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Organised Trip to UKIFAC 2015
The WFAA is planning to put on an organised trip to UKIFAC 2015 which will be held near Waterford, Ireland on 18th and 19th July.
The plan is to travel via coach from Bridgend, South Wales to Waterford via ferry on Friday 17th July. The coach will also stop near Carmarthen en-route to the ferry terminal at Fishguard. On arrival at Waterford we will go to the hotel. On the Saturday and Sunday we will be taken by coach from the hotel to the tournament venue and back to the hotel afterwards. We will stay at Waterford on Sunday night and return to Wales on Monday 20th July.
The estimated cost of the trip including hotel, coach travel and ferry is £240 per person which is considerably cheaper than travelling via car. However, the more people travelling on the coach, the cheaper it will become. Archers are advised that if they wish to travel with the organised trip, a deposit of £50 per person will be payable before the end of February. The deposit will not be refunded in the event of the archer withdrawing later. The balance of payment will need to be paid by no later than 15th June 2015.
Archers who are interested in this trip are asked to contact Mat Symmonds for further information.
Welsh Squad 2015 Announcement
The All Wales National Field Archery Squad 2015 has been announced. As per last year, the Squad will include archers from both the WFAA and GNAS codes. Following the success of last year's Squad, the 2015 Squad is the largest we have yet run. The WFAA General Committee congratulates the following archers who have been selected:Recurve
Caroline Baldry (Ballands Bowmen) WFAA/GNAS
Kate Hollamby (Pentref Bowmen) WFAA/GNAS
Teresa Goodwin (Llantwit Major Archers) WFAA/GNAS
Gracie Barrett-Rees (Blandy Jenkins AC) GNAS/WFAA
Mathew Symmonds (Llantwit Major Archers) WFAA/GNAS
Nathan Trew (Llantwit Major Archers) WFAA/GNAS
Ethan Ashley-Perks (Llantwit Major Archers) WFAA
Chris Pleasants (Ballands Bowmen) WFAA/GNAS
Finn Barrett-Rees (Blandy Jenkins AC) GNAS/WFAA
Jacob Barrett-Rees (Blandy Jenkins AC) GNAS/WFAA Unlimited
Tracey Hill (Carmarthen Archers) GNAS
Amys Aurora Smith (Bath University AC) GNAS
Jean Howells (Pentref Bowmen) GNAS/WFAA
Jan Howells (Pentref Bowmen) GNAS/WFAA
Victoria Duncan (Meriden) GNAS/WFAA
John Bennett (Ballands Bowmen) WFAA/GNAS
Simon Edwards (Independent) WFAA
Greg Hill (St Kingsmark Bowmen) GNAS
Mal Whitter (Pentref Bowmen) GNAS/WFAA
Dave Home (Pentref Bowmen) WFAA/GNAS
Jon Norman (Llantwit Major Archers) WFAA
Jim Metcalf (Independent) WFAA
Steffan Rawdin-Jones (Blandy Jenkins AC) GNAS/WFAA
Neil Vodden (Pentref Bowmen) WFAA/GNAS
Sophie Meering (independent) GNAS
Tapani Kalmaru (Independent) GNAS/WFAA
Jessica Rudge (Pentref Bowmen) GNAS/WFAA
Charmian Burgess (Independent) GNAS/WFAA
Helen Langford (Hawk Archers) WFAA
Vic Williams (Red Kite Field Archers) GNAS/WFAA
Ieuan Thomas (North Gwent Archers) WFAA
Ieuan Graham (Llantwit Major Archers) WFAA
Wolfie Hughes (Buckland Bowmen) WFAA/GNAS
Steve Chamberlain (Hawk Archers) WFAA
Gary Hart (Hawk Archers) WFAA/GNAS
Gavin Roberts (Pentref Bowmen) WFAA/GNAS
Simon Price (Independent) GNAS/WFAA
James Annul (Bath University AC) GNAS
Mal Williams (Red Kite Field Archers) GNAS/WFAA Longbow
Cyra Rawdin-Jones (Blandy Jenkins AC) GNAS/WFAA
Emily Williams (Pentref Bowmen) WFAA/GNAS
Edward Jones (Blandy Jenkins AC) GNAS/WFAA Staff
Head Coach and GNAS Lead: Jan Howells
WFAA Lead: Mat Symmonds
Coaches: Jean Howells, Dave Howells, Vic Willams, Mal Williams
Squad Logistics: Dave Howells
The dates of the Squad sessions are:
Session 1: 31/01/2015 & 01/02/2015
Following the success of the Welsh Squad in recent years, and the considerable strength in depth it has added to the Welsh team during this period, we have great expectations of all the 2015 All Wales Field Archery Squad members. We hope that you grasp the opportunities that the Squad offers and that it aids you in achieving your goals during 2015.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM took place on 30th November at Heol y Cyw RFC near Bridgend. We are pleased to announce that the incumbent General Committee were all re-elected unanimously. We would also like to welcome Calwyn Glastonbury who was elected as Tournaments Officer. In addition to his role as WFAA President, Cyril John has been acting Tournaments Officer for the past year. Cyril has now stepped down from this role. On behalf of the membership we would like to thank Cyril for the hard work he has put in whilst covering this important role.
