Heather Bourke.
Heather Bourke. Scottie Simmonds

Our world champion

INDOOR Archery World Champion Heather Bourke is living proof you're never too old to pursue a new sport.

The Gin Gin resident beat all-comers in the women's 17 years and over category of the World Indoor Archery Championships in South Africa.

Bourke, 60, took up the archer's bow 10 years ago as a hobby and has quickly shot to the pinnacle of her chosen sport.

It was the fifth indoor world championships she has competed in since her inaugural year in the 2004 event, and the third world championship title she has claimed.

Bourke said the title had been won ahead of a field of considerably younger competitors.

"It's amazing how good it feels to win a competition like that at my age," she said.

"The younger ones usually tend to be pretty competitive with me, because they don't like to think an old person can beat them."

As well as claiming the world championship title, Bourke set a new world record, beating the former record she set at the 2009 world championships in Argentina.

She was part of a three-member Australian team to travel to the South African city of Pretoria for the three-day competition.

Bourke practises her craft on a makeshift archery range set up on her two-hectare Gin Gin property - complete with 73 metre and 44-metre targets.

"I train frequently and really put my heart into it."

"I think that has had a lot to do with my success."

She said her success proved it was never too late for people to take up a different hobby or pursue a new sport.

"If I can do it I reckon anyone can," she said.

"The more you put in, the more you get out."

Bourke said archery was an excellent sport for older people looking for a way to keep fit and active.

"It's never too late to pick it up as a hobby," she said.

"It's surprising how much of a workout it gives you, and how good it is for you,"

Bourke will defend her title at the next indoor world championships to be held in Louisville, Kentucky in 2013.

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