Kalamunda’s Josh Clark an archery dead-eye


Josh Clark  is off to compete in the grand final of the National Matchplay Series in Adelaide.  Picture: David Baylis          d452079
Josh Clark is off to compete in the grand final of the National Matchplay Series in Adelaide. Picture: David Baylis         d452079

The Kalamunda resident is preparing to jet off to Adelaide for the grand final of the National Matchplay Series next week after a successful season of shooting arrows.

“I switched to archery after being a competitive sprint cyclist for years,” Clark said.

“I came down to here (to the Kalamunda Governor Stirling Archers Club) one day and had a few shots.

“One of the coaches told me I was a natural shot and offered to coach me, so it just went from there.”

Josh competed in his first competition in July last year, where he finished fifth in the state.

A month later, he came away from the next contest with a state medal.

“August was the state field event, which I like to call ‘archery golf’,” he said.

“You go around a whole lot of courses and whoever gets the most points wins.

“I ended up getting a silver medal there.”

Clark said although he may have ruffled a few feathers, there were not too many hard feelings from more experienced archers.

“Some of the older hands who’ve been around the archery scene for a while were a bit surprised,” he said.

“But they came up to me after and said congratulations. Archery is a funny sport. It’s competitive but there’s no bad blood.”

Clark has also just started work as a physiotherapist six days a week, making his schedule incredibly busy.

“When I started playing last year I was still doing my masters,” he said.

“So I had to become really good at time management.

“But if you want something enough you’ll work for it.

“I guess I brought my mentality across from cycling to archery.”

Clark said he tried to get down to the club to practise most mornings.

“Sunrise is the best time to practise because there is less wind. The more I shoot, the more confident I am with my form and technique,” he said.

Clark said he enjoyed archery not just for the competitive side, but the social aspect as well.

“Kalamunda is one of the bigger clubs in WA,” he said.

“It’s a really supportive, friendly place where you can relax.

“I feel like I came to the sport relatively late, being 25 and only just starting, but everyone is really encouraging.

“I feel like if I work hard enough I can make some time up on these guys who I’m trying to beat.

“I’m knocking on the door of the minimum qualifying score for the World Cup, so to make an Australian team would be pretty cool.”