It was reported that WFAA has enjoyed great success on the tournament circuit during 2014. The WFAA's financial performance was also good, with close alignment to the budget and a surplus at year end. Membership has also increased since 2013. Mention was made of our successful hosting of UKIFAC, the All Wales Field Archery Squad and the graduation of several coaches to levels 1 and 2 during the year. Overall, another successful year with plans to build upon this success during 2015. Full details of the reports submitted at the AGM are available from the General Secretary on request.
Lastly, thanks to the members who attended the AGM for your valuable support and feedback.
Dinefwr Course Challenges in FMT Stage 4
Archers found Dinefwr's course at Llanwrdda, Carmarthenshire a tough challenge for the fourth instalment of the 2014 Welsh Field Masters Tour on 21st September.
With fine, warm weather and little breeze the conditions were near perfect but the well known trickeries of the Llanwrdda course put a dent in many scores.
The fifth and final stage of the tour will take place at the Broad Oak course on 26th October.
Archers Push Forward at FMT Stage 3
Stage 3 of theWelsh Field Masters Tour, The Llewelyn Fawr Shoot took place at Fonmon on 24th August. Featuring a Field round, the mid-point stage offered competitors the opportunity to establish themselves on the leaderboard. With the known difficulties of the Fonmon course, experience told and the predicted wet weather managed to hold off until the final hour of the day, allowing for some impressive scoring by some. All eyes are now on Stage 4 which will be held at Dinefwr Archers' course at Llanwrdda, Carmarthenshire on September 21st.
Team Wales Excel at the
UK & Ireland Field
The 2014 UK & Ireland Field Archery Championships promised to be one to remember and the event exceeded all expectations. With exceptionally good courses, designed and built just for the tournament, and with Team Wales landing the nation's best ever set of results for a UKIFAC, this one will long remain in the memories of archers from all over the UK and Ireland.
The tournament took place in Wales on 12th and 13th July at Glyncornel Field Archery Centre, home of Pentref Bowmen. There was much anticipation ahead of the event over the famous and challenging courses of the Pentref course which had not hosted the tournament since 1997. The courses did not disappoint and course designers Dave and Jean Howells made sure they were as challenging as befits a national tournament with both the Field and Hunter courses being rated 4 out of 5 on difficulty.
Despite the difficulty of the courses, Team Wales coped very well and a number of the newer members of the team impressed at their tournament debuts. The Welsh Team was looking strong going into the tournament and they did not disappoint in the event with Wales taking a record 17 gold medals, our best ever haul at UKIFAC!
With Team Wales having won the Home Nations Championship for the first time in more than 20 years in 2013, there was much expectation for the class of 2014 to complete the double. The team did not disappoint, taking the title by a record margin of more than 200 points to complete a marvellous title defence.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank the following people for your tremendous efforts before, during and after the tournament for making it such a great event: Jean, Jan and Dave Howells for organising the courses, Emily Williams, WFAA Representative at Pentref Bowmen, the work parties for building the courses, the marshals for keeping things going during the tournament, the kitchen staff, Barbara Campbell and Charmian Burgess for running the administration, volunteers from within WFAA who helped with work parties and the tournament and our Lord Paramount, Hugh Irranca Davies MP. Your efforts are much appreciated!
