Archery Guyana

Archery, from Latin arcus. is one of the oldest arts still practiced. Historically archery has been used for hunting and combat. Evidence of ancient archery has been found throughout the world. In modern times, its main use is that of a competitive sport and recreational activity. Competitive archery is Target Archery and involves shooting arrows at a target from a set distance or distances. A form particularly popular in Europe and America is field archery, shot at targets generally set at various distances in a wooded setting.

Para-Archery is an adaptation of archery for athletes with a disability.

Target Archery is contested internationally at the following events:

  • Olympics


Archery first appeared in the Olympic Games in 1900 and was contested again in 1904, 1908, and 1920. Women competed in the 1904 Olympics, making archery one of the first sports to include women.

Archery was re-introduced to the Olympic program in 1972 with individual events for men and women. In Seoul 1988, the team competition was introduced to the medal program. Barcelona 1992 was the first time that archery featured the exciting head-to-head elimination competition.

  • World Championships


World Archery has held World Championships since 1931. Competitions were held in four events: an individual event for men and women and a team event for men and women from 1931 to 1993.

In 1995 the Compound Bow Division was added for men and women and for men's and women's teams.

Target World Championships were organised every single year until 1959 (with a few exceptions), but since then they have been held every two years only.

The first World Field Championships were held in 1959, but the second championship was not held until ten years later. World Field Championships are now organised every two years.

World Indoor Championships is a recent competition. The first organised World Indoor Championships took place in 1991.

1991 was the first World Youth Championships, in Sandefjord, Norway. The Compound Division and the Olympic Round head-to-head format were introduced for the 1994 Championships, in Roncegno, Italy.

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Archery is practiced and contested by all age ranges, genders and abilities.  It is a very social sport and provides the opportunity to, shoot in a social setting and participate, should you want, in friendly competitions. It is very family-oriented and you can find males and females, young and old, able and disabled all shooting and competing together.

If you’re seeking a technical challenge, you will find intensity, focus, dedication and discipline are as important in archery as precision and accuracy in shooting.

Archery is a sport that provides a balance between fun and health no matter your age or ability.

The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation is set to become the first archery sporting body in Guyana. We are aware of numerous Guyanese with an interest in archery and we have embarked upon activities to provide the necessary structure and facilities necessary to promote and develop this magnificent sport.

The Next Step

You may now be interested in Archery. Well your next steps are simple. Firstly, become a member of the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation.  New shooters will be required to take an orientation seminar before taking part in the events. If you are already affiliated to a World Archery affiliated organisation you will soon find the schedule on the website Register with us for which event you want to attend (Indoor and Outdoor). See you out there.

World Archery Barbados’ Coaches arrive in Guyana to assist Archery Guyana

Pursuant to the recent collaboration between the two regional entities, both of which are duly affiliated to the international governing body, World Archery Foundation and World Archery Americas, World Archery Barbados made the necessary arrangements to provide Archery Guyana with the assistance of four (4) coaches, intended to aid in the further development of local Archers.

Mr Ronald Field, Mr. Thomas Field, Ms. Rebecca Wiltshire and Mr. Dwayne Grovesnor arrived this afternoon to conduct coaching/training sessions with Archery Guyana this weekend.

Archery Guyana meets with Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton

On Wednesday 25th October, 2017, Directors of Archery Guyana paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton at the Ministry’s headquarters on Main Street.

During the visit they discussed with the Honourable Minister Norton their plans for the future and gave an update as to the progress of Archery Guyana thus far. A proposed Junior Archery Programme, Schools Programme and Para-Archery Propgramme was discussed. Plans are also being made to pursue more Outreach programmes.

Archery Guyana / Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs collaboration Indigenous Heritage Games 2017 (Archery)

Archery Guyana has once again partnered with the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs to help to run off their archery competition at this year’s Indigenous Heritage Games which will be held at the Everest Cricket Club Ground, Carifesta Avenue and Camp Road.

Hoping to make it even bigger than last year, this year’s games will follow a much more traditional format, and the archery competition would also fall into that category, therefore the archers coming from the various regions (both male and female) would bring their own archery equipment, along with what the Ministry and Archery Guyana would also provide.



On Friday 31st March, 2017, Archery Guyana received some useful equipment to aid in the Training and Practice Sessions for this discipline.

The presentation was made by Deputy Director Mr. Brian Smith at the NSC’s Office on Homestretch Avenue to President Mrs. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon in the presence of Chairman of the Archery Task Force, Mr. Nicholas Hing, and Directors Dr. Pravesh Harry and Mr. David Dharry.

Archery Guyana wishes to again express gratitude to the National Sports Commission for its pledged and kind support for the National Archery Development Programme. Mr. Hing commented that “this equipment will not only help boost training for our local archers, but will also prevent damage to archery equipment”.

GSSF/Archery Guyana Benefits From More Archery Expertise

The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation / Archery Guyana recently collaborated with Mr. John Annel of the Barbados Archery Association(B.A.A.) who visited Guyana for a short period. Mr. Annel, who is a member athlete of World Archery Barbados and past-President of the B.A.A. and Level 2 Coach was very happy to share his archery expertise with the members of Archery Guyana, in order to help raise the standard in Guyana.

GSSF/Archery Guyana full swing for 2017

The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation / Archery Guyana recently reported on the vibrant Archery activities which have commenced since January, 2017.

Chairman of the Archery Committee, Mr. Nicholas Hing, reported at the Foundation’s recently held AGM that both Indoor and Outdoor Archery practice sessions are ongoing on a weekly basis.


Closing Ceremony and presentation of trophies for Indigenous Heritage Games 2016: Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation/Archery Guyana’s Finals Outdoor Archery Competition

The curtain came down on the Indigenous Heritage Games in the wee hours of Monday morning, September 19, 2014 after the final football match between Region 1-Mabaruma and Region 9-Tabatinga at the Everest Cricket Club Ground.

Junior Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister, Valerie Garrido-Lowe was present along with Mr. John Ramsingh who announced the winners. The presentation of trophies for the winners of the Indigenous Heritage Archery Competition 2016, was made by GSSF/Archery Guyana Chair Mr. Nicholas Hing.