cycling road race in the Southern Hemisphere.  Others will no doubt would have sought to fine tune their shooting for the forthcoming 2 days of field archery at Strathalbyn.

Clout Results
In near perfect conditions the days of "Yore" were re-created. Scores are now published - enter here .

Target Champions decided
The National Junior Target Archery Champions have been decided for 2002. With the weather maintaining a pleasant 29 degrees, some excellent scores were posted.   Click here to go to the final results.

First day's competition completed
In excellent conditions, Australia's archers of tomorrow completed the first day's competition - for all the results, click here .

Championships Opened
In ideal conditions, the 24th Junior Nationals kicked off with pomp and ceremony, being jointly opened by the SA Minister for Recreation, Sport & Racing, the Hon. Dorothy Kotz and 1991 World and current Olympic Archery Champion and current AIS Athlete of the Year, Simon Fairweather.

Following words of welcome and best wishes conveyed to the 88 competitors from all over Australia by Archery Australia President, Chris Mulconray, the Minister and from Simon, Simon demonstrated his Olympic form by shooting the first arrow of the Championships (a ten!).

Simon then presented the Minister with the arrow he shot.  The Minister assured him it would have pride of place in her office.

Following the Opening, archers participated in the Official Practice session and are looking forward to the first day of competition on Monday.


Weather forecast improves
The extremely hot weather (39 degrees today) is not forecast to continue past tonight with mild conditions for both the Opening/Practice sessions on Sunday and the first day of target on Monday.

City Council and SA Government provide support
The Adelaide City Council and State Government have come forward as major sponsors for the Junior Nationals. With support totalling over $7,000 the financial security of the event is assured enabling the Organising Committee to concentrate on providing the archery champions of tomorrrow with a quality event.

Under 19 Section - clarification
The Under 19 section created for these Junior Nationals is only open to those who are eligible and hope to qualify for the Junior World Target Championships in 2002.  This means only those who turn 18 years of age between 1st January and 13th January, 2002 - the others turning 18 in 2002 are eligible for the Junior Nationals anyway.  For the World Juniors, archers have to meet FITA's criteria of turning 18 years of age during the year of the event, which means being 17 on 31st December, 2001, but may in fact be ineligible for the Junior Nationals having turned 18 before the start of the Junior Nationals.

Dinner venue decided
Adelaide's Snowdome at Mile End will be the venue for the final function of the Junior Nationals - with participants able to enjoy tobogganning and ice skating from 7:30-8:00pm for an extra fee of $10.50.  Those wishing to take up the offer are urged to make sure they wear layered clothing - it wil be cold and wet - guaranteed!!

Junior World Field Championships Qualifiers
National Training Squad (NTS) Qualifying Scores for the Junior World Field Squad, are as follows :
Junior Boys: Recurve
Junior Boys: Compound
Junior Boys: Barebow (Recurve/Longbow)
Junior Girls: Recurve
Junior Girls: Compound
Junior Girls: Barebow (Recurve/Longbow)

Scores required refer to marked+unmarked rounds
(e.g. 12T+12T = 12 targets marked + 12 targets unmarked).

If a selection shoot-off is required, it will be held in conjunction with the field event at the 2002 (Open) Nationals in Sydney.

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9-14th September, 2002
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Matchplay not an option
The Committee advises that, unfortunately the trial matchplay cannot be held.  With the Victoria Park being used for horseracing on the Saturday preceding the Nationals, the chance of extending the week is not possible.  Utilising the rest day on the Wednesday was considered to be inappropriate and unfair on competitors, particularly if the week is a hot one.

Olympic champion at the Junior Nationals
Simon Fairweather, Australia's Olympic Gold Medallist will open the Junior Nationals in Adelaide.

Nationals logo adopted
Roger Moore, the REAL one (member, Adelaide Archery Club) has designed the logo, which has now been adopted by the Committee as the official symbol of the 2002 Junior Nationals.

Organising Committee organised
ARCHERY SA has named its Committee to organise the hosting of the 2002 Junior Nationals. The Committtee, under the leadership of Carol Ashlee now commences the mammoth task of ensuring the event will be enjoyable for all and successful.

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