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Terry Reilly

Terry ReillyInducted into the Australian Archery Hall of Fame - 25 February, 2012

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 open age event when he was 17 years of age.

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, taking out the Best All Round Archer Award in that year.

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 (pictured, about to attend the Victorian Championships, which was the 1976 Olympics selection event) 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.

Terry was part of the winning team at the prestigious 1975 Monaco Cup. The team comprised Terry, with fellow South Australians John Dabovich and Colin Howarth.

At Club and State administration level, Terry held a number of positions. In his Club they included 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 Kosmala (nee Richards) and Natalie Cordowiner 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 headed up the Committee which organised the World Championships held in Adelaide in 1987. This was the first time an elimination event had been held at a World Championships. 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 FITA 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 series.

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.

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.

Until retiring in April, 2012, Terry was CEO of Yachting SA. He was also a Board Member of Sport SA, 2009-2013.

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


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