My first foray into an administrative role was serving as Scottish Archery President from 2005 – 2007 and I’m pleased to have been asked to serve as Board Member without Portfolio on the current board. Scottish Archery has taken huge steps in the recent years to become a recognised and relevant sporting organisation and I think it is essential that we continue moving along this path. In the current world, sporting bodies either take this route or are destined to be side-lined and reduced to a quirky minority sport that might appear on The One Show occasionally. I only hope that I can contribute to this progress.
I took up archery in 1997. After standing in a field every weekend of the summer for a year watching my daughters shoot, the local club (Links Archers Montrose) suggested that I might as well stand with a bow in my hand. I shot competitively from then until 2011 when injury stopped me competing. Initially I shot recurve, but switched to compound in 2002 and represented Scotland the following year at the British Outdoors, although I remained on Scottish Squad for the next few years this was my only representative honour.
I qualified as a club coach in 2003 and my coaching highlight, was being selected by the Scottish Archery to be assistant coach to the 2010 Commonwealth team in Delhi. I was also employed by Commonwealth Games Scotland from 2009 - 2010 as Archery Team Leader, carrying out site visits and all the other preparatory work involved in taking a team to an international multi-sport event.
I took up judging in 2002 and worked through the ranks qualifying as National Target Judge in 2009 and National Field Judge a four years later. I’ve judges many National competitions, but the highlights were judging the international at Stoke Mandeville and being a technical official at the London Paralympic Games in 2012.