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Derek Sangster


There is hardly a corner of our sport that Derek has not been involved in at some level as since taking up archery in 1977.  Since then he has been a club founder, a coach and a judge - mentoring and training many to follow in his footsteps - and also served in governance roles with Archery GB and Scottish Archery - even coming out of retirement to support the new Scottish Archery board in 2013.

Derek's experience and knowledge made him ideal person to play a key organisational role in the lead up to the Archery World Cup finals in Edinburgh in 2010 - liaising with World Archery, Archery GB, Edinburgh City Council and Scottish Archery.

Derek’s fairness, impartiality, commitment, knowledge, good manners and dedication have been inspirational to all who followed him and so, more than 35 years after he first started archery , Derek is truly deserving of 1st place in the Scottish Archery Hall of Fame. Read the full story.


Jim Buchanan has shot at the highest level in an archery career spanning over 35 years .

He first started archery in 1966 as part of his rehab after falling from a roof which left him paralysed from the waist down . After a career in weight lifting, in which he won multiple world titles, in 1974 he took up archery seriously. He quickly moved up the ranks and became the first disabled archer to shoot in the able bodied Scottish squad.

JIm shot in five Paralympics : - 1984 - New York – One Silver, One Bronze; 1992 - Barcelona; 1996  – Atlanta; 2000 – Sydney; 2004 – Athens.  He also won medals in many major events around the world.

Throughout all this time he became a highly respected archer, always willing to give his time to help others progress and is and one of Britain’s finest ambassadors for archery. Awarded an MBE after New York and winner of the Archery GB Gussy Trophy, awarded to the Wheelchair Archer of the Year, in 2009.

Jim Buchanan
Simon Needham


Simon Needham first tried archery when he was 7  His hard work and dedication to training saw him get selected for GB Squad and he went on to represent Team GB from 1997- 2008 as well as continuing to  represented Scotland from 1989 – 2010.  In 2011 he was ranked 11th in the World.

Scottish Outdoor Champion from 2004 to 2007 and Indoor Champion from 2004-2008. He maintained a top 10 ranking in the UK from 2001 to 2010 being 1st or 2nd from 2001 to 2006

International events saw him win many medals and achieve high placings: - European silver team in 2004; 7th at World Championships 2001; 17th at the Olympic Games in 2000; 2nd at Brazilian champs 2003.  Scottish representation included a 2nd at the Commonwealth Cup in 2006 both Individual and Scottish Team and represented Scotland at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. His 1326 for a 1440 is still a Scottish record. (at time of writing)

He has written two world renowned books, one to inspire performance archers and one on equipment set-up and tuning and continues to be a  great role model for the sport and an inspiration for others – helping out at squads and workshops and giving talks at archery clubs/seminars and helping coach at local school and university clubs.

Simon is continuing his love of inspiring others by guiding and supporting youngsters from his local school who are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme while taking them on expeditions.


Prior to acquiring his disability, John was an active sportsman who became inspired by what he saw during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 1992 where an amputee archer shot an arrow that lit the Olympic/Paralympic flame.

Introduced to the sport in 1994 using a recurve bow, John changed to the compound bow in 1998 and quickly established his reputation being one of a few to have their first international experience at a Paralympic Games - in John's case in Atlantic in 1996. 

In 2000 he won a gold medal at the World Championships in New Zealand. Two years later, in 2002, he was a member of the GB gold medal winning team at the European Championships in Poland; following that up with a GB team silver at the World Championships in Madrid in 2003. In 2005 he repeated his performance of 2002 with a gold medal at the World team event in Italy. 

John has been the top disabled archer with a compound bow in Great Britain since 1998 with a 1440 score of 1364. Though one of the quiet men of disability sport there is no doubt that he is a true champion overcoming long periods of illness and excessive pain to be an outstanding world champion and a great credit to Scotland and Great Britain.

John Murray
Bob Provan


Bob Provan’s many achievements and contributions to Scottish Archery include:


  • Involved in Archery in Scotland for around 30+ years, a long term member of Links Archery Club

  • He became a Coach about 15 years ago and actively worked with Clubs as such with Links

  • Was Chair of SAA for one 3 year term from 2005

  • Was Assistant Team Manager at the 2006 Commonwealth Cup in India and was Scottish Archery Team Manager for the Commonwealth Games in India 2010

  • Represented Scottish Archery at Commonwealth Games Scotland meetings

  • Became a Judge about 12 years ago and progressed through ranks to become a National Judge in 2008/9. Was of great help to Scottish Judging by keeping Judges up to date with World Archery (FITA) decisions and rule changes and interpretations.

  • Has been a strong advocate of judging standards in Scotland and has been a very strong and positive influence on judging across the UK


Olympic Games Attended:

London 12, Beijing 08

Kate first tried Archery after a friend bought her a training session as a Christmas present. She enjoys the inclusive nature of the competition, and she has now been competing for over nine years. She trains with Eastcote House and Border Bowmen. Kate’s greatest achievement to date was winning bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Cheongju, Korea.

At London 2012, Kate finished in the top 10 of the women's Individual Recurve (W1/W2) and placed 7th in the Team event which also featured team-mates Leigh Walmsley and Sharon Vennard. 

Kate celebrated her 64th birthday on the opening day of competition at London 2012 and was the oldest member of ParalympicsGB.

