New boys on the block, the Tenterfield Traditional Archers, scored 3 big wins during the weekend of 6 and 7 October 2018.
This new sporting club hosted the Traditional Archers Australian National Muster which was declared an outstanding success despite the rainfall on Saturday. With archers coming from Brisbane, Sydney, Bundaberg, Armidale and even Bunbury in Western Australia, a traditional warm, Tenterfield welcome was extended to all the visitors who were very impressed with the new facility and the whole Tenterfield experience.
The opening of the event on Saturday morning was conducted by Member for Lismore, The Hon Thomas George MP who announced $54,000 in funding to continue the development of the archery centre at Tenterfield through Round 2 of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The Tenterfield Traditional Archers will use the funding to build a shared undercover seating and BBQ area to enhance their facility and allow competitions to take place no matter the weather conditions.
At their Annual General Meeting on Saturday evening, the Traditional Archers voted to make Tenterfield the home of the annual Australian National Muster and to invite international competitors to attend the event. Confirmation has already been received of teams from the USA, China, Turkey and Poland with others expected.
“This is another wonderful event for Tenterfield”, said Mayor Peter Petty. “The event brought around 75 competitors plus their families to Tenterfield for the weekend, many of whom have stayed on to enjoy and see more of our local area. The announcement of the funding to improve the facility on Dam Road was the key to ensuring the annual Traditional Archers National Muster makes Tenterfield its home”, the Mayor added.
The Mayor thanked the NSW State Government for the funding and Mrs Marian and Councillor Bob Rogan for their foresight and plain, hard work in bringing another community and family sporting aspect to Tenterfield.
Tenterfield Traditional Archers has encouraged the participation of our local Aboriginal community with local artist Mr Bruce Mackintosh producing and painting a hand-made hunting boomerang and a set of clap sticks for presentation to the American Archery Hall of Fame & Museum. These local items now reside in the same museum as Chief Geronimo’s bow.