There are not too many national champions floating around the Fleurieu Peninsula, so when there is one accolades should occur.
Pat Coghlan has been a driving force within the Victor Harbor Archery Club since its inception four years ago.
If you passed him on a Victor Harbor street, he would be another face in the crowd - an average, unassuming family man going about his business. However, in the world of archery, Pat continues to impress despite setbacks, which would make any other archer ‘lay down their bow’ and call it a day.
Pat has excelled in archery over many years both as a national and international champion with awards too numerous to mention.
From late 2016 to the present, Pat has been competing in various tournaments throughout Australia and is ‘a man on fire’ succeeding in recent weeks to win the top spot in all the Open Male Compound divisions he entered.
With the recent Australian Open Tournament held in Queensland, Pat won gold medals in both team and individual events.
Qualifying trials held at the same time saw him breaking a record and launching him into the world’s top eight compound archers. As a result he has been selected to represent Australia in the Stage 2 World Cup series in Antalya, Turkey in June.
At club level, Pat is passionate about promoting archery, especially for the young and presently helps coach the Victor Harbor Archery Club beginner’s classes. The club is so fortunate to have Pat pass on his knowledge to its junior members.
Pat himself took up the bow as a seven-year-old, joining the Southern Vales Archery Club, showing his aptitude for archery at this early stage by winning several tournaments.
Archery was set aside later in his youth, while he pursued other numerous sports.
In 1999, following an injury to his spine and needing a challenging and competitive sport in his life, Pat again in 2003, took up the bow.
The rest since then is history. Pat continues to break all state records in 95 per cent of the events he enters and to date holds a number of national records.
One highlight of Pat’s career was winning the fourth stage of the World Cup series in France in 2008.
The Victor Harbor Archery Club and Australian Archery hopes he can repeat this feat once more in the coming months.
As with any champion in any sport, competing at the highest level requires dedication, passion, a load of practice and motivation and determination to strive to be the best. Pat has it all and more – he is a great Aussie bloke and the Victor Harbor Archery Club and archers throughout the world are pleased to call him a friend.
Take note Victor Harbor – you have a champion in your midst. If you pass him in the street, give him a pat on the back.