Club History

Northern Archers were formed in 1953 and have been at its present location since 1962 and is one of the largest archery clubs in NSW.

The range is nestled within Pennant Hills Park and is one of the best 7-days a week archery facility available.

Archery is a sport that anyone can take up from around 10 years of age. You can shoot socially and/or competitively as your skills improve. It's completely up to you. Club members are around to provide guidance and if it's coaching, you're after that can be arranged too.

Members of the public can access the range through our "Come and Try" sessions or Beginners classes only. Outside this, those shooting at the range must be financially current members of Northern Archers, or any affiliated Archery Australia or Archers Alliance accredited club.

 

Notable Members

 

Del Roache

From a humble junior archer, Dell Roache from Northern Archers, Sydney in a short period from 1954 to 1972 rose to become a household name in Australian Archery. Her amazing record of winning all NSW and Australian Target Championships from 1957 to 1972 with the exception of 1962 won by Alice Rumke of W.A. and 1972 Terry Donovan from QLD. Dell competed in three World Championships, Sweden, Holland and America. Today, almost 50  years since she retired from the sport with back problems, her name is still well remembered as one of our most famous Australian lady archers.

 

Margaret Ross

OAM 1982, awarded for Australian Paralympic archer. She competed at the 1972 Heidelberg Paralympics in the Women's FITA Round Open finishing 5th. At the 1976 Toronto Paralympics, she competed in archery and archery events. She teamed with John Kestel to win the gold medal in the archery Mixed Teams Open event. In 1982, she received a Medal of the Order of Australia for "service to the disabled particularly in the field of sport".

 

Scott Dumbrell

Whilst still under the age of 18 and competing in the Men’s Open Division, Scott won the Australian National Championships in 1979 - 80 to secure his place in the Australian Olympic team for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He placed 13th at World Archery Championships in 1979 West Berlin Germany and placed 26th at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Russia. Scott was the only Australian Archer in attendance at the 1980 event with no coach or manager with him. He attended both of these World Open Men's tournaments whilst still under the age of 18. A credit to his Club and Country.Thanks to Brian Cotter for details.

 

Phil Oliviero

Phil was everybody's friend...admired and respected by all who knew him. His commitment to his beloved Northern Archers was only exceeded by his enthusiasm to help people to excel and enjoy archery. Phil was an outstanding coach who sacrificed personal time to assist beginners and advanced archers constantly. He was proficient with sighted and barebow recurve, compound plus traditional longbow. His years of service in club management, working bees, and daily contributions to the archers and the sport of archery cannot be overstated.

 

Michael Naray

Sydney, Australia is an Olympic competitor for archery representing Australia. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing Naray finished his ranking round with a total of 658 points. This gave him the 30th seed for the final competition bracket in which he faced Jean-Charles Valladont in the first round, beating the French archer 108-106. In the second round, Naray was eliminated by Viktor Ruban (115-105), who would eventually win the gold medal. Together with Sky Kim and Matthew Gray he also took part in the team event. With his 658 score from the ranking round combined with the 665 of Kim and the 654 of Gray, the Australians were in 9th position after the ranking round. In the first round, they were defeated by eight seed Poland (223-218, the Poles had set the Olympic record with their 223 score). The Polish would not go on to progress further than the quarterfinals.

 

Nicholas Kyriazis

Nic as he is fondly called, has been practicing the sport since the age of 12. He started his training at Northern Archers, and when his family relocated from the suburb, he joined Sydney Olympic Park Archery (SOPA). Nic has now returned to NAOS since he lives nearby. Nic has won several awards and trophies in the sport, however one of his greatest achievements in the sport was winning the 2022 NSW State and the National Field Championships for Open Male Recurve held at Armidale. He also went on to win the 2022 Black Snake Field Championship for Open Male Recurve held at Liverpool. Given his success, Nic represented Australia in 2022 at the World Archery Field Championships In Yankton, USA. He ranked 14th overall from 250 participants. Nic is very focused and training very hard for an opportunity to represent Australia at the 2026 Olympics in Milan, Italy.