Sport Specific Information


Sport Specific and Technical Information will be posted here as it is available starting in early 2019.

Sport Contacts
Head Office
BC Archery Association
(778) 241-2724


Created with flickr slideshow.

Archery dates back to prehistoric times as a tool for hunting and combat but it is now a popular recreational and competitive sport.  Part of the Olympic Games from 1900-1920, the sport was dropped from the program as there were no internationally recognized rules.  With the creation of the International Archery Federation (now called World Archery) in the 1930s, the sport gained credibility.  However, archery was not reintroduced to the Olympic program until 1972 when the individual competition was contested at the Summer Games.   The team event was added 16 years later in 1988.

Archery Facts

  • Indoor and outdoor competitions
  • Arrow speed 240 km/h
  • Quiver - bag to hold arrows
  • Shoot according to dominant eye
  • National sport of Bhutan

Archery has been part of the BC Games since its inception.  Originally part of the BC Summer Games, the sport moved to an indoor format at the BC Winter Games in 2006 to coincide with the national move to the Canada Winter Games.

The archery competition at the BC Winter Games features athletes in the Cadet category (15-17 years old by Dec 31 in the year of the Games) who compete in Barebow, Compound, and Recurve equipment categories. Competition is divided into 20 ends of 3 arrows each (FITA 18m).  Day 1 and Day 2 consist of an Indoor 18m (60 arrow) round on a 40cm target (vertical three spot or single face). The Day 1 and Day 2 total aggregate score is used to determine the top four contenders in each category for the Day 3 Match Play event.

Targets are marked with 10 spaced concentric rings, which have score values from 1 through 10 assigned to them.  In addition, compound class has a smaller 10 ring referred to as “Inner 10 scoring”, for this Indoor event.  Line breakers, an arrow just touching a scoring boundary line, will be awarded the higher score.


The British Columbia Archery Association is the organization responsible for developing the sport in the province and they have utilized the BC Winter Games as an opportunity to develop junior archers towards national and international competitions.