Welsh Records Claims
Members are advised that for Welsh records claims for tournaments either within Wales or shot at tournaments or classification shoots at other IFAA member associations, a Welsh Record Claim form needs to be filled in and submitted with the signed score card in order to claim the record. To view the Welsh Records page and/or download the Welsh Record Claim form, please visit the Welsh Records page.
All Wales Field Archery Squad Make History
The All Wales Field Archery Squad met for the very first time on 12th January at Pentref Bowmen's clubhouse at Glyncornel Centre, Rhondda.
For the first time, WFAA and GNAS archers have trained side by side in a move which we anticipate will bring the IFAA and FITA field archery communities in Wales closer together for the benefit of the sport.
The Squad was led by Jan Howells and was supported by a team of coaches drawn from both codes. The session focussed on form and field craft, with several targets being made available on the course for training.
The session finished with a feedback session from the archers who were all very supportive of the new combined format. The Squad is due to meet again in February and March for further training before the outdoor season gets underway.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank the following coaches for their hard work in organising and running the Squad:
Jan Howells (Squad Manager and GNAS
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!
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!
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.
The Fonmon Challenge took place on Sunday 30th March. With excellent weather conditions some high scores were recorded despite the challenging slopes of Fonmon's south course.
We would like to thank Llantwit Major Archers for organising the shoot with special thanks to Kath Trew who did an excellent job with the catering.
Gold Medal for Wales at World Indoor Champs
Welsh archer Sandra Anderson has stormed
to victory in Estonia, beating the defending Champion, Katrin Virula to
take the gold medal. The WFAA General Committee congratulates Sandra on a
fantastic victory which re-writes the record books. Together with World
Bowhunter Champion Gary Hart and World Field Archery Champion Mat Symmonds,
Sandra has made Wales a Nation which for the first time boasts 3 reigning
The Fonmon Challenge will took place on 22nd March at the famous Fonmon Castle Estate in the Vale of Glamorgan. As ever, the clue is in the title with this tournament - featuring an Expert Field round and the difficult slopes of the Fonmon course this one delivered what it promised, testing the skills and tenacity of all comers.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank Llantwit Major Archers for putting on another excellent event!
Committee Officer Retirement
We regret to announce that the Tournaments Officer, Calwyn Glastonbury has resigned from the General Committee for personal reasons.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Calwyn for his short, yet valuable contribution to the management of the WFAA.
We would also like to thank Graham Anderson who has stepped up to the plate to take on the role of Tournaments Officer going forward.
Important Rule Clarifications
Members are hereby advised of two Executive Rulings which have been issued by the IFAA Executive to clarify recent queries on aspected of bow styles. We strongly advise that you read both of these rulings to ensure that you comply with requirements at forthcoming tournaments. Please click on the descriptions below for the full rulings:
Welsh & Open Indoor Championships 2015
The Welsh & Open Indoor Championships 2015 was held on Sunday 11th January at RAF St Athan Sports Centre. As usual, the tournament will featured the IFAA Indoor round. The enduring popularity of this tournament was apparent with yet another great turnout.
The General Committee wishes to thank Llantwit Major Archers for hosting a great tournament. We would also like to that the sponsors, Wales Archery Specialist and MOD St Athan for providing the venue. All of your contributions are very much appreciated.
Welsh Open 3D Championships
The Welsh Open 3D Championships took place on Sunday 9th November at Tal y Coed, Monmouthshire. Originally the tournament was scheduled to have run at the Broad Oak Course in Carmarthenshire but heavy rains during the week meant that the course was flooded just 2 days before the tournament. Thankfully, Hawk Archers stepped in and hurriedly prepared their course at Tal y Coed to ensure that the tournament went ahead.
