Biography hits bullseye

Former Olympic selector and archery great Keith Gaisford. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d411841
Former Olympic selector and archery great Keith Gaisford. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d411841

Now Medina resident Keith Gaisford has put his pen to paper and completed a compelling autobiography about his life dedicated to the unique sport.

His book Archery, the Olympics and Me is a tribute to his incredible life on and off the sports field.

His swag of achievements include a Medal of the Order of Australia, life membership of Archery Australia and being named selection manager of Australia’s archery teams at the Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona games.

“I decided to write a biography on my whole life, including my achievements in archery, so I could share my story with everyone,” he said.

“Archery has consumed my life and it has also brought my wife Edna and I closer together.’

Gaisford is well respected among Australia’s archery ranks, but also competed at top-level cycling, swimming and gymnastics.

It was not until later in his life that he found an interest in the bow and arrow that would take him around the world.

“My first Olympic Games I attended was in Moscow in 1980 and I will never forget the feeling of walking into the stadium,’ he said.

“It was so inspiring and an eye-opener into competitive sports.’

His first state competition was alongside his wife and since then they have been inseparable.

‘Throughout our careers we (Edna and I) have both had to travel a lot and at times it was hard but we always supported one another,’ he said.

Gaisford founded the Baldivis Archery Club and can still be found teaching the next generation about the craft.

For more information on his book, visit www.bookpal.com.au.