Participation by Age Group

Breaking down the ages into three broad age groups:
Under 21: All junior age groups
Open: Any person who chooses to shoot in the Open group
Over50: Anyone who enters the Over 50 age groups.

Note that some people in junior or Over 50 can elect to shoot in Open. People aged between 21 and 49 have no choice.

As shown here Juniors has remained static over the last 20 years. In fact the highest point was 2000 and 2015 with 38 and 37 entries.
Masters remained static till 2015 and has taken a sharp upturn since then. This is interesting as this is also the tail end of the "Movie Bubble" where we saw a huge influx of people trying the sport worldwide.
Open however has seen a very distinct decline since a high point in 2002.

Since 2017 Over50 has been the biggest age group for the first time in the sport's history.

Group Entries Gold Silver Bronze Medals % Medals
Open 856 127 96 60 283 33.06
Over50 345 155 84 50 289 83.77
Under21 511 258 131 56 445 87.08

This chart shows that from 2000 to 2019 83.77% or Over 50's and 87.08% of juniors have received medals at the State Target.

Lets exams each age group more carefully.

Age Group Entries Gold Silver Bronze Total Medals % Medals % of Entries
Open 856 127 96 60 283 33.06% 50%
Masters 211 85 49 33 167 79.15% 12.32%
Cadet 149 67 36 19 122 81.88% 8.7%
Intermediate 128 62 36 14 112 87.5% 7.48%
Cub 119 64 30 11 105 88.24% 6.95%
Veterens 109 54 29 14 97 88.99% 6.37%
Junior 90 48 24 9 81 90% 5.26%
Joey 25 17 5 3 25 100% 1.46%
Veterens Plus 25 16 6 3 25 100% 1.46%

The odd division here is Junior. In 1990 it was the biggest Junior age group. We also had 3 age groups, which in effect combined Cadet and Junior.
After World Archery introduced Cadet and moved Junior to adult distances the participation level plummeted in that age group. It's the worst performing division if we remove Joey (not recognized by AA) and Vet+.

Junior's underperformance is a worrying sign as it seems to indicate the sport is not keeping young archers active in the sport in later teen years. It also contributes to the decline in Open shooters as our junior age groups are not feeding our open group and thus we are relying on new archers rather than retention.

Veteran Plus is the newest age group and was introduced after a "test" by AA. So far in Victoria it has produced a 100% medal rate for participants. I'm not sure what an unsuccessful test would have been.

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