A South West Spotlight – Archers of Warrnambool

Archers of Warrnambool committee member Denise Burrell in action at the club’s outdoor range. She’s driving a project to increase female participation at the club.
Pictures: Anthony Brady, WARRNAMBOOL STANDARD

If you’re a woman looking for a sport to do when the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions ease once again, archery might be the one to target.

The Archers of Warrnambool had less than 10 members two years ago and now has more than 60. A south-west club on the rise the Warrnambool Archers have about a third of members that are women and they are keen to even up the gender balance.

The 2019 Amazon Sports Star Awards Club of the Year Archers of Warrnambool have not let a pandemic get in the way of some awesome future planning for the club. In June it was announced the club was successful in receiving the VicHealth Active Club Grant plus an additional $2000 to become a This Girl Can VIC Campaign Supporter.

The Archers of Warrnambool plan on using this grant to encourage more women to get involved in the sport. This Girl Can Vic is about empowering Victorian women to get active without worrying about judgement, gender stereotypes or skill level.

Archers of Warrnambool committee member Denise Burrell was thrilled to hear the club’s funding application had been successful. “The main message is we’ll be targeting women who want a fun time trying a new sport” she said.

The club has plans to host some introductory sessions for women once the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions allowed. The program has been named the ArchANGELS. They will be targeting groups of women who normally wouldn’t try a new sport due to being time-poor. Most importantly they want to make the ArchANGELS program something that’s fun and social so women really feel welcome and want to come along.

To keep up to date with the ArchANGELS program as well as all the other programs being ran by the Archers of Warrnambool make sure you check out their facebook page HERE