Thursday, August 17, 2017

Terry Donovan

terry-donavan_sml1Terry Donovan: Administrator, Coach and Archer

Terry has had 47 years of involvement with Archery Australia at International, State and Club level. She started shooting in 1964 in Toowoomba, after seeing fashion display models with archer,' equipment in one of the popular women's magazines of the day. She was a member of the Toowoomba Company of Archers until 1973.

 In 1970 yachtsman James Hardy came to Toowoomba to address local sports people about his experiences at the 1968 Olympics. As archery was about to be re-introduced to the Olympics after a break of 52 years, this inspired Terry to attempt to be selected for the Olympic Team to be sent to Munich. She achieved this goal, was the only woman selected and placed a very creditable 9th. After this she also competed at Moscow (1980) and Los Angeles (1984) and was nominated for Seoul (1988) but the AOC opted not to send a women's team.

 The people of Toowoomba are very proud of Terry as she was the first Olympian from that city, and a local park has been named in her honour. She was also awarded Darling Downs Sportsman of the year for a number of years. In 2000 she returned to Toowoomba to run a leg as an Olympic Torch Bearer.

 In addition to the Olympic representation, at an International level Terry competed at five World Target Archery Championships, three Asia Oceanic Target Archery Championships and also the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Terry was awarded an Archery Australia Silver Plaquette in 2003 in recognition of outstanding achievement in archery at National level.

 At the National Level, she competed in 34 National Championships and has won many National Titles in Target Field and Clout. In 1978 she was the first woman in Australia to gain the 1200 FITA Star. Terry’s achievements in competitive archery at Club through to International level are outstanding and rivalled by few whether male or female.

 Although Terry had some administrative positions at a State and Club level in her earlier years, since the end of her representative career she has become involved in administration and coaching. At present she is SQAS Secretary and Tournament Secretary. Terry has been a member of the Mt Petrie Bowmen since 1973, and has held several positions on the committee; at present she is Treasurer, a member of the coaching staff and Life Member of the Club. She has just completed a very successful task of being Volunteers Organiser for the Australian National Championships, held in Brisbane in May 2011.

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