2017 Welsh and Open Championships were due to be held at Red Kite Carmarthen, 1st Day proved to be wet and windy and late morning the wind was so strong heavy branches cracked in a tree above Target 1. Swift action was taken before any archers or helpers were injured. After assessment Llantwit Major offered for Day 2 of the Championship to be held at Fonmon. We are grateful to both clubs for making the 2017 Championship take place. Day 2 was sunny and went without any more drama. We would like to thank archers from England and Scotland for coming and supporting our event. We hope next year to improve with more archers taking part. Red Kite successfully managed to get branches down from trees without any damage to their clubhouse. Well done Cyril and team.
Round 2 of the 2017 Field Masters Tour had competitors tackle a Marked Animal round at Afan Nedd Archers in Arberdulais, Neath.
Held on April 2nd the weather was warm and very sunny, something most archers enjoyed albeit an unusual experience here in Wales! The warm weather and chance to shoot a relatively new course helped attract over 40 archers across varying styles, a significant increase over over stage 1 earlier in the year.
Download the official round 2 results below or visit FMT Leader Board to keep track of the series.
,The Welsh Field Masters Tour kicked off with the St David Shoot held at Hey on Wye, home of Zenith Archers on March 12th 2017.
The opening round, a Field round shot under dry but cloudy conditions, drew in over 30 competitors.
Download the official results list below or visit FMT Leader Board to keep an eye on all 2017 tour results.
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 25thFebruary 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 14thMarch 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,
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.'
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!
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.
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.
WFAA Interim President
We regret to inform the membership of the passing of Mike Johanson-Brown after a long illness. Mike was a founder member and life member of Llantwit Major Archers and he was the Welsh Champion in the Recurve division in 1988.
Mike passed away peacefully in the early hours of 11th June in the company of his wife Bobbie and his son Julian. Our thoughts are with Mike's family at this sad time.
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.