Brendan Gaffney . . .
Coach and coordinator Brendan Gaffney is a partner in Archery Adventures. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience from a lifetime’s involvement in archery, including more than 10 years as a professional instructor and event organiser. Brendan has organised national championships and archery events for conference, corporate, youth and social groups, teaches beginners (adults and children) and coaches school squads. He started his son Eamonn and numerous people in their archery careers, and never fails to amaze others, including fellow archers, with his depth of archery knowledge and enthusiasm for the primeval sport of kings. Brendan is a Level 2 coach and a member of Archery New Zealand. "It's a privilege to introduce newcomers to the challenge
and be part of their success and gain in confidence ."
Eamonn Gaffney . . .
Eamonn's Robin Hood in the "X" at 35 metres in competition at the archery club.
Is a member of the New Zealand archery team. On a trip to Europe
in 2000 he top-scored at the British Junior Championship and at
the Grand National Archery Meeting, as well as making the cut at
the World Junior Championships. He has won titles at the New Zealand, Australian and United States National Championships. In 2005 he achieved the first-ever clean-sweep of all senior New Zealand championship events
(field, clout, target & matchplay), and in 2006 and 2007 he won three out of the four titles. Eamonn is a leading member of our instructor’s team. In his spare time he hunts with the bow and arrow.
"Archery has given me heaps of opportunity, unforgettable
experiences, fun and travel."
Mike Smerdon . . .
Has been in the sport for over 40 years. He's done everything there
is to do in archery.
"Although an ancient sport, archery has all the elements a
modern sport requires. This includes physical conditioning, medical
discipline, good flexibility and above all the ability to have fun."
John Young . . .
Has over 20 years experience as a competitor, administrator and
coach - his greatest satisfaction comes when he sees a newcomer
execute a well shot arrow.
"Archery is satisfying on many levels: history, skills and
knowledge; the beautiful parabolic flight of an arrow and the elegance
of a well executed shot; the competitive nature and discipline, the camaraderie and common purpose in the sport."
Liam Gaffney . . .
Liam provides the all-essential website and computer technical support for Archery Adventures, and has previously competed in archery events.
Gaylene Gaffney . . .
started archery in the late '60s, represented New Zealand, and nowadays continues her involvement with administration, instruction and event-management.
Joe Gaffney . . .
Joe is a former competitive club-level recurve archer, having started his competitive career in the Auckland Grammar School’s archery squad.
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