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Rosney “Ros” Johns

Ros was known throughout Australia by many archers, both in the senior and junior ranks.

Ros became interested in archery while living on Yorke Peninsula back in 1957.

When Ros and husband Basil moved to Kalgoorlie in WA, Ros’ involvement in archery really began. She worked in a sports store becoming Manager and promoting the archery side. Ros and Basil travelled to Perth and surrounding towns to compete in many tournaments, of which Ros won her fair share.

Moving back to Adelaide, Ros joined Eden Field Archers and then later went to Kidman Archers.

Because of the distance she had to travel, Ros helped set up and establish Southern Vales Archery Club, of which she was a member for 10 years and was made a Life Member in 1984 for services to the Club.

Ros joined Adelaide Archery Club in 1985 to be more actively involved with the JOAD scheme. Rosney’s other great love (beside Basil and archery) was the development of our State juniors. This devotion paid off when one of her “Juniors”, Simon Fairweather became the Senior Champion for 1987 in Perth.

During her 25 years’ involvement with archery, Ros competed both as a recurve archer and in later years as a compound archer. Ros won many tournaments during her career, one of the highlights being in the Nationals in Tasmania in 1980, when she won the Flight Championships with a new Aust. record of 537.82m.

In 1985, Ros won the State’s Best All-round Ladies Compound Archer award and then went on to win 2nd place in the Clout at the National Championships in Adelaide in 1986.

Rosney also devoted time and effort into establishing and assisting many of our country clubs.

Ros passed away peacefully in her sleep on 23 May, 1987 at Strathalbyn Hospital, after a struggle with cancer.

(Source: “Archery Action”, July/August, 1987)