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The WFAA and Pentref Bowmen's Christmas Shoots are being merged this year to help bring the field archery communities together in a festive and fun event. It will take place at Pentref Bowmen's course at Glyncornel Centre, near Llywnypia, Rhondda on 15th December, starting at10.00am. The shoot will be a combination of shots from the field/hunter and FITA 24 rounds. Afterwards there will be archery games in the clubhouse and some festive food and drink.
There is no entry form for this event and members are advised to book in on arrival on the day. There is also a Facebook page with further details which can be accessed by clicking here.
Gary is the World Champion
We are delighted to announce that the Welsh Team Captain, Gary Hart has taken the gold medal at the IFAA World Bowhunter Championships which were held from 1st to 6th October at Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Gary's work over recent years has paid dividends this year and he has chalked up some of his greatest successes. This was recognised by the WFAA when he was made Captain of the Welsh National team in early 2013.
As captain Gary has led from the front, capturing the Welsh Field Championship title, taking gold at the GNAS All British Field Championships and another gold at the UK & Ireland Field Championships. He also narrowly missed gold at the European Field Championships in Hungary in July, taking silver. Gary also captained the Welsh team to victory in both the Home Nations Championship and the Greene King Cup. Needless to say, capturing the World Championship tops off an absolutely outstanding year. The General Committee offers our heartfelt congratulations to Gary on realising his lifetime ambition and for making the archers of Wales very proud of our captain!
The Doinker Welsh Masters Pro Tournament will be held at the new Dan-y-Darren course near Merthyr Tydfil on 14th September and the organisers are once again looking for a large number of volunteers to assist with running the tournament. As with the 2011 and 2012 tournaments, volunteers will be needed for scoring and other support roles to ensure that the tournament goes to plan.
This is the UK's premier professional field archery event and it will attract top profession archers from across the world. Archers who volunteer to help will get to meet some of the world's best shooters and see them doing what they do best.
Anyone who is interested in assisting at this tournament are requested to contact the organisers email@example.com
Wales are the Home Nations Champions
The UK & Ireland Field Archery Championships, which took place on 3rd and 4th August near Kirkcaldy, Scotland, proved to be Wales' most successful ever year at the tournament. Despite windy conditions, the cover of the woodland meant that conditions were very favourable for shooting on both days of the tournament. The venue, Forest Spirit's course at Cluny was mainly flat with some gentle slopes. It all pointed to a high scoring weekend and that is exactly what the archers produced.
The Welsh team for 2013 was the strongest to be fielded for many years and the team shot superbly well, returning a record 7 new champions and as many silver and bronze medalists.
But the weekend's greatest success was the Home Nations Team Event where the Welsh team claimed an emphatic victory, the first for Wales in more than 20 years. The Home Nations Event Team consisted of the following archers:
Gary Hart (c)
The WFAA General Committee congratulates the entire Welsh team on a fantastic result!
Archers Challenged in FMT Round 3
The third installment of the Welsh Field Masters Tour took place in challenging conditions at Red Kite Archers' new course at Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire on 28th July.
Despite the recent nice weather it was all change for round 3 with gusty winds and intermittent torrential downpours. Given the location of the course on an exposed hillside, this made for challenging conditions for the competitors, particularly on the longer shots.
Whilst the difficulty of the course meant that new records were a little thin on the ground, the conditions certainly added pressure in the closer groups and experience told in some cases.
Despite the challenges of the archery, the tournament was well attended and enjoyed by all. The WFAA General Committee would like to thank everyone at Red Kite Field Archers for another excellent event with special thanks to Jean and Cyril for running the catering.
The 2013 Welsh & Open Field Archery Championships was hosted by Llantwit Major Archers at their course at Fonmon Estate on 28th and 29th June. With both courses operating, and perfect weather conditions, there were some high scores and close finishing scores in some groups. .
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank Llantwit Major Archers for once again hosting an outstanding tournament.
Welsh Field Masters Tour: Stage 2
With a long awaited day of warm weather finally arriving, the 2nd installment of the Welsh Field Masters Tour 2013 was well attended at Red Kite Field Archers' course near Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire.
