Branden Nang Jun Tse is an archer who was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Branden was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2006 and moved to Australia at three months of age. As a nine-year-old, he took up Archery at Northern Archers after his optometrist commented that he had great eyesight which was ideal for spotting long distance targets.
Branden has established a reputation for achieving success beyond his years, and won the junior male National Best All-Round Recurve Archer award as a 13-year-old. The same year, he also won one gold and two silver medals at the Trans-Tasman Archery Championships as well as taking three gold, one silver and a bronze at the National Youth Archery Championships. On the way, he received the Junior Male Archery NSW Best All-Round Recurve Archer Award.
He continued to belie his youth in 2020 when he became the youngest male archer to represent Australia at the World Archery Indoor Series, where he finished seventh. He cemented that result with a bronze medal at the World Archery Indoor Youth Cup.
Branden was denied the opportunity to win more international medals in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in 2021 finished 15th at the World Archery Australia Open and was the Commonwealth Games NSW Sports Grant Winner for Archery.
Branden draws inspiration from para-athletes and veteran of his sport, and would like to become an Olympian as well as making a difference in people’s lives through his sport.
“It’s an honour and privilege to be a selected as a Scholarship recipient of Sport Australia Hall of Fame. I am immensely grateful to be selected. Receiving the Scholarship will help me financially and hopefully I can participate in more international competitions to represent Australia. Also, being a recipient of a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship, I will have many opportunities to promote archery which is currently not a very popular sport in Australia with vast potential for growth.” – Branden Tse on being selected as a 2022 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2019: Archery NSW – Best All-Round Junior Recurve Male
- 2019: National Best All Round Junior Male Recurve Archer
- 2019: Trans-Tasman Archery Championship – Individual gold and individual match play silver
- 2019: Trans-Tasman Archery Championship – Team silver
- 2019: Local Sports Star Inspirational Awards (Parramatta Council) – Winner
- 2019: National Youth Archery Championship – 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze
- 2019 National Indoor Archery Championship – silver
- 2019: 8 NSW State Records, 5 National Records and 3 Australian Records
- 2020: World Archery Oceania Championship – Qualified (Cancelled due to Covid19)
- 2020: World Archery Indoor World Series (Sydney), ranked 7th
- 2020: World Archery Indoor Youth Cup – bronze
- 2021: Commonwealth Games NSW Sports Grant Winner for Archery
- 2021: World Archery Australia Open – Ranked 15th
- 2022: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 3