(Duncan Crawford shown far right with the Canadian Junior Compound Mens Team)
The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is proud to announce Duncan Crawford of Covehead, Prince Edward Island as Manitoba’s Head Coach to the 2019 Canada Winter Games taking place in Red Deer, Alberta in February 2019. Duncan has been selected following very positive references from Archery Canada stakeholders and Manitoba Athletes that worked together at the recent Youth World Archery Championships in late 2017, where he served as a National Team Coach. Duncan comes into the position with a strong background in coaching competitive athletes and developing coaches at Canada Games Level. As an out of province coach, Duncan will be travelling to Manitoba through out 2018/2019 to work with the Team Manitoba Athlete Pool, as well as mentor local coaches working toward the Canada Winter Games level.
We asked Duncan to provide some background on his involvement in the sport and his goals for working with our organization.
“I started archery in 1990 in Nova Scotia. I Competed in the ’93 (Recurve) and ’97 (Compound) Canada Games. I took my first NCCP Coaching course in 1995, since then, I’ve taken dozen’s of coaching courses and professional development seminars. To this day I am an active Coach, Coach Developer, and avid student of Coaching. I completed my Competition Development Certification (Archery), Learning Facilitator (Archery) and Advanced Coaching Diploma (Canadian Sport Centre – multisport) in 2017. I participated in the Hoyt and Easton University in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2014. In 2015 I lead the PEI Team to the Canada Winter Games. Since then I have attended the Coach Development Session at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, and Coached Team Canada (Compound) at the 2017 World Archery Youth Championships in Rosario, Argentina. I’m still an active competitive archer, and I shoot both recurve and compound. I absolutely love our sport!
I’m also an active Bowhunter, Bowhunter Education Instructor, and Professional guide; and I bowhunt in Canada and around the World. I own and operate an Archery Pro Shop, Taxidermy Studio, Guiding Service and Maritime Mosquito Control in Covehead, PEI; where I reside with my wife Karla, and our two kids Keegan (10) and Avery (7) , all competitive archers as well.
I’m very excited for this opportunity with Team Manitoba. I recognize the depth of excellence with Manitoba’s archery program and look forward to working with some great athletes and hopefully help with Coaching Leadership and Technical Development. This opportunity seems like the perfect fit, as my involvement creates an opportunity for other Coaches in PEI, while helping fill a crucial role in the short term in Manitoba while hopefully furthering Manitoba Coach Development and Certification during this time. I hope to learn as well as lead, and I am excited to work within a system that has a proven track record of success.