This year sees the tour take the format of the IFAA World and European Championships with a Marked Animal Round, 2 Hunter and 2 Field rounds. This tough new format was chosen for 2013 in response to requests from the membership for more competitive spot rounds and a requirement for more ranking status shoots.
With the Marked Animal Round having taken place during round 1, the Owain Glyndwr Shoot saw the first of the 2 Hunter rounds on the challenging slopes of the Red Kite course.
The WFAA would like to thank the members of Red Kite Field Archers for another excellent tournament with special thanks to those who did the catering. We would also like to thank the members and guests who supported the shoot.
Welsh Field Masters Tour 2013 Starts at Fonmon
The Welsh Field Masters Tour 2013 kicked off with a Marked Animal round on Sunday 21st April at Fonmon Estate in the Vale of Glamorgan. This year's tour takes a different format to previous years and will mimic an EFAC/WFAC format with 2 Hunter rounds, 2 Field rounds and a Marked Animal round.
The St David Shoot saw the first outdoor shoot of the year to benefit from good weather conditions. With no wind and just occasional light rain scoring from some was high. Dave Home of Pentref Bowmen made the biggest splash scoring a maximum 360 to win both the first leg of the tour and the Fonmon 560 Plate.
Red Kite Winter Host First Shoot at New Course
Red Kite Field Archers' first shoot at their brand new course near Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire took place on 7th April. The shoot was well attended but the cold weather and blustery wind caused several archers some problems which was reflected across the board in the scorelines which were generally below par. The new course has been rated 3/5 on difficulty and the general consensus was that the competitors enjoyed pitting their wits against Cyril John's legendary course laying skills. Despite looking fairly straight forward, a good number of the targets proved to be more difficult than expected and the windy conditions made them even more challenging.
The WFAA General Committee would like to congratulate Cyril and the members ofRed Kite Field Archers on their new course and on hosting their first tournament at the new venue.
Silver Medal for Wales at World Championships
Welsh recurve archer Mat Symmonds took the silver medal at theIFAA World Field Archery Championships 2012 which took place at Miramar, Argentina, from 28th October to 3rd November.
Mat Symmonds was the only archer representing Wales, and as at the 2008 World Championships, he was therefore managed by Team Scotland.
With the Argentinian summer fast approaching, high temperatures were anticipated. However, the first round saw damp and foggy conditions making the longer targets extremely challenging. This caused scores to drop across the board from those expected.
In the recurve division, there were several early challenges for the lead but US Archer Timm Hines eventually built a healthy lead to close out the first round, with Symmonds in second position and Willie Marr (Scotland) and Jan van Dyke (Netherlands) in joint third place.
It was all change for round 2 as the sun came out and temperatures quickly topped 90 degrees. After round 2, Hines had increased his lead in first place. Round 3, the animal round, saw Symmonds take a substantial early lead which he held throughout the round. However, he made two critical errors with a gradient cut and then incorrect sight mark on the last end which enabled Timm Hines to draw level.
Rounds 4 and 5 saw some sublime shooting from former US National Champion to achieve a thoroughly well earned World Championship title. Meanwhile the Welshman managed to increase the gap between himself and 3rd placed archer Wille Marr to land the silver.
The WFAA General Committee wishes to offer special thanks to Team Scotland for taking care of our lone Welsh archer. We would also like to thank Glen Hardman, Daniel Ray and Alec James of the EFAA for stepping in the organisation of the courses at short notice. Thanks also to the several archers who assisted the host nation with final arrangements. Lastly, thanks to Linda Laichbury of the New Zealand Black Arrows for arranging the post tournament dinner.
The IFAA had advised that archers will henceforward be required to produce their classification cards at all international tournaments, including bowhunter and indoor championships. This requirement is now being enforced because your classification card is your record of achieved scores and it demonstrates competency. We will therefore be asking archers to produce their classification cards at all regional and national level tournaments and at classification/club shoots. Please remember that if you cannot produce your classification card, you will not be permitted to shoot.
Anyone who has misplaced their classification card must contact the Membership Secretary and request a replacement.
