Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jan Holmes



Jan Holmes: Administrator, Coach and Archer

 Under the influence of her husband Gary, Jan became interested in taking up archery herself.

A short time later they went shopping for an eternity ring and came home with a plastic Daco longbow for herself and Ben Pearson compound for Gary, but no ring! Three weeks later she progressed to a Bear compound which proved too cumbersome and was followed by a Jennings (compound) shortly after and that cemented her future in the sport.

 Now both having compound bows, Jan and Gary needed somewhere to shoot and in November of 1977 they became foundations members of the North Albert Bowhunters Club. Quite obviously the progression from bow ownership to foundation member of a club was one that entailed countless hours of work in obtaining land, facilities and an administrative framework to run the Club. Jan joined ABA at its inception (member number 16) and has held continuous membership ever since

 During the initial years of the club Jan held various administrative positions until taking on the role of President in 1979 which in fact recognized her as the first female President of any ABA Club up until that time.  As Jan and Gary moved house over the years they became members of Tweed Bowmen, Grange Bowmen and Wide Bay Archers. At each of these Clubs Jan undertook various administrative roles including Secretary, Treasurer Canteen Convener, Club coach (participated in the inaugural Level I Coaching Seminar in 1986) and most recently Publicity Officer for the Wide Bay Club (2010).

 During her time serving clubs administratively, Jan also served the South Queensland Branch of ABA for a two year term as Treasurer (1992 to 1993) as well as beginning her long term relationship with the Australian Bowhunters Association National Executive. In 1979 Jan was elected to the position of Membership Secretary for ABA, and in the following year also held the position of General Secretary until that position was filled. Jan continued as Membership Secretary through to 2004, a period of 24 years (with just a short break during 1985).

 In 1986 Jan was one of three Executive Officers involved in the computerization of the Association’s records. Jan continued to contribute in a leadership role in converting the hand-written records to an Electronic Macintosh Data Base. Then conversion again from Macintosh to an IBM format which considerably enhanced the productivity and professionalism of the Membership Data Base.

 Back in the early days prior to computers, nominations for competitions were undertaken by hand and the number of competitors sometimes were in excess of 380.  It was very time consuming, sometimes compiling scores until late in the night and then having to get up the next day to compete, but Jan always took it in her stride.

 As a consequence of her untiring involvement in the administration of the sport over a 24 year period, Life Membership of the Association was awarded in 2004 for her exceptional service and expertise provided to the sport.

 In 1985 Jan also received the Sports Australia Award of Administrator of the Year and in 1992 the Rotary Club of Australia awarded her Administrator of the Year for services to the students at the University of Queensland.

Jan was not only an outstanding administrator in the sport, but also an extraordinary archer which is evidenced by her accomplishments at Club, Branch, State, National and International Tournaments. Her success ranges across a number of bow disciplines as well as the different competition formats.

 On the National scene, she competed in 21 continuous ABA National Championships from 1979 winning eleven National Titles in the Women’s Barebow Division (including six in row), seven times placing second and third on one occasion. With the IFAA National Events, she won sixteen Australian Titles and was placed second once and third on three occasions.

 On the International front, Jan’s achievements are again outstanding achieving Australian representation on eleven occasions.  At World Field Archery Tournaments, she has won three gold, one silver and one bronze as well as two fourth placings. At Pan Pacific’s she attained three Gold and two fourth placings.

 In 1986 she was Assistant Team Manager to the Australian team attending the World Field Archery Championships held in Scotland and at the 1993 Pan Pacific Field Archery titles held in New Zealand she attended as both Team Coach and competitor.

 The highest Award within Field Archery Australia is the Grand Masters Award and in the late 1980’s Jan achieved this goal to join a select few that have reached this pinnacle of the sport.

Since the Masters Games concept including ABA member’s participation, Jan has competed wherever possible in these Games throughout Australia and always attained Gold Medals in her respective division.

 Over the 35 continuous years of Jan’s participation in the sport of field archery she has also given up her time to advertise and promote archery through appearing at High School Sports Award nights as a guest speaker and on regular promotional media presentations.

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