Archery is relatively young compared to the more established sports in Malaysia. Through there is a lack of documentation, it was likely that the sports might have taken root in this country during the early 60’s though the enthusiasm of a group of weekend archers who pursued it as a past time.
Make shift wooden stands were used them and target butts were homemade with cardboards held together by glue. The bows, arrows and the target faces were imported. But often, one had to be patient in waiting for them to arrive.
The early archers even faced hardships in getting a proper field for their weekend practices, which were normally held in school field through the generosities of some school principals. There were no proper trainers or coaches in the mid 60’s. Camaraderie’s were high. We all experimented with techniques and styles-learning from one and other, the juniors from the seniors. Hitting the 1000 points level was a great achievement and definitely called for celebrations.
At a later stage of development of the sports, archery clubs were set up mainly in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Taiping. These clubs formed the backbones of the newly incorporated National Archery Association of Malaysia (NAAM). Some of the pioneer archery clubs were:
Kuala Lumpur :
The Armed Forces Archery Association
The Selangor Bowmen
The Subang Archery Club
AABAC Archery Club
CRC Archery Club
Intel Archery Club
The Penang Port Commission Archery Club
The Penang Bowmen
CRC Archery Club
First NAAM President
o Tan Sri Dato’ DR. Arshad Ayob
First NAAM Secretary General
o Mr. Ng Soon Hong
First Medal win in SEA Games
o Sukan SEA Kuala Lumpur 1977
* 3 Perak
* 4 Gangsa
Pemanah- pemanah pada waktu itu adalah Dr. Cheng Jun dan Sherryl NG
First Gold Medal win in SEA Games
o Sukan SEA Hanoi, Vietnam 2003
o Perseorangan – Muhamad Marbawi bin Sulaiman
Muhamad Marbawi bin Sulaiman...
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