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New Welsh Coach Appointed
We are delighted to confirm that Mat Symmonds has been appointed as Welsh National Coach and Director of Coaching and Performance Development. Mat has served as an assistant coach to the former Welsh Coach Ray Howells since 2010 and as Squad & Team Manager from 2010 to 2014. This experience has made Mat a natural successor to Ray Howells in this important role of developing and improving both the coaching staff and the Welsh National team.
On behalf of the membership I wish Mat the best of luck in his new role and I am confident that with the support of the WFAA Coaching community we are now ideally placed to ensure the success of our archers going forwards on the international tournament stage.
WFAA President Retires
The President of the WFAA, Cyril John has announced his retirement from the General Committee due to health issues and to spend more time with his family. Cyril has supported the WFAA for many years through his club, Red Kite Field Archers and has served as our President since 2012. On behalf of the General Committee I would like to wish Cyril the best for the future and to thank him for his considerable contribution to the WFAA over many years.
At the request of the General Committee I will assume the role of President of the WFAA for the interim period until the Annual General Meeting in November when a new President will be elected.
Level 1 Coaching Course Cancelled
We regret to inform you that the panned IFAA Level 1 Instructors Course on 7th and 8th May 2016 at St Richard Gwyn School in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We are working to resolve the issue and will make an announcement as soon as we have another set of dates worked out.
If you are interested in attending the level 1 course, please contact Stephen Harrison to register your interest. Stephen will then contact you to confirm the details and book your place within the next few weeks.
Junior Welsh Squad Announcement
We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Welsh Junior Field Archery Squad. This brand new Squad has been some time in the planning and is designed to help and support juniors and cubs who are either intending to shoot competitively within WFAA/IFAA or who are already involved in the tournament circuit and who are seeking to improve.
The Squad will hold its first training session on Saturday 12th March at Glyncornel Centre, Rhondda, starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm.
The plan thereafter is to hold 2 further Squad training sessions, the dates of which will be announced shortly.
For further details and to register your interest, please contact Stuart Barrett-Rees. Please be aware that all juniors/cubs must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all Squad training sessions and must be current members of the WFAA. Each archer will be expected to pay a fee of £10 per training session.
We look forward to meeting the young champions of the future on 12th March!
Important Membership Notice
Members are advised that the grace period for lapsed membership expired on 31st January 2016 meaning that anyone who has not renewed their membership for 2016 is no longer covered on WFAA's insurance and cannot therefore shoot at any club meetings, shoots or tournaments that are run under WFAA's insurance.
If you have yet to renew your membership, please send your renewal form in as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Membership Secretary, Stephen Harrison.
New Welsh Squad and Team Sponsor Announcement
We are delighted to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Italian Sportswear company Givova. Givova is now the exclusive kit sponsor for the Welsh 'Ddraig' Squad and the National Team. Givova will also be supplying WFAA merchandise clothing from this year and the new range of clothing will be announced in the coming weeks.
The General Committee would like to thank Givova and Mario Berzola for sponsoring our Squad and National Team. We would also like to thank our Merchandising Officer, Teresa Goodwin for liaising with Givova and agreeing the sponsorship with them.
Welsh Squad Announcement
We are pleased to announce the 2016 Welsh National 'Ddraig' Squad. The successful archers are:
Neil Bowdler GBM
The Squad will attend three training weekends during the first half of the year as follows:
16th - 17th January, Barry, led by Welsh National Coach, Ray Howells
21st February, Barry, led by Keith Hawksford, Archery GB Paralympic Coach
10th April, Crick, led by Graham Weller of Wales Archery Specialists
We offer our congratulations to the members of Squad on your selection and we look forward to seeing you at the first Squad meeting.
Colin Ketley & Nathan Trew
Welsh Open 3D Championships 2015
The Welsh Open 3D Championships 2015 was held once again at the famous Tal y Coed course in Monmouthshire on 18th October. This year's tournament featured an Unmarked 3D Animal (Big Game) round.
With calm and dry conditions, the stage was set for some high scores and many archers delivered some quality results on the difficult slopes of Tal y Coed. The tournament also saw lots of new faces, a great indicator of the growing bowhunting community in Wales.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank the host club Hawk Archers for putting on a great tournament. We would also like to thank the archers who took part for making this a great event!
