World fourth to archery coaching
TONY Iles finished fourth in the world in unlimited compound archery, but now enjoys coaching the stars of the future at the Warwick and District Archers Association complex at Ford Road.
The Warwick association will host 83 archers at its zone D branch shoot this weekend.
Iles first competed in archery 40 years ago at the Gold Coast and recorded a fourth placing at the IFAA Field Archers World Championships in Scotland in 1986.
He planned to compete in the world championships in America the following year, but a truck accident restricted his shooting style and he didn’t compete.
Iles has since competed in four world events in Australia.
“I do a lot of coaching now, and two of our members, Ross Clarkson and Nigel Sethack, beat me,” Iles said.
“It would be good to be up with them again.”
The club meets every second Sunday at its complex in Ford Road, off Washpool Road, west of Warwick.
Iles is always on hand to help members and new recruits, and remembers the day 11 new recruits turned up.
“There is always someone wanting a bit of coaching,” he said.
What do you enjoy about the sport is a question asked by many journalists down the years.
For Iles, he simply likes to have the skill to be able to shoot a bow and arrow.
“Our sport is regarded as one of the toughest in the world,” Iles said.
“Archers have to be mentally and physically strong.”
Ray Woodrow has been shooting for five years and is a regular from 9am to 2.30pm every second Sunday.
“I wasn’t in any sport and got interested in archery when we were printing the archery magazine at the Daily News (APN Print),” Woodrow said.
His favourite targets are the full-size rubber/foam animals.
“The targets are pretty realistic in some ways,” he said.
People interested in the sport are welcome to the range from 10.30am Saturday and 8am Sunday to watch the zone D branch shoot.