Every two years, delegates at World Archery Congress recognise the exceptional service of individuals to the success of the sport by presenting institutional awards or giving honorary positions to officials who have distinguished themselves as officers of World Archery.

Athletes, coaches and judges are also recognised through the annual World Archery Awards.

These trophies are voted on by the public, members of the media and the executive board. They include the title of athlete of the year, coach of the year and breakthrough of the year.

Institutional awards

Gold, silver and bronze plaquettes are presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to international archery from inside the community. Gold and silver plaquettes are awarded by congress. Bronze plaquettes are awarded by member associations, with the approval of the executive committee, to recognise individuals within their own countries.

The Golden Arrow Award is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting or growing international archery but who are not necessarily from inside the community. Created in 1997, the award is presented by the executive board.

The Women’s Award is presented to women who have made an important contribution to the sport, particularly recognising contributions towards gender equity, and the Member Associations Female Athletes Awards recognises the countries that enter the most women to competitions in each year. Created in 2009, the awards are presented by the gender equity committee.

Honorary officers

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Honorary president

Also honorary chair of the board of justice and ethics.

Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone was president of World Archery from 1977 to 1989.

During his tenure, he successfully worked with the International Olympic Committee to add team events to the Olympic Games in 1988, introduced the Grand FITA and restructured World Archery’s governance, expanding the scope of the executive board and continental associations.

Francesco was president of the Italian archery federation from 1969 to 1981, overseeing its growth from six affiliated clubs to 60. He also served as a member of the Italian Olympic Committee and on the council of the Global Association of International Sports Federations.

Born on 13 March 1924 in Milan, Italy, Francesco was an avid multi-sport athlete, practising archery, rowing, equestrian, trap shooting, sailing and long-distance swimming. He was an architect by profression.

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Honorary president

Jim Easton was president of World Archery from 1989 to 2005.

During his tenure, he revolutionised the competition format for archery at the Olympic Games and other international events, introducing head-to-head matchplay and making the sport a spectator and broadcast success.

Jim became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1994 and was elected a vice president on its executive board in 2002.

He also organised the 1983 World Archery Championships in Los Angeles; served as commissioner of the archery event, mayor of the athlete’s village at UCLA and vice president of technology in the organising committee for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games; and was a member of the board of directors of the United States Olympic Committee.

A life-long archery supporter, Jim became president of the Jas D Easton sports equipment company in 1972, expanding its operations and, in 2007, launching charitable foundations for the development of sport. He was the founding donor to World Archery’s development foundation, which manages the World Archery Excellence Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Honorary first vice president

Paul Paulsen was a member of World Archery’s executive board from 1993 to 2011, serving as vice president from 2003 and first vice president from 2005.

He was responsible for the federation’s environmental policies and attended several conferences organised by the International Olympic Committee.

Paul served as president of the Norwegian archery federation and was a teacher by profession. He was awarded a gold plaquette for services to archery in 2011.

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Honorary vice president

Chung Mong-Koo was chair of the Asian archery association for 11 years and chair of the Korean archery association for 12 years. He was made an honorary vice president of World Archery in 2011.

The chair of Hyundai Motor Group until 2020, when he was named honorary chair, Chung Mong-Koo received the Van Fleet award for contributions to the promotion of USA-Korea relations in 2009.

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Honorary vice president

Sanguan Kosavinta was vice president of World Archery from 2005 to 2021. He was awarded with a silver plaquette and made an honorary vice president upon his retirement.

He competed for the Thai national archery team between 1975 and 1980, became a board member of the Thai Olympic Committee in 1985 and was made first vice president of World Archery Asia in 2003. He became president of the Thai archery federation in 2005.

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Honorary treasurer

Gianni Mangino was treasurer of World Archery from 1979 to 2005 and chair of the finance and audit board from 2005 to 2007. He was then named honorary treasurer.

Also an international judge, he was awarded a gold plaquette for services to archery in 1999.

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Honorary board member

Gao Zhidan was a member of the executive board of World Archery from 2003 to 2019. He was named an honorary member at the end of his fourth term.

During his time on the board, he was China’s deputy sports minister and vice president of the Chinese Olympic Committee.

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Honorary chair of the constitution and rules committee

Klaus Schulz served as a member of the judges committee from 1985 to 1991, a member of the constitution and rules committee from 1991 to 2011 and its chair from 1995 to 2007, and a member of the executive board of World Archery from 1991 to 2003.

He is considered the father of the modern World Archery Rulebook and its format of laws and bylaws. He was also a technical official at the Olympic Games in 1992 and technical delegate in 1996 and 2000.

Klaus was a teacher by profession. He was awarded a gold plaquette for services to archery in 2001.

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Honorary chair of the para committee

Ann Webb was chair of the International Paralympic Committee’s archery committee and World Archery’s ad-hoc committee for para archery from 2005 to 2009, driving the transfer in governance of para archery from the International Paralympic Committee to World Archery, which was completed in 2009.

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Honorary chair of the medical and sport sciences committee

Dr Emin Ergen was a member of the medical and sports science committee from 2001 to 2017, and its chairman from 2007. He was made honorary chair of the committee upon his retirement as a World Archery officer in 2017.

As well as overseeing studies into the effects of beta blockers and alcohol on archery performance, and injury characteristics and prevention strategies in archers, in his role for the federation, he also represented the sport in wider studies across the Olympic movement.

He is a passionate sportsperson and former member of the Turkish national hurdle team who pioneered sports medicine in Turkey, Italy, Great Britain and the Middle East.