Archery Club Structure:
Townsville PCYC archery is firstly an activity of the Townville PCYC. As such, club members carry PCYC insurance coverage for all archery activities conducted as a club member while under the direction of the club coach.
Some club members choose to affiliate with both the North Queensland Archery Association (NQAA) and Archery Australia (AA) so they can readily compete in open tournaments conducted elsewhere under the umbrella of AA's insurance provider, hence in addition to being a PCYC activity, Townsville PCYC then took the additional step of registering Townville PCYC archery with NQAA and AA so that it would be recognized by both those bodies as an "ordinary" archery club also.
PCYC Archery Membership Options:
Club members are thus in a unique position where they have the option to either compete for as long as they like at club level without the requirement of having to pay affiliation fees to both NQAA and AA (while still being fully insured by PCYC's insurance provider) or, if they choose to do so, they can pay NQAA and AA affiliation fees to receive the additional benefits of competing for national awards and badges.
Note: As most beginners take some time to obtain the skills required to win national badges/awards we recommend that beginners compete initially at club level and put off paying affiliation fees until it is likely that there is some benefit to be gained by them doing so.
Safety is taken very seriously, all coaching and club competition is conducted under the direction of an Archery Australia Level II coach and National Judge.
Archery began at the Townsville PCYC in 1999 under the auspices of the (then) branch manager, Sgt. Neale Porter, with John Skewes as the PCYC archery coach, and the founding members being Gisella Johnson, Janine Guyan, and Darren Parker.
Facilities for archery were then very basic and archery funds non-existent. Townsville City Council donated some safety signs (still in use) and witches hats, 'tripod' type target stands were made from scrap hardboard and Stramit boards (AARGH!) were being used as target butts for a short while until archery finances improved some - this improvement being due mainly to the hard work put in by the founding members (and others) fund-raising at the Townsville show. More tripod stands were then made from pine, and corrugated cardboard donated by Amcor replaced the stramit butts. A hand trolley was initially used to move the targets to and from the club-house ... but time and other things have moved on quite a bit since those days...