In the event, the weather in Monmouthshire presented its own challenges with intermittent torrential downpours making shooting difficult. Many archers found the conditions plus the steep slopes of the famous Tal y Coed course very challenging but experience told with several archers as some surprisingly high scores were posted in some groups.
With the tournament not having run since 2011 there was much anticipation for this tournament and there was interest from Ireland and England aswell with a good number of visitors enjoying the Welsh welcome.
As the tournament took place on Remembrance Sunday it also involved fundraising for the Royal British Legion. This included a raffle and some delicious home cooking from Sandra. We are very pleased to announce that £95.00 was raised.. Well done to all who dug deep for this excellent and worthy cause!
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank all of the archers who attended for making this event a great success. We would also like to thank Hawk Archers for making their course available to the WFAA at very short notice. Lastly, we would like to give special thanks to Sandra and Graham Anderson, Calwyn and Susie Glastonbury, Steve Hepburn and Helen Langford who put in an enormous amount of work to ensure that the tournament went ahead despite the setbacks and for ensuring that the event was successful. Well done all!
High Winds at Field Masters Tour Finale
The fifth and final stage of the Welsh Field Masters Tour 2014: The Hywel y Dda Shoot took place at Red Kite Field Archers' course at Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire on 26th October. Featuring a field round, this one promised to be just as challenging as the previous rounds.
In the event, the day saw strong winds from the outset which rose to near gale force by the afternoon putting a large dent in some of the scores and making it extremely difficult to score on the longer shots. However, despite the very challenging conditions the archers showed true grit and determination, making it to the finishing line.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank all of the clubs who have hosted the five stages of the 2014Welsh Field Masters Tour for making this another outstanding event for Wales.
Gold for Wales at the
Welsh archer Mat Symmonds has won a record third World Championship at theIFAA World Field Archery Championships in the USA. The Championship was held at the Easton Archery Centre at Yankton, South Dakota from 4th to 8th August.
Symmonds had previously taken gold at the World Championships twice before, in Namibia in 2008 and Germany in 2010 and won the silver medal at the 2012 World Championships in Argentina. This time around the competition was tight and the Welshman had some luck during the second and third rounds when torrential rain fell, causing some of the competitors problems. Being from Wales of course, this did not pose a problem for Mat who took advantage of the conditions to build a lead which he held onto to take the title.
Gold and Silver For Wales at EBHC 2014
Archers from Wales have taken a gold and a silver medal at the IFAA European Bowhunter Championships 2014 which were held in Confolens, France from 23rd to 26th June.
Chris Pleasants, the reigning European Champion in the Gents Recurve Freestyle division, made a superb title defence in a close fought contest. After a tight opening round Chris took the lead, only for Patrick Neumann of Germany to come back and claim the top spot during round 2. But Chris' experience told in round 3 when he returned a strong scoreline to re-take the lead. The final round saw the Welsh archer extend the lead to complete an exciting and well earned title defence.
There was silverware too in the Ladies Historical Bow where Sandra Russell made solid scores throughout. After 3 rounds, Sandra was in 3rd place but she pushed hard on the final round to claim the silver medal.
Meanwhile in the Gents Bowhunter Compound group the high quality of the competition proved too much for the World Champion, Gary Hart, who finished in 5th place.
The Welsh team were:
Gary Hart (c) 5th place, AMBBC
The WFAA General Committee would like to congratulate the Welsh team on a great set of performances against very high quality of opposition and for making us all very proud!
Welsh & Open Field Championships 2014
The Welsh & Open Field Archery Championships 2014 took place at Red Kite Field Archers' course at Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire on 28th and 29th June.
The Broad Oak course has been building a reputation for challenging shots and confusing wind patterns which made some shots extremely difficult. However, this weekend the prevailing wind was mainly absent. The opening round however was blighted by intermittent torrential downpours which made some shots very challenging. The weather was kinder on Day 2 with light breezes and warn sunny conditions, enabling many archers to produce some impressive scores.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank everyone at Red Kite Field Archers for hosting the tournament. We would like to extend special thanks to Jean and her crew in the kitchen for a job well done!
