Saturday, August 19, 2017

Terry Reilly

Terry_REILLY_smlTerry Reilly: Administrator, Coach and Archer

 Terry commenced archery in 1960 at Adelaide Archery Club. He started shooting (against advice) left handed with a right handed bow but soon changed when all other beginners were beating him.

As a junior he won many State and National Junior Championships. Terry won his first State Senior event when he was 17 years of age. During his competitive shooting career he won eight National titles: four as Target Champion in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1977, three as Field Champion in 1973, 1974 and 1977 and Clout Champion in 1977 in which year he took out all three titles.

Terry competed in four World Championships, the first in 1973 at Grenoble in Switzerland where he placed ninth. In 1975 he travelled to Interlaken in Switzerland placing 32nd and two years later competed in Canberra where he was 16th and a member of the men’s team which placed fifth. 1981 saw Terry in Italy where he placed 43rd and 12th as part of the men’s team. He also competed in two Olympic Games being Munich in 1972 placing 15th and Montreal in 1976 where he was 26th. He was also selected for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Additionally, during his International career he competed in and won a number of FITA events.

At club and State administration level, Terry held a number of positions in his club including that of President, Field Captain and Club Coach.

He was instrumental in developing the State Coaching Program and coached a number of State, National and Olympic archers during his time as State Coach. Terry also worked with paralympians Libby Richards (Kosmala) and Natalie Cordawiner training them for their events.

 He represented Archery SA on the SA Olympic Committee from 1982 to 1983 and was Archery SA Publicity Officer during 1983 and 1984, Vice President 1983 to 1986 and also contributed articles to "Shooting Lines" magazine.

Terry’s contribution as an administrator to the sport at a National and International level is vast. As an event manager, he organised the World Championships held in Adelaide in 1987, which was the first time an elimination event had been held at that level. He was also the Venue and Competition Manager for Archery at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics.

In 2001, he was appointed to the position CEO of Archery Australia during which time AA was restructured to a more "business like" organisation and developed a relationship with the Australian Institute of Sport for future high level development.

Terry was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the International Archery body (FITA) in 2002, a position he held until 2005. During his time in Lausanne, Terry worked with the council to ensure that archery was retained in the Olympic Games. He also promoted "Centres of Excellence" worldwide and gained council approval to commence a World Cup.

In 1993 Terry was awarded the Silver Plaquette by Archery Australia for his distinguished service to the sport and this was followed by a Gold Plaquette in 2000 and in 2001 Terry’s service to archery on an International level was recognised by the awarding of the FITA Silver Plaquette.

His involvement in the 2006 Asian Games and the preparation for the 2009 World Masters Games also contributed to the success of these archery events.

Currently, Terry shoots a compound bow and is the Groundsman and Librarian at Adelaide Archery Club.

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