Archery is the sport or skill of shooting with a bow and arrows, at a target. As a sport, archery requires skills of precision, control, focus, repetition and determination. It is available to be practised by all, no matter age, gender or ability, and is a widespread pastime in both developed and developing countries.
Archery is often in the public eye, both as an important sport on the Olympic Programme, and thanks to popular culture.
Modern competitive archery is governed by the International Field Archery Association (IFAA) and the World Archery Federation (WA) in South Africa for all of archery. The South African National Archery Association (SANAA) is a member in good standing of the International Field Archery Association and the World Archery Federation.
The South African National Archery Association (Sanaa) was formed in 1948 by a group of enthusiastic archers. By 1950 it had succeeded in gaining membership of the International Federation, FITA (now known as World Archery), as it was known then.
The South African National Archery Association (SANAA) is the national sports federation for all amateur archery in South Africa. It is affiliated to a number of governing sporting bodies, including the World Archery Federation (WA) and the International Field Archery Association (IFAA) and World Archery Africa.
It is a member in good standing of the National Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the World Archery Commonwealth. Sanaa is recognised as the national federation by the South African Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA).
To cater for the different codes SANAA have embraced both the WA and IFAA rules within their constitution and focus on the different archery disciplines Indoor, 3D, Field, Target, Para-Archery and Olympic style archery.
The Olympic rules are derived from the World Archery rules. World Archery is the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) recognised governing body.
Sanaa has incorporated para-archery into its mainstream while enjoying the membership of Kyudo and 3Di. All provincial archery structures are one body in representing all the archery codes with the provinces.