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.


Archery is open to athletes with a physical impairment, who may shoot with assistive devices allowed under classification rules, if required. Para archery competition, which includes specific competition categories for athletes with certain classifications, is an integral part of the Paralympic Games.


  On Monday 21st May, 2018, St Ignatius Secondary School in Lethem, Region 9 was the first school in Guyana to lead the way for introduction of Archery in Schools at a national level. Archery Guyana continues to spread it wings as two of its recently certified Level 1 Coaches from Region 9, Mr. Manley Polo Thomas and Ms. Shunette Thompson conducted an introduction session with of one the classes from the St Ignatius Secondary School.

ARCHERY GUYANA’s Inaugural Level 1 Archery Coaching Course starts on a promising note

 Sunday 29th April, 2018 marked a memorable day for Archery Guyana and Guyana as a whole when Coach Phillip Graves commenced his 8-day Level 1 Archery Coaching Course at the National Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue, Georgetown. Participants who came out bright and early for the intense start of the Course included members from Archery Guyana and other sports personnel from Regions 1, 4, 7, 8 and 9.  


WORLD ARCHERY AMERICAS collaborates with ARCHERY GUYANA : Coach Phillip Graves arrives for Guyana’s 1st Level 1 Archery Coaching Course

This afternoon, after a successful collaboration with World Archery Americas, Archery Guyana received renowned Coach, Mr. Phillip Graves who will conduct an 8-day Level 1 Archery Coaching Course commencing tomorrow. Participants include members from Archery Guyana and other sports personnel from Regions 1, 3, 8 and 9 who are here in Georgetown for the event after another successful collaboration with the National Sports Commission.

DEMERARA DISTILLERS LIMITED supports ARCHERY GUYANA as they prepare for Guyana’s 1st Level 1 Archery Coaching Clinic

 Archery Guyana’s getting set to host Guyana’s first-ever Level 1 Archery Coaching Course. After successfully collaborating with World Archery Americas, Archery Guyana was able to make arrangements for renowned international Coach, Mr. Phillip Graves to come to Guyana to conduct this 8-day Level 1 Archery Coaching Course which commences this weekend. Participants include members from Archery Guyana and other sports personnel from Regions 1, 3, 8 and 9 who have already started arriving in Georgetown after collaboration with the National Sports Commission.

Archery Guyana represented at the BOA Independence Invitational Games 2017


On the weekend of November 25-26, 2017 over 20 archers from across the Caribbean gathered in Barbados for the 2nd Annual Barbados Olympic Association’s Independence Invitational Games. The tournament was hosted by the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) in association with national sporting Foundations to commemorate Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence at two different locations: Coverlet Terrace, Bridgetown, and Codrington College, St. John, Barbados. Teams competing were from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guyana.