Jane ‘Sarge’ Bell - 2020
Jane Bell (aka as "Sarge") joined TAA in 2014 Medal Awarded 19th July 2020 at Chevallan Archery Park Queensland State Titles Nomination made by TAA Representative David ‘Towball’ White Member Number 013 TAA asked Jane’s husband Peter to write down Jane’s achievements in Traditional Archery. He has summarised 30 years into this letter. Reading this letter highlights the reason Jane has been nominated for TAA’s most prestigious award.
From Peter Bell: I was asked if I could pass on some of Jane’s achievements. Over 30 odd years I’ll see what I can remember. We started off in archery in 1986 I think it was, me and the boys first, then we finally dragged her in a bit later. She started with a compound. That was until we went to our first longbow muster at Tiaro, she wasn’t shooting a longbow then and was only a spectator. When she saw the fun we were having she wanted a longbow, we created a monster, she never missed a muster after that, until they finished. From then on it was longbow all the way for everything as well as IFAA. She travelled much of the world shooting at IFAA tournaments and usually getting a placing in the longbow women’s division. She also did the Trans-Tasman events and the New Zealand Longbow Championships for about 20 years, taking out placings. She was Lakeside’s Representative for those 20 years as Massey in New Zealand was our sister club. We attended most National and State ABA and IFAA shoots at which she was usually in the medals somewhere. Jane was often den mother to a bunch of kids that we took with us to various inter club shoots, as their parents didn’t shoot. Now she is just the “Kitchen Bitch”, a name she wears with pride, as she doesn’t shoot anymore but runs the canteen at our club. She is now Lakeside’s canteen co-ordinator. Jane was Zone secretary for fourteen years and has always been involved with the club committee as shoot director and score recorder until these last few years when computerised scoring came in. She has always pushed the longbow to any new members, trying to steer them away from them girly bows. Cheers Peter.
JANE ‘Sarge’ BELL a very worthy recipient of the TAA Medal Award 2020.