Welsh Open 3D Championships Cancelled
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances we regret to inform the membership that the Welsh Open 3D Championships has been cancelled.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Changes to Committee Officers
The 2013-2014 Annual General Meeting took place on 16th November at Heol y Cyw RFC, Bridgend. The Committee was largely re-elected but there were some changes. Victoria Williams and Colin Ketley have decided to step down from their roles as Membership Secretary and Classifications Officer. We would like to thank both of them for their valuable contribution over the last several years. The Committee welcomes Helen Langford who has taken on the role of Classifications Officer.
Class of 2013 Complete IFAA Level 1 Course
We are delighted to announce that the WFAA now has 11 new Level 1 Coaches following their successful completion of the IFAA Level 1 Instructors course on October 6th.
The WFAA General Committee wishes to congratulate all of our newly qualified coaches on successfully completing the course. We would also like to thank our National Coaching Director, Ray Howells, for delivering the course and for his ongoing work in rolling out the IFAA International Coaching system in Wales. Well done all!
FMT 5: Hywel y Dda Shoot
The fifth and final stage of the Welsh Field Masters Tour: The Hywel y Dda Shoot took place on Sunday 22nd September at Dinefwr Archers' course at Llanwrdda, Carmarthenshire. With a 4 out of 5 rating for difficulty, the Dinefwr course was a difficult one to finish on and the competitors were forced to dig deep on the slopes.
Wales Win the Greene King Cup
The Welsh Team continues to build on its most successful year ever by winning the Greene King Anglo Welsh Challenge Cup for the first time ever at the EFAA English National Championships on 7th and 8th September at Kings Forest Bowmen in Suffolk.
The Greene King Cup is an annual team match where the Welsh and English teams go head to head at theEnglish National Championships. The match was first held in 2005 where England romped to victory. Despite some gallant attempts by the Welsh Team, England demonstrated their considerable strength in depth time after time, running up 7 consecutive victories over Wales. We are pleased to report that the team finally came up trumps in 2013, lifting the trophy for the very first time.
The team were:
On behalf of our members, the General Committee congratulates the team and the Welsh Coach on a job well done! We would also like to congratulate the EFAA and Kings Forest Bowmen on another superb tournament! Cymru am byth!
FMT 5: Hywel y Dda Shoot Date Change
Members are advised that the Welsh Field Masters Tour Stage 5: The Hywel y Dda Shoot has been moved back a week to Sunday 22nd September. We apologise for having to move this shoot. The reason for the move was to avoid a clash with the Doinker Welsh Masters Pro Tournament which is scheduled to take place on 15th September. We hope that this change of date will not cause too much inconvenience and will enable both our pro shooters to attend both events and will also enable members to support our pro shooters either as marshals or as spectators at the Pro Shoot. By moving the tournament back just one week it has also avoided a clash with the GNAS Welsh Field Championships which takes place at Pentref on 29th September. Many thanks for your understanding.
FMT 4: The Caradog Shoot
The 4th Installment of the Welsh Field Masters Tour,The Caradog Shoot took place at Fonmon North course on Sunday 18th August. The tournament featured a Hunter round and was shot in fine weather. Despite the favourable conditions, the difficulty of the Fonmon North Course, the most difficult course used on this year's tour, told with even some of the most experienced archers struggling to find the points. That said, several managed it in style.
The choice of the EFAC/WFAC format for this year's Tour has meant that after Round 1, there were no futher high scoring rounds on offer. This has contributed to very tight margins in some shooting divisions and the race to the FMT titles are expected to go down to the wire in the fifth and final round.
Wales Success at EFAC 2013
The Welsh team enjoyed a successful campaign at the European Championships 2013 which took place from 9th to 13th at Sopron, Hungary.
Top honours go to Anna Ritchie, shooting Junior Ladies Longbow, and Sandra Russell who claimed the gold medal in the Ladies Historical Bow with a very strong winning margin of more than 200 points. There was success too for Gary Hart who claimed the silver medal in the Gents Bowhunter Compound. Meanwhile Graham Anderson narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the Gents Historical Bow. The Pro Unlimited division was hotly contested as ever but Dave Home showed well to finish in 7th position whilst Claire Hamilton Jones shot on par in the Ladies Unlimited group to secure 11th place. The WFAA General Committee congratulates the team on doing us all proud!
