National Compound Coach Appointment
Archery Australia are pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Turner as the National Compound Coach.
Robert comes into the role with extensive coaching experience both on the domestic stage and internationally, including the Head Coach role with Chinese Taipei, as well as coaching roles within the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Over the last few years, Robert has been working to provide pathways for Australian archers overseeing several development programs, including the Regional Development Program. Robert will be working with the National Compound Squads and has proven experience at working with both developing archers and elite archers.
Robert Turner commented, ‘This is of course a great privilege and I know I have some enormous shoes to fill with Dr Jim Park stepping down after so many years of service.
I have been involved in the sport for many years now and have experience in coaching compound archers from a range of countries to a very high level. I have so represented Australia internationally with both the compound and recurve bow. I have tried to hit the ground running and am already working on prioritizing the scope of work for this year and looking towards the future as well to really help build our programming for compound archers into the future’
Robert has taken on the volunteer role alongside his current role as National Pathways Manager for 2023.
Archery Australia, President Melissa Mongan, ‘it’s extremely exciting to have a person with Robert’s coaching experience take on this important volunteer role. His commitment and experience are going to be a huge asset to the National Compound Squads. On behalf of the board, we thank Dr James Park for his incredible amount of work and service to the High-Performance Compound Community and the wider archery community as a whole.
Archery Australia are working to increase our resources into the Compound High Performance area, in 2022 we invested more than ever before into teams travelling overseas. This is something we will continue to enact moving forward as we strive to achieve our strategic directions to support all categories of archers as they aspire to international competition. In addition we will be seeking opportunities to subsidise this coaching role as we move into 2024 and beyond’.
The 2023 Calendar is a busy year on the international stage, with several international tournaments, including the 2023 World Championships in Berlin, Germany in July.