Athletes Corner

Athletes Corner

From the Athletes' Convenor


Therapeutic Use Exemptions

As you may or not know there are times we the athletes have to take prescribed or over the counter medicines for illness, pain, etc. A lot of these 'medications' are on a prohibited list that is updated from time to time by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ... READ MORE


Dietary Supplements


August 2013

As many of you may have heard, top cricketer Jesse Ryder was found guilty of taking a banned performance enhancing substance. His defence was that he was taking a supplement to help him lose weight and no banned substances were listed on the contents section.

Following scientific analysis which showed several such banned drugs were in the supplement, the Sports'  Tribunal noted Ryder did not take the drugs to enhance his playing performance. He was nevertheless banned for a specified period.

The clear and comprehensive interview with Prof Dave Gerrard of Otago School of Medicine, himself a former Commonwealth Games medal winning swimmer and one of the foremost world experts on sports anti-doping can be heard using this link.'s-positive-test-for-banned-substance

Carole A Hicks

National Secretary


July 2013

Dear Colleagues

WADA, World Archery, Drug Free Sport New Zealand and Archery New Zealand all remind athletes that some supplements can cause anti-doping rule violations through contamination.
We remind all athletes that you are personally responsible for what you put into your body, Archery New Zealand takes no responsibility for what any supplements may contain.

Carole A Hicks
National Secretary

Extract from Stuff NZ July 2013
Asafa Powell, the former 100-metre record holder, and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month. Their agent, Paul Doyle, contends something in the new supplements the sprinters were taking caused it."
"Asafa and Sherone have been tested more than 100 times each through their career ... and never turned in a positive test," Doyle told the AP in a phone interview. "Now they change their supplements and the first time they get tested, they have a positive test? It has to be something in those new supplements that has caused it. 
While the sprinters had been led to believe everything they were taking was untainted, --- the athletes should have been more responsible about which supplements they used.
"In hindsight, we should've been given a list, made sure we got a list - we didn't have the ingredient list."




Selection Process.

You should all be aware by now that Archery NZ is operating a new selection process. By adhering to the policies that we have set we are raising the calibre of our NZ teams.
For each International tournament, a selection criteria has been established. This will identify a time line, and minimum scores required.
These can be found on the website: neighbourhood/selection policies.
The first step in the process for the archer is to notify us of the tournaments you wish to be considered for.
It can be found on the website under: neighbourhood/selection application. This is sent to the selection panel.
(If we do not respond to you that we have received this within 2 days please contact us immediately.)                           
Once an archer has met the criteria for the required tournaments, they complete a selection application form. This can be found on the website under: neighbourhood/selection policies/Archery NZ International Event Selection Registration Form.
On this form you need provide evidence of scores and tournaments these were achieved. These can be posted or emailed to the Vice President. Please make sure all the necessary information is attached, as it will delay the application if we have to verify data.
Once the selection panel has reviewed the applications it makes a recommendation to the board, who will notify archers of the decision.
Thank you for your cooperation with this process.
Selection Panel



From the Athletes' Convenor...

February 2012

Here we are again, so soon and being asked for another article for our archers.
Since the outdoor season has kicked off and we are entering into what is shaping up to be a long hot summer, I thought covering some of the basics as a reminder to those seasoned archers and also information for new and junior archers may be useful.

Firstly the subject of Hydration.
If we are doing FITA's (now known as WA's – not used to that yet!) many of us are out there for a long day, perhaps 6 hours, maybe longer. Fluids are extremely important!
Hypo-hydration or dehydration (total body water below normal) impairs the body's ability to regulate heat (through sweating) resulting in increased body temperature and an elevated heart rate. Heart rate is something we need to control during archery. Perceived exertion from this faster heart rate causes the archer to feel more fatigued than usual. Mental function is also reduced which can have negative implications for our motor control, decision making and concentration, again all of these aspects are vital to archery. Negative effects have been detected when fluid deficits are as low as 2%, this is not a lot.
When we talk about fluids we are not talking about the coffee or tea you may have had or the other drinks containing caffeine, the beer or wine or soft drinks you may have consumed the night before, we are talking water or electrolyte/isotonic drinks (sports drinks).
The good news is that by drinking regularly during any type of exercise, athletes, and in this case archers can prevent the declines in concentration and skill level, improve perceived exertion, prevent excessive elevations in heart rate and body temperature and improve their performance.
So, how much do we need to drink? This can vary widely. Bigger people need more than smaller people, fitter people tend to sweat earlier and more, some people just sweat more than other, humidity causes more fluid loss, higher air temperature will cause more fluid loss and so on. The we add in how much in the way of fluid filled foods you have eaten (fruits & vegetables) and how many dehydrating beverages you have consumed. So it is not as easy as saying “8 Glasses of water a day”.
I would suggest that the first thing you do on the morning of a shoot is drink some water, 1-2 glasses do this before you have your coffee or tea so you rehydrate the body from the night before. Drink before shooting and then take regular sips of water or sports drinks during the competition rather than trying to load up again during lunch. If you start to feel headachy, tired, get cramps, your urine is darker in colour or your stop sweating then you need to drink more.
Electrolyte drinks or sports drinks are also beneficial if it is hot as they will provide you with some essential sodium and potassium which you will be loosing, just avoid the very sweet ones that are high in sugars. If you don't want to spend lots of money on electrolyte drinks then you can make your own. 1 litre of filtered water, ¼ tsp sea salt and ½ tsp of raw honey. Let is dissolve and Voilà! You have an electrolyte drink. Don't forget to continue to re-hydrate at the end of the day – especially if you have another day of shooting coming up.

