Rod’s involvement with archery commenced in 1968 with an introduction through Sunallon Archers, later to become Adur Valley Archers. Enthusiasm quickly followed and he remains committed to promoting the sport to this day. In the intervening years he qualified as a GNAS Instructor in 1972, achieved Master Bowman, was selected to appear with the Sussex County team on numerous occasions, County Field Champion, runner up to Target Champion, and assisted with coaching the County Junior Squad. He qualified as an Assistant Coach in 2003, Level 1 Coach in 2004, Coach in 2008, upgrading to Level 2 Coach in 2010. His background in science and engineering lead to early research into the technical aspects of the sport. As a result, he has developed an understanding of, and expertise in, setting up and tuning recurve bows, integrated with style/performance development of the individual archer. In recent years he has also mentored a number of candidate coaches within Sussex.