In addition to Archery, Kate has a keen interest in Equestrian sport and used to compete in horse driving trials. She also enjoys Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games

  • Women's Individual Recurve (W1/W2): rd of 16
    Women's Team Recurve (Open): 7th

  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games

  • Women’s Individual Recurve (W2): 12th
    Women’s Team Recurve (Open): 8th

  • 2011 World Championships, Turin, Italy

  • Women’s Team Recurve (Open): 6th

  • 2010 European Para-Archery Championships, Vichy, France

  • Mixed Team Recurve (Open): silver

  • 2010 AAE Arizona Cup, Phoenix, USA

  • Women’s Individual Recurve (W2): gold

  • 2009 IPC World Championships, Nymburk, Czech Republic

  • Women’s Individual Recurve (W2): 16th

  • 2009 IPC European Grand Prix, Stoke Mandeville, UK

  • Women’s Individual Recurve (W2): bronze

Kate Murray
Sandy Gregory


Sandy Gregory’s numerous achievements include:


  • Paralymics New York 1984 – Bronze medal


  • Paralympics – South Korea 1988 – Member of Team GB


  • Paralympics – Barcelona 1992 – Member of Team GB


  • Paralympics – Atlanta 1996 – Member of Team GB


  • Paralympics – Sydney 2000 – Member of Team GB


  • Paralympics – Athens 2004 – Member of Team GB


Numerous representations for Team GB over a couple of decades.


Moira Taylor has played a huge role in archery for a number of years in various different aspects;

Coaching and Mentoring.

Through her coaching and mentoring, Moira has encouraged and inspired countless people within the sport of archery. Her enthusiasm shines through in her dedication to helping others improve. Her personal style goes above and beyond the “call of duty” and on countless occasions, she has shown that she cares about the archer behind the bow as well as helping them improve. Her coaching and mentoring recognitions include:

  • County coach for more than 30 years to archers with a range of disabilities, and from beginner to performance level

  • Qualified Sports Coach Educator

  • Accredited Tutor and Assessor for the Archery GB Instructor Award

  • Full member of Sports Coach UK

  • Scottish Junior Squad Manager and Coach for 9 years

  • Organiser & Coach for Eastern Area Development Squad

  • Archery GB Team Manager for 4 years at a variety of international events, including the Olympics in Atlanta, 1996.



Moira has made an outstanding contribution through representing her country at international level over a number of years. Achievements include:

  • Competing at international level for both Scotland and GB from 1975

  • Competing for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, 1982

  • Scottish Champion 4 times

  • British Indoor Champion



Moira has dedicated a huge amount of time, spanning many years, to a variety of volunteer roles within the sport. There are too many to list but these include:

  • Current Director of Coaching & Board Member for Scottish Archery

  • Committee Member & Club Coach at Falkirk Company of Archers for many years

  • A variety of volunteer coaching roles, some of which are mentioned above

  • Moira has been awarded the Torch Trophy Trust Award for Services to Sport and has received awards for Services to Archery from the International Archery Federation (World Archery), Archery GB and Scottish Archery.


Contributing to the sport of archery in Scotland

Overall, Moira has made, and continues to make, an outstanding contribution in a variety of forms. Put simply, she is a great Ambassador for Scottish archery.

Moira Taylor
Bill Mackay


Bill needs no introduction, and If you have been at an archery competition, you may have seen him there as a competitor, or more likely, as a Judge. Bill rose through the Judging ranks to the rank of National Judge, and he has officiated at the highest level of competition throughout the United Kingdom.


As well as being active in Judging, Bill has actively pursued a Coaching career, and qualified as Senior Coach in 2002. In his coaching, Bill has worked on Scottish squads, and brought on many archers. As a Coach Educator, he has trained or assessed the majority of Coaches in Scotland since 2002. Bill worked on the National Source Group from 2003 onwards, which formulated the current Level 1 and Level 2 Coach qualifications. He was also the course organiser for Senior Coach training. He worked as National Coaching Organiser (Education), and ensured that the level of coaching in the UK was kept high. This was a demanding position, which saw him work tirelessly on behalf of Archery GB. He has also been a member of the National Coaching Committee (NCC), and is currently Chairman of the Coaching Renewals Panel for Archery GB.

Bill is also a field archer, and has competed to World Championship level as an archer in the SFAA/IFAA sphere. He was instrumental in working with SFAA in trying to build bridges between them and the SAA.


Bill works with everyone in the archery world, and brings a great deal of passion to what he does. He works with archers to bring them to their full potential. He will freely give people his time, his knowledge and his passion for the sport of archery.


Bill has been involved with Archery most of his life and has achieved more than most could ever dream of.

Bill, an accomplished recurve archer, was also heavily involved in all aspects of the sport.


  • Chairman of the Portlethen Community Archery Group

  • Secretary to Aberdeen Archery Club

  • Founding member and Secretary of Lethen Archers, a club still flourishing, some 21 years after its inception.

  • Northern Area Secretary and then Chairman.

  • Northern Area Representative to the SAA Committee.

  • Tournament Organiser of World and British record shoots, outdoor and indoor.

  • Secretary to the SAA. 1996, 1997

  • GNAS Regional Judge

  • GNAS Coach

  • Vice President to 6 Presidents of the SAA 2000 – 2010

  • Performance Manager for the Senior and Junior Squads

  • Performance Manager for the Junior Euronations 2009.

  • Bill was a member of the Team involved in the transition of the SAA as a volunteer based Committee to a company limited by guarantee.

  • Performance Manager for the Scottish Squad competing at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, India. Bill worked for four years on this project, initially sending the Squad to compete in India to ensure archery would be included in the Games. Bill organised training venues and sending the Squad to various tournaments overseas and attended numerous meetings with Sportscotland.



Bill now spends his time coaching a team of competition archers within the club and helping them to improve their technique and be ready for competition.


Having spent a lifetime promoting archery not only in Scotland but on an international level, Bill has improved archery immeasurably for archers in Scotland. His dedication and commitment knows no bounds and the level of knowledge he has and imparts onto those he is coaching is unmatched. For this reason, Bill is a very worthy recipient of joining our Scottish Archery Hall of Fame.

Bill Gilchrist
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