Online Tournament Registration Launched
As payment via cheque is getting increasingly unpopular with many of our archers we have now launched an online registration system for our tournaments.
The system is very simple:
1. The archer completes an online entry form which is then sent to the email addresses on the form.
2. The form also includes bank account details and the archer then transfers the amount via internet banking to the account.
3. Lastly, the WFAA will confirm receipt of payment and entry form via return email.
Please note that users will need a recent version of Microsoft Word in order to use the form.
This system will be in use hence forward, starting with the Welsh & Open Field Championships in late June. It is already available for registration for UKIFAC 2014.
A small contingent from Team Wales performed well at the EFAA Open Spring Championships which took place on 3rd and 4th May at Kings Forest Bowmen's course at Wordwell, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
With near perfect conditions and no breeze, scores were generally high on both the Hunter and Marked Forester rounds. Two Welsh archers were present to contest the Gents Freestyle division with Mat Symmonds taking gold and Chris Pleasants winning silver in a close fought contest. Richard Green of Noakhill Archers fought off a number of archers to take the bronze medal.
The WFAA would like to congratulate Kings Forest Bowmen and the EFAA for an excellent tournament.
Rain Challenges at St David Shoot
The Welsh Field Masters Tour 2014 kicked off at Fonmon south course on Sunday 27th April with periodic heavy downpours making the marked animal round a difficult affair.
The Fonmon south course being well known for its challenging shots, the St David Shoot was all the more challenging both in terms of the shooting and in navigating the course, thanks to several heavy downpours during the tournament. Happily, the competitors showed their mettle as everyone who started finished the day. There were even a number of new Welsh records recorded.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank everyone at Llantwit Major Archers for their hard work in planning for and running the tournament. We would also like to offer special thanks to Nathan Trew, Colin Ketley and Kath Trew who will all be retiring from the club Committee in the near future, making this their last tournament as members of the club committee. We would like to offer our thanks to Nathan, Colin and Kath for their hard work which has been to the benefit not only of the club membership but also of the wider WFAA Community. We would like to wish you all good luck and good shooting for the future!
Latest Level 1 Instructors Make the Grade
We are delighted to announce that six new members have successfully passed the IFAA Level 1 Instructors course. The new level 1 coaches are:
The course was held on 8th and 9th February at March Hare Archers' clubhouse and the new coaches will provide even greater depth of coaching cover to assist with bringing new archers into the sport. The WFAA General Committee offers our congratulations to the new instructors and welcome you to our coaching community.
Welsh & Open Indoor Championships 2014
TheWelsh & Open Indoor Championships was held at RAF St Athan on Sunday 12th January 2014. With another good attendance, this year's tournament was a great success for both the WFAA and the host club, Llantwit Major Archers, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary year.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank the host club for an outstanding job well done. We would also like to thank all of the staff at RAF St Athan who worked hard to support the tournament. In particular, we would like to thank the PTIs, staff of Harlech Flight and our Lord Paramount, Wing Commander R. Ball.
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 the English 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 2: Owain Glyndwr Shoot
Stage 2 of the Welsh Field Masters Tour 2014 was held on 18th May at Red Kite Field Archers' course at Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire. Featuring a Hunter round, this round promised some exciting shooting and the course did not disappoint. The morning was warm but with intermittent heavy gusts of wind over much of the course which affected scores for most and made some shots very difficult to manage.
The Broad Oak course is well known for its prevailing wind and deceptive shots. The afternoon provided welcome relief for the competitors as the wind died off, offering the opportunity to recover some dented scores.
The WFAA would like to thank Red Kite Field Archers for an excellent tournament Special thanks go to Jean and Aaliyah who provided the catering and Cyril who prepared the course.
Are you up to the Challenge?
The Fonmon Challenge
Open Indoor Champs
Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire
Fonmon, Vale of Glamorgan
Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire
Fonmon Winter Shoot
Glyncornel Centre, Rhondda
Welsh & Open Championships
The Fonmon Challenge
The Dinefwr Winter Shoot
The Red Kite Winter Shoot
Welsh & Open Indoor Champs
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