Additional Winter Shoots Added to Diary
Due to demand for more shoots during the winter months, 3 additional classification shoots have been added to the diary. All 3 shoots will take place at Red Kite Field Archers' course at Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire. The dates of the shoots are
For full details, please visit the Diary page
General Committee Announcement
Due to unforeseen circumstances, a re-shuffle of the General Committee has been necessary. Graham Anderson has resigned as General Secretary due to personal matters. As a result, a number of temporary officers have been co-opted in for cover. Nathan Trew takes over as General Secretary, Helen Langford becomes the Vice President and Ron Morgan becomes Range Charter Officer.
The new appointment will last until the
Annual General Meeting where permanent officers will be elected for each
of the above roles. We would take this opportunity to thank Graham
Anderson for his service to the WFAA over several years and to wish the
temporary officers well for the remainder of the year. We ask the
membership to support our new officers as they familiarise with their new
Team Wales won a host of medals at the UK & Ireland Field Archery Championships 2015 which were held on 18th and 19th July at Kilmeaden, near Waterford in Ireland.
A full report will be posted shortly
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.
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 Spring Championships
In response to demand from our members we introduced a brand new tournament, The Welsh Open Spring Championships which was held on 18th and 19th April. It was hosted by Red Kite Field Archers at their course near Broad Oak, Carmarthenshire.
The tournament featured one Field and one Hunter round and was well attended despite some very windy conditions on the first day. The WFAA General Committee would like to thank everyone who supported the tournament with special thanks to the members of Red Kite Field Archers who organised and ran it.
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 Field Championships 2015
We are delighted to announce that registration for the Welsh & Open Field Championships 2015 is now open. The tournament will take place on 13th and 14th June at Dinefwr's course at Llanwrdda, Carmarthenshire.
It has been some years since the Championship has been hosted at this venue and there is sure to be great anticipation from archers who have shot the famously challenging slopes at the Llanwrdda course.
There is ample parking on site as well as toilet facilities and hot and cold food and drinks will be served throughout the weekend
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
Archers Turn Out for FMT Stage 2
The second installment of the Welsh Field Masters Tour 2016, The Owain Glyndwr Shoot, took place on 22nd of May at March Hare Archers' course at Throckmorton, Worcestershire and featured a Hunter round. With another large attendance, good shooting conditions and a flat course, scores were mainly high, as was the attendance.
The WFAA General Committee wishes to thank all at March Hare Archers for hosting an excellent event!
The FMT 2016 Leader Board will appear shortly
Director of Coaching Resigns
We regret to inform the membership that the Director of Coaching and Performance Development, Ray Howells has resigned with immediate effect. This was due to a difference of views on matters relating to the management of the General Committee. A new Director of Coaching will be announced shortly.
In the meantime I will take this opportunity to thank Ray for his contribution to the WFAA since his appointment in 2010. Ray was the first coach in Wales to qualify as an IFAA instructor and as our Master Coach has been responsible for rolling out the IFAA Instructor system across Wales. This, together with his leadership of the National Field Archery Squad has had a huge effect on the quality of archery in Wales and has directly resulted in Wales' fortunes on the world stage being transformed. Ray's work over the past 6 years has seen a steep rise in the volume of Welsh medals won at international tournaments and has seen Wales' World Championship tally rise from 2 to 6 in our most successful period ever. For this work I would like to thank Ray on behalf of the membership of the WFAA for a job superbly well done!
Regrettably, I have to announce that Richard Hardcastle has stepped down as General Secretary. A meeting has been called for 7th April when a new General Secretary will be co-opted onto the General Committee for the remainder of 2016. In the meantime, please direct all general queries to Mat Symmonds who will be providing temporary cover for the role until this post has been filled. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard for his service to the WFAA and to wish him well for the future.
Remembering Peter Gray
I first met Peter and Joan Gray when they visited the old March Hare Archers down the hill past the March Hare Inn in Broughton Hackett to enquire about starting archery. This was many moons ago but I would guess it as being about fifteen years ago.
When March Hare Archers moved to our present location near Throckmorton, both Peter and Joan became stalwarts of the club with Joan serving as our Treasurer and Peter as Clubhouse Manager, and later as our Chairman.
In his some ten years plus as a Committee member at MHA Peter always provided steady guidance for the membership and enhanced our relationship both with the gun club and our landowner.
