National Recurve Program

National Recurve Program

The Archery Australia National Recurve Program (NRP) is the most recent iteration of the previous National High Performance Program (NHPP) which better reflects Archery Australia’s current strategy which is delivery of programs to ultimately produce Recurve Archery Champions at benchmark events including World Archery Championships and Olympic Games, and Champions at the World Archery Youth Championships.

The purpose of the NRP is to provide a system of support for Archery Australia’s leading Recurve archers in a structured, sequential and transparent manner that enables the athletes to be the best Archers that they can be. The NRP will have three distinct components:

  • National Squad
  • National Development Squad
  • National Youth Squad

The NRP consists of three squads of athletes that provides a clearly structured pathway which athletes are able to progress through as they further develop their skills and performances. The entrance criteria for each of these tiers has been designed to align with Sport Australia’s Athlete classification strategy meaning that athletes are eligible to receive more support as they progress through the tiers. Athletes are able to enter the program at any level, National, Development or Youth, provided they meet the published selection criteria.

National Squad

Tier 1

Men 670

Women 655

World Class – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC have demonstrated their ability to challenge or have actually achieved a recent podium position in top International Competition.
Tier 2

Men 660

Women 645

International – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC are competitive in international competition and have the potential to progress to World Class within the next two years.
Tier 3

Men 650

Women 635

National – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC are competitive at the National Level and are ready for international exposure under direction of the High Performance Unit.


National Development Squad

Tier 4

Men 640

Women 625

Development – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC are considered to be emerging and have the potential to progress through the tiers in the coming years due to demonstrated commitment.

National Youth Squad

Youth Squad – Junior

Men 630

Women 610

Junior – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC have demonstrated the potential to progress through to the Development Squad in the coming years.
Youth Squad – Cadet

Men (60m) 640

or (70m) 612

Women (60m) 615

or (70m) 582

Cadet – Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC have demonstrated the potential to progress through to the Development Squad in the coming years.


In addition to the three squad components of the NRP, the Paris24 Pathways Program provides an opportunity for accelerated growth for athletes selected in the program. It is expected there will be a strong connection between the programs and the majority of athletes will also be selected in an NRP squad. The Paris24 Pathways Program is funded independently of the NRP by the AIS Performance Pathways Unit. For information on the P24 Program please click here (Click Here).

Applications to join the NRP

Athletes wishing to apply for the NRP should firstly obtain a copy of the NRP policy (Click Here) and review it carefully paying special attention to the performance requirements, eligibility requirements and expectations of athletes in the program. The program is demanding and requires dedication, commitment and time. Only athletes who are willing to make that commitment should apply.

Each year a national event will be identified or an NRP Trial held, for athletes wishing to be considered for selection. When considering athlete applications, performance at this event will be taken into account along with scores from any QRE’s and international competitions in the previous 12 months.

Due to the very unusual circumstances in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, the HPC will take into account all international scores from 2019 and QRE scores from July 1 2019. All members of the 2020 NHPP will be provided with discretionary selection into one of the National Squads.

Archery Australia’s High Performance Committee (HPC) will review the membership of the NRP on a six month basis. At this time the HPM will (a) review any applications to join the NRP and (b) review the performances and compliance of existing NRP athletes. Recommendations will then be forwarded to the HPC for endorsement. Once this process is complete all athletes will receive formal correspondence confirming the outcome of their application and/or their current status in the NRP.

An expression of interest form for the 2021 NRP is available here (Click Here) and must be submitted to by COB 23 October 2020.