Hall of Fame

Scottish Archery launched our Hall of Fame in 2014. 

The Hall of Fame recognises those members of the organisation who have been an inspiration to the sport over a prolonged period and who are recognised as having achieved a standard that should be seen as an aspiration by our members.

Derek Sangster

There is hardly a corner of our sport that Derek has not been involved in at some level as since taking up archery in 1977.  Since then he has been a club founder, a coach and a judge - mentoring and training many to follow in his footsteps - and also served in governance roles with Archery GB and Scottish Archery - even coming out of retirement to support the new Scottish Archery board in 2013.

Derek's experience and knowledge made him ideal person to play a key organisational role in the lead up to the Archery World Cup finals in Edinburgh in 2010 - liaising with World Archery, Archery GB, Edinburgh City Council and Scottish Archery.

Derek’s fairness, impartiality, commitment, knowledge, good manners and dedication have been inspirational to all who followed him and so, more than 35 years after he first started archery , Derek is truly deserving of 1st place in the Scottish Archery Hall of Fame. Read the full story.

Jim Buchanan

Jim Buchanan has shot at the highest level in an archery career spanning over 35 years .

He first started archery in 1966 as part of his rehab after falling from a roof which left him paralysed from the waist down . After a career in weight lifting, in which he won multiple world titles, in 1974 he took up archery seriously. He quickly moved up the ranks and became the first disabled archer to shoot in the able bodied Scottish squad.

JIm shot in five Paralympics : - 1984 - New York – One Silver, One Bronze; 1992 - Barcelona; 1996  – Atlanta; 2000 – Sydney; 2004 – Athens.  He also won medal in many major events around the world.

Throughout all this time he became a highly respected archer, always willing to give his time to help others progress and is and one of Britain’s finest ambassadors for archery. Awarded an MBE after New York and winner of the Archery GB Gussy Trophy, awarded to the Wheelchair Archer of the Year, in 2009.

Jim Buchanan Scottish Archery Hall of Fame
Simon Needham shooting for Scotland in Delhi

SImon Needham

Simon Needham first tried archery when he was 7  His hard work and dedication to training saw him get selected for GB Squad and he went on to represent Team GB from 1997- 2008 as well as continuing to  represented Scotland from 1989 – 2010.  In 2011 he was ranked 11th in the World.

Scottish Outdoor Champion from 2004 to 2007 and Indoor Champion from 2004-2008. He maintained a top 10 ranking in the UK from 2001 to 2010 being 1st or 2nd from 2001 to 2006

International events saw him win many medals and achieve high placings: - European silver team in 2004; 7th at World Championships 2001; 17th at the Olympic Games in 2000; 2nd at Brazilian champs 2003.  Scottish representation included a 2nd at the Commonwealth Cup in 2006 both Individual and Scottish Team and represented Scotland at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. His 1326 for a 1440 is still a Scottish record.

He has written two world renowned books, one to inspire performance archers and one on equipment set-up and tuning and continues to be a  great role model for the sport and an inspiration for others – helping out at squads and workshops and giving talks at archery clubs/seminars and helping coach at local school and university clubs.

Simon is continuing his love of inspiring others by guiding and supporting youngsters from his local school who are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme while taking them on expeditions.

John Murray

Prior to acquiring his disability ,John was an active sportsman who became inspired by what he saw during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 1992 where an amputee archer shot an arrow that lit the Olympic/Paralympic flame.

Introduced to the sport in 1994 using a recurve bow, John changed to the compound bow in 1998 and quickly established his reputation being one of a few to have their first international experience at a Paralympic Games - in John's case in Atlantic in 1996. 

In 2000 he won a gold medal at the World Championships in New Zealand. Two years later, in 2002, he was a member of the GB gold medal winning team at the European Championships in Poland; following that up with a GB team silver at the World Championships in Madrid in 2003. In 2005 he repeated his performance of 2002 with a gold medal at the World team event in Italy. 

John has been the top disabled archer with a compound bow in Great Britain since 1998 with a 1440 score of 1364. Though one of the quiet men of disability sport there is no doubt that he is a true champion overcoming long periods of illness and excessive pain to be an outstanding world champion and a great credit to Scotland and Great Britain.

John Murray with some of his medals - July 2006

Bob Provan

Bob Provan’s many achievements and contributions to Scottish Archery include:


  • Involved in Archery in Scotland for around 30+ years, a long term member of Links Archery Club
  • He became a Coach about 15 years ago and actively worked with Clubs as such with Links
  • Was Chair of SAA for one 3 year term from 2005
  • Was Assistant Team Manager at the 2006 Commonwealth Cup in India and was Scottish Archery Team Manager for the Commonwealth Games in India 2010
  • Currently represents Scottish Archery at Commonwealth Games Scotland meetings
  • Became a Judge about 12 years ago and progressed through ranks to become a National Judge in 2008/9. Was of great help to Scottish Judging by keeping Judges up to date with World Archery (FITA) decisions and rule changes and interpretations.
  • Has been a strong advocate of judging standards in Scotland and has been a very strong and positive influence on judging across the UK

Kate Murray

Olympic Games Attended:

London 12, Beijing 08

Kate first tried Archery after a friend bought her a training session as a Christmas present. She enjoys the inclusive nature of the competition, and she has now been competing for over nine years. She trains with Eastcote House and Border Bowmen. Kate’s greatest achievement to date was winning bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Cheongju, Korea.

At London 2012, Kate finished in the top 10 of the women's Individual Recurve (W1/W2) and placed 7th in the Team event which also featured team-mates Leigh Walmsley and Sharon Vennard. 

Kate celebrated her 64th birthday on the opening day of competition at London 2012 and was the oldest member of ParalympicsGB.

In addition to Archery, Kate has a keen interest in Equestrian sport and used to compete in horse driving trials. She also enjoys Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • Women's Individual Recurve (W1/W2): rd of 16
    Women's Team Recurve (Open): 7th
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
  • Women’s Individual Recurve (W2): 12th
    Women’s Team Recurve (Open): 8th
  • 2011 World Championships, Turin, Italy
  • Women’s Team Recurve (Open): 6th
  • 2010 European Para-Archery Championships, Vichy, France
  • Mixed Team Recurve (Open): silver
  • 2010 AAE Arizona Cup, Phoenix, USA
  • Women’s Individual Recurve (W2): gold
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games – Delhi
  • Represented Team Scotland in Delhi
  • 2009 IPC World Championships, Nymburk, Czech Republic
  • Women’s Individual Recurve (W2): 16th
  • 2009 IPC European Grand Prix, Stoke Mandeville, UK
  • Women’s Individual Recurve (W2): bronze

Sandy Gregory

Sandy Gregory’s numerous achievements include:


  • Paralymics New York 1984 – Bronze medal


  • Paralympics – South Korea 1988 – Member of Team GB


  • Paralympics – Barcelona 1992 – Member of Team GB


  • Paralympics – Atlanta 1996 – Member of Team GB


  • Paralympics – Sydney 2000 – Member of Team GB


  • Paralympics – Athens 2004 – Member of Team GB


Numerous representations for Team GB over a couple of decades.


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