Peter was a true gentleman whom I was honoured to know. He will be sorely missed by all the members of March Hare Archers and throughout the greater Field Archery community.
St David's Day Indoor Shoot
Archers are advised that the St David's Day Shoot takes place on Saturday 27th February at Llanharan Welfare Hall. The shoot will feature 2 sessions of IFAA Indoor round and is open to all archers who are members of WFAA or any other IFAA affiliated governing body.
Full details are on the diary page
We would like to draw the attention of the membership to the IFAA Archers Handbook. This is a condensed version of the IFAA Book of Rules which is designed so that it can be printed out and taken onto the archery course for reference.
Welsh & Open Indoor Champs
The Welsh & Open Indoor Championships 2016 was held once again at RAF St Athan Sports Centre in the Vale of Glamorgan on 31st January.
Despite there being morning and afternoon sessions, the tournament was full well before the day and the event did not disappoint. The MOD St Athan Sports Centre is a world class venue with lots of space and excellent lighting meaning that the conditions were absolutely perfect. Many of the archers took full advantage of this, returning some impressive scores.
The WFAA General Committee wishes to thank the host club Llantwit Major Archers for an excellent tournament. We would also like to thank our sponsors, Wales Archery Specialists and all of the staff at MOD St Athan who helped to make the event a success. We would like to thank Flight Sergeant Dean Morgan for being our Lord Paramount. Lastly, special thanks to Lynda Graham and her team who did an excellent job providing the catering.
We regret to inform the membership of the loss of Christopher Wynn John, the son of the WFAA President Cyril John. Christopher died peacefully in his sleep on 30th November after a long illness. Our thoughts are with Cyril, Jean and their family at this sad time.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the WFAA took place on 14th November at 2.00pm at the Twelve Knights Hotel, Margam Road, Port Talbot.
The following members were elected/re-elected to the General Committee:
Cyril John - President
Whilst the Director of Coaching is an appointed position, the incumbent Ray Howells submitted to a vote of confidence to achieve voting rights at General Committee for the ensuing year which was passed unanimously.
Mathew Symmonds was voted a life member for services to the WFAA.
Nathan Trew retired as General Secretary
On behalf of the membership, the President Cyril John thanks all of the new officers for offering their services to the WFAA for the forthcoming year. Cyril also thanks the retiring officer, Nathan Trew for his service.
Field Master Tour Finale at Fonmon
The fifth and final stage of the Welsh Field Masters Tour 2015 finished with the high scoring Marked Animal round at Fonmon's South Course on 6th September. With near perfect conditions and the big scoring round to contend with, this made for a tense and exciting climax to the 2015 Tour.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank all of the clubs who hosted the stages of the 2015 Tour for making it an excellent event! The Winners patches will be presented at the Welsh & Open Indoor Championships in January 2016. Congratulations to all of the archers who stayed the course and especially to the newly crowned FMT 2015 Champions!
Welsh Rankings Updated
The Welsh Rankings have been updated as of September 8th 2015.
Wales Finish Strong at EFAC 2015
A small team of just 4 archers represented Wales at the IFAA European Field Archery Championships which were held in Sweden from 2nd to 8th August. Despite being small in numbers, the Welsh contingent turned out well with top finishes from all members of the team.
This year's tournament returned to the famous town of Kil. As with previous tournaments held at this well known venue, the courses were reported as some of the best laid out in recent years and the weather was fine throughout.
In the Gents Historical Bow, Graham Anderson found himself in close contention with Lutz Koschorek of Germany with little between the two after 2 rounds. Graham took the lead in round 3 with a superb animal round but faltered during round 4 which gave the advantage back to Lutz who held on the title, with the Welsh following up close behind the claim the silver. In the Ladies Historical Bow, Welsh Team Captain Sandra Anderson led by example, returning a series of strong scores to claim the Championship.
Wales also finished strongly in the Freestyle division. Jim Metcalfe suffered a series of equipment problems which affected his scores but he was able to adapt and claim 7th place in the Gents Unlimited group. Meanwhile, Teresa Goodwin shooting in her first EFAC performed out of her skin, hitting several personal best scores to claim silver in the Ladies Freestyle Recurve division.
Lisa Cooper and Bronze Medallist Ashley McCloud
The General Committee wish to congratulate the Welsh Team on a superb performances. You have all done us proud!
Are you up to the Challenge?
MOD St Athan
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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