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UK & Ireland Field Archery Championships 2014
The UK & Ireland Field Archery Championships 2014 took place in Wales on 12th and 13th July at Glyncornel Field Archery Centre, home of Pentref Bowmen.
This year's tournament was very well attended and the challenging courses set by Pentref Bowmen have received rave reviews. Team Wales did well with a record medal haul and retained the Home Nations Team Championship title. A full report will appear shortly.
INFORMATION FOR UKIFAC:
There are lots of midges on parts of the course so please bring insect repellant with you.
Hot and cold food and drinks will be served throughout the weekend at the club at very reasonable prices. Archers are requested to support the club by getting your food and drinks on site.
Donations for the raffle will be gratefully received.
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!
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.
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 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.
Classification Shoot at Red Kite
Red Kite Field Archers are putting on a classification shoot at their course on Sunday 3rd August. The shoot will feature a Hunter round. The practice butts will be open from 8.30am and shooting will commence at 10.30am. The club advise that archers can book in on arrival so no need to send entry forms for this shoot.
Full details are on the diary page.
Gold and Silver For Wales at EBHC 2014
Archers from Wales have taken a gold and a silver medal at theIFAA 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 theWelsh & 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 atLlantwit 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!
The Welsh Field Masters Tour Leaderboard will be posted shortly
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.
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!
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.
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