New National Team Captains Announced
Following the retirement of Wales' long-serving National team captain, Mat Symmonds, it was decided to undertake a full review of the captaincy and vice captains. Accordingly, the following archers have been selected to lead the Welsh National team henceforward:
The captain and vice captains were selected by the team selection panel on the basis of their leadership skills, experience and on their being widely respected by other members of the team. We offer our congratulations to them all and wish them the best of luck in their new role.
Welsh Squad Makes Steady Progress
The Welsh National Squad, 'the Ddraig', have made steady progress throughout the winter months with its members working hard on various aspects of their shooting in readiness for the start of the tournament season. Recent years has seen a surge in the quality of shooting by Welsh archers and this has been helped in no small measure by the work of our National Coach, Ray Howells, who has rolled out a range of initiatives to make our top archers even better.
This year's squad training sessions have featured a session devoted entirely to the Kisik Lee shot cycle, followed up by a fitness training weekend which was run by Lisa Power, a specialist fitness coach. The Squad members were also given a session to aid development of their training plans by Marian Howells. The final training weekend took place on 23rd and 24th of March at Red Kite's brand new course near Llandeilo. The weekend focused on all aspects of field craft and was attended by the European Bowhunter Champion, Chris Pleasants and Great Britain international, and former FITA World Champion, Jon Shales, both of whom shared their knowledge and experience with the members of the squad. Despite the bitterly cold weather on both days, the Squad members took the opportunity to practice slope shooting, gaps, distance judging and other aspects of field craft and soaked up the valuable insight provided by the distinguished guests.
On behalf of the General Committee and the National Coach, Ray Howells, I would like to thank Lisa, Marian, Chris and Jon for their valuable contributions to the Squad and the development of its members. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ray for his continued support and revolutionary approach to coaching which is making such a difference to the quality of Welsh archers on the international tournament circuit!
Welsh Field Masters Tour 2013
Get ready for the 2013 Welsh Field Masters Tour. This year's tournament follows the same format as the World and European Championships with 2 hunter rounds, 2 field rounds and a marked animal round. With each round shot at a different course, the 2013 Tour promises to be another big challenge!
Wales' First Level 1 Coaches Get Qualified
The WFAA General Committee congratulates the first of our home grown IFAA Level 1 Coaches who gained their qualification at the first coach training weekend at Llanharan, south Wales.
The National Director for Training and Coaching in Wales, Ray Howells, together with Marian Howells, ran the very first coach training weekend at the home of Blandy Jenkins Archers on 15th and 16th September. The Level 1 course is designed to enable coaches to take on beginners and get them started in the sport. The course included all aspects of bringing on beginners, including safety aspects, range layout, coaching techniques and identifying and resolving common challenges that beginners face when taking up the sport.
Ray himself became Wales' first IFAA coach when he attended and qualified as a Level 4 Master Coach at the Easton Centre in Dakota, USA last year. The intervening time has seen Ray and Marian working hard behind the scenes to get the Level 1 course organised and arranged. The weekend of the 15th and 16th September saw the culmination of that effort as 11 club coaches arrived for the course. We are pleased to announce that all of those who attended passed the course.
We would like to congratulate all of those eager coaches who attended the course and completed it successfully. We would also like to offer congratulations to Ray and Marian on a job well done!
Welsh & Open Indoor Championships 2013
Following last year's success, the Welsh & Open Indoor Championships 2013 once again took place at the home of Pentref Bowmen, at Ton Pentre, Rhondda.
This year once again saw a full compliment of archers and a number of new Welsh records were set. As per previous years, there was also a number of archers who made the journey from England and Scotland, making it a truly international affair.
The WFAA General would like to congratulate Neil Bowdler, Emily Williams and Neil Vodden for their superb organising and management of the tournament. We would also like to thank Pentref Bowmen for hosting the tournament and Kath Trew for running the refreshments. Lastly, we would like to thanks Wales Archery Specialist for sponsoring the event.
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Last Update 26.11.2013