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Welsh Squad Announcement
The Welsh Squad and Team Selection Panel are pleased to announce that the following archers have been selected for the Welsh Senior 'Ddraig' Squad for 2017:
Full details of the Squad training program for 2017 will be communicated to the Squad members shortly.
Welsh Coach Mat Symmonds commented 'This year's selection process has been particularly difficult due to the high number of archers who are working very hard and performing well. I would like to congratulate every member of the Squad on their selection and we look forward to working with you all at the forthcoming Squad training sessions.'
Annual General Meeting & Awards Ceremony
The Annual General Meeting of the WFAA took place on Sunday 27th November at 5.00pm at Heol y Cyw Rugby Club. The meeting was well attended. The following members were elected/re-elected to the General Committee:
President: Sandra Anderson
Sandra Anderson was also elected to continue as the IFAA Representative/World Council Member for Wales.
The AGM was followed by a buffet for attendees and a presentation ceremony for archers who had won the Welsh Field Masters Tour 2016. Welsh records and top rankers certificates were also presented.
The General Committee wishes to thank everyone who attended and took part in the AGM. In particular we would like to thank Ron Morgan and Wynn Jones for their services to the WFAA over many years, following their retirements from the Committee at the AGM.
The newly elected WFAA President, Sandra Anderson, thanked the new General Committee officers for offering their services to the Association for the forthcoming year.
Teresa Takes Gold at WFAC
Welsh archer Teresa Goodwin made history on 30th September when she won the IFAA World Field Archery Championships shooting in the Ladies Recurve Freestyle division. Teresa becomes only the 5th Welsh archer ever to be a World Champion, having clinched the title after a tough tournament at Wagga Wagga, Australia.
The tournament was tough work from the start with driving rain and high winds in the first two rounds. However, after round 3 Teresa was firmly in the lead having stretched the deficit between herself and Germany's Gaby Wadle. With continuing bad weather the final 2 rounds were cancelled and Teresa took the well earned gold medal.
Teresa was joined by fellow Welsh archer Steve Harrison who was competing in the Gents Recurve Freestyle division. Despite this being Steve's first major international tournament, he acquitted himself very well hitting his target scores and keeping just ahead of Paul Innes of Australia to finish in 7th place.
On behalf of the membership the WFAA General Committee congratulates both archers on a superb result!
Wales Shoot UKIFAC in Numbers
The Welsh Team attended UKIFAC in good numbers this year as England hosted the tournament at Kings Forest, Suffolk on 2nd and 3rd July. With near perfect conditions the scoring was high as expected and there were mixed results for the Welsh with many archers hitting personal best scores.
In the Home Nations team event, Wales put up a good fight but a lack of depth in some divisions told with winners England and Scotland over powering the team who had to settle for third position.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank EFAA and Kings Forest Bowmen for hosting an excellent tournament. We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the members of the Welsh team for their commitment to this event and on their various successes over the weekend.
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.
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
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!
We regret to inform our membership that the WFAA has been subject to a theft of our funds. It has come to our attention that funds have been stolen from the WFAA’s reserve funds by our Treasurer, Steve Holt. The General Committee has acted immediately to mitigate the challenges that this situation presents to us. The issue of dealing with the theft of the funds has been referred to South Wales Police and Dyfed and Powys Police. Other parties such as our bank and insurers have also been informed.
The General Committee held an emergency meeting on 25th February 2017 to take the appropriate actions to deal with this situation. The Treasurer has been dismissed from post. An emergency budget has also been drawn up to navigate the WFAA through the remainder of 2017.
We want to assure you that although there will be adjustments to the services we provide, we have sufficient funds to enable the WFAA to continue operating largely as normal. All shoots and tournaments will go ahead as scheduled and activities such as Squad training will continue as planned. It is therefore business as usual.
We also want to assure our members that we are actively working to rectify this situation. We realise that some of you will have questions regarding this development. In the short term, please speak to your club secretaries who have been given a detailed brief of the situation.
An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) has been called for 14th March 2017, from 8.00pm – 9.00pm at Heol y Cyw RFC, High Street, Heol y Cyw, Bridgend, CF35 6HR. This meeting will include an updated briefing on the situation followed by a question and answer session. We encourage all members to attend this EGM so that we can keep you all informed and answer any questions you might have.
Lastly, please be assured that the General Committee is doing everything we can to rectify this situation.
Yours in Archery,
Welsh & Open Indoor Championships 2017
The Welsh & Open Indoor Championships will once again be held at RAF St Athan Sports Club in the Vale of Glamorgan. This year's tournament will take place on Sunday 29th January 2017.
As with last year's tournament, there will be a morning and afternoon session which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available throughout the day. Demand in recent years has been very high for this tournament with it having been fully booked for the past five years. We would therefore recommend booking in early to ensure you have a place.
Click here to view the entry list - updated 25/01/2017
UPDATE: Archers are advised that reigistration is now closed.
Gold for Wales at EIAC
Welsh archer Alice Reynolds took gold on 5th November at the IFAA European Indoor Championships which were held at Castillon, Spain. This was Alice's first major international tournament and she acquitted herself very well shooting in the Young Adult Freestyle Recurve division.
On behalf of the membership the WFAA General Committee congratulates Alice on a job very well done!
Welsh Field Masters Tour Concludes at Fonmon
The fifth and final installment of the 2016 Welsh Field Masters Tour took place in fine weather at Fonmon Castle, Vale of Glamorgan on 16th October. As usual there was some nervous tension between competing archers as they tackled the high scoring Marked Animal at the notoriously difficult Fonmon course.
The WFAA General Committee would like to congratulate this year's Field Masters for stamping their mark on a range of courses and rounds to take your titles. We would also like to congratulate everyone else who took part for making this year's tour another successful event. Lastly, thankyou to the host clubs who made it all possible. Well done all!
Welsh & Open Championships
The Welsh & Open Field Archery Championships 2016 returned to Fonmon Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan on 11th and 12th June. This year saw the North Course open for the first time in 2 years, making for a difficult Hunter round during round 1. Added in was a mixture of rain a sunny spells and the course being covered in part in a heavy cannopy provided the additional challenge of shooting in variety of lighting levels.
The second day saw the competitors tackle the more frequented South Course, this time with a full compliment of rain, light wind and showers. The conditions, together with the famous trickiness of landscape made the archers work hard for points.
The WFAA General Committee wishes to thank the host club Llantwit Major Archers on a sterling effort in making this another successful Championships. We would like to thank Teresa, Claire and Matt Howard and everyone else at the club who worked hard to make this a successful and enjoyable event. In particular, we would like to thank Lynda Graham and her team for providing the catering. Well done all.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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