Don't forget your sunscreen! Even if it is overcast or the day starts out as wet – make sure you have your sunscreen on or at least with you. Weather can change over the course of the day and we should all know by now just how harsh our sun is. I find the gel based ones good as they do not leave your hands slippery compromising your grip. You can also look at some of the brands of “Compression Clothing”. These can keep you warm or cool depending on the weather, help with circulation and getting oxygen to the muscles and they can also keep the sun off your arms which are hanging out there in it all day! The other bonus is that they don't get in the way of your bow string. Most brands come in white which is better for reflecting the heat.

Food is a very individual thing and very dependant on an individuals metabolism, activity levels, genetics etc. Keeping it simple, think about having a good breakfast in the morning which includes some complex carbohydrates for quicker acting energy and some protein for longer lasting energy. Eggs on toast, beans on toast, omelette, protein shake, cereal fruit and yogurt etc, but not the big fry up or big breakfast you may be attracted to especially if you have travelled to a tournament. 
Take some snacks with you like dried fruit and nuts (trail mix) muslie bars that don't contain too much sugar or fat (something like the “One Square Meal” ones are good), fruit that is easy to eat (banana's, berries, stone fruit, apples etc). Try to avoid getting into the high sugar snacks early in the day as you energy will spike up and run out quickly and you will feel tired and grumpy even, keep these for the afternoon if you are starting to fade. I find before 30m is a good time for me – some jet planes, snakes or some dark chocolate to lift me until the end.
Take lunch. Doesn't sound hard, but rather than race around at lunchtime trying to find somewhere that has what you feel like, make you own the night before or in the morning. Again a mix of complex carbohydrates and a little protein will suit most, but also make sure it is not a BIG lunch otherwise all your energy goes into digesting it after lunch leaving you feeling tired and sluggish. Snacking during the shooting helps keep lunch to a moderate size that will be digested efficiently. And don't eat things you don't normally eat when you are training or shooting at your home range. Food your body is familiar with is the safest bet.
These are very general guidelines that should suit most of you, and for those who want more help or information, let me know.
Finally the most important thing – HAVE FUN!

Karen Moffatt-McLeod
Convenor, Athletes Commission


October 2011
Wow, the year seems to be flying by now. Worlds Championships in Italy have come and gone with some tightly fought matches for some of our New Zealand Team but disappointingly for them without some medal placings.
Our biggest success was to gain some reasonable funding for the World Champs Team to go towards their travel. Unfortunately our funding applications for were unsuccessful for our Youth World Championships Team who competed in Poland 22-28 August 2011.

Funding is one of those necessary evils for individuals and clubs as well as for Archery New Zealand. As funding supplied by SPARC is a small amount and is tagged for development only, our NZ Teams to date have had to pay all there own way apart from some event entry fees. Funding for Teams travelling overseas is more limited as most funding organisations will want any money allocated to be spent in New Zealand, thus limiting applications to travel and uniforms and realistically the ANZ Board can't apply and be successful for every round of the World Cup, World Champs, Youth Worlds, Trans Tasman and anywhere else we decided to have Teams competing each year as many other organisations are also competing for this money.

The other way for archers traveling overseas to compete is to look at what funding is available in your district. Sport Waikato and the local council have some grants available as do most other area's along with the usual Pub Charities, Lion Foundation, NZCT (trusts that have to allocate money from gaming machines in the hotels of your local trusts).  Individuals may need to approach their club to apply on their own behalf, so don't leave this to the last minute, think about it 3-4 months ahead so your clubs committee can organise it, you can supply the information they need and which organisations you want their help with – don't leave this up to them, club committees generally have enough work to do as it is.

Getting some local interest also benefits, stories in local papers, local radio etc will give you a profile and let people know what you are wanting to achieve. Running events in conjunction with your clubs as fund raisers – open days, getting high profile sporting personalities along to have “shoot offs” against the public for a small fee, the good old sausage sizzle – the local Mad Butcher will usually give clubs a good deal on sausages, raffles etc. Don't procrastinate and put it into the “too hard” “too much time/effort” basket.

This also brings on the dilemma many clubs have, particularly smaller clubs like mine – Mercury Bay Archery Club. Funding is absolutely essential for our survival. Dennis and I have often dipped into our own pockets to pay for things as well as the time we spend with beginners, coaching, mowing lawns, building/repairing target butts etc. Most of the funding organisations will not give you 100% of what you ask for – they like to see clubs make an effort to fund raise themselves, so again the suggestions above can help out as well as getting the support of local businesses. We approached businesses like Carters & Placemakers to donate wood to build new butts and offer to put a sign up on the butt . When you are a small club  membership fees are not going to pay for new equipment, repairs, mowing etc all the things we need to help attract more people.

I have been hearing from people in many organisations recently that money is tight and funding is hard to get and yes it is harder in these economic times, but while looking for funding organisations I came across loads that I had never heard of before, all are slightly difference in what they will fund or won't, so do your home work and don't forget to thank those that do help – an add in the local paper listing all the local businesses that have assisted you or your club doesn't cost much and write a report and send photo's into those other organisations when work is complete on your project.

Websites like also offer some great information.

If any archer or club wants some help let me know and I can point you in the right direction.

Roll on Youth World Championships and Archery World Cup Round 4 in Shanghai.

Karen Moffatt-McLeod

Athletes Commission

Archery New Zealand