ABAM President Walter Potrebka Resigns

Effective today, our President Walter Potrebka resigned his position with the organization. On behalf of the Executive Committee and staff, we would like to thank Walter for his three plus years as President of the ABAM, five plus years as a member of the Executive Committee and tireless work as a volunteer club organizer for many years prior. Working with Walter has been an absolute pleasure, his leadership and guidance has meant a great deal to the staff and committees he’s served. During Walter’s tenure as President, the organization has had much success, including the hosting of the 2015 National Championships, increased program participation, new partnerships and improved athlete development. We will miss Walter and his true passion for the sport of Archery, but are happy to hear that he plans to stay close with the community.

Walter has drafted a letter to membership that we would like to share:

Hello everyone,

This message is to inform you that I have resigned my position as President of the Archers and Bowhunters Association of Manitoba effective April 25, 2018.

I have enjoyed the last past 5+ years I have spent on the Board, and am proud of all that we have accomplished in that time, ranging from successfully hosting the National Championships, leading the Association though changing financial times, and seeing the success of our athletes on a provincial, national, and international level.

I think what I am most proud of is being part of the development of our Provincial Archery Team Program and the great success our athletes have achieved.  We have developed a program that has produced countless national champions, and Manitoba is always very well represented on our National Teams that represent Canada on the International stage. 

While I may not have been able to achieve everything that I had hoped to during my tenure, I have great confidence in the remaining members of the board, that they will continue to guide ABAM forward to even greater success.  Through difficult times and tough decisions, the board members have shown nothing but outstanding leadership, and have always made decisions based on what is best for our athletes, and the sport of Archery in Manitoba.

One last thing that I wanted to say is Thank you…

Thank you to all the members of the Board who tirelessly work toward supporting our sport and athletes.

Thank you to all the athletes that work so hard to prepare and represent themselves and our province in the sport of Archery.

Thank you to all of the Clubs that are the grass roots of our sport, and continue to introduce and support the sport of archery to their members.

Thank you to all the coaches and judges who give up their time to ensure our athletes and events are the best they can be.

Thank you to all the parents of our athletes that come out and support their sons and daughters, and who pitch in to help at events.

Thank you to Sport Manitoba for all of the support you give to amateur sport in this province.

Thank you to Archery Canada for the guidance and support to promote our sport on a national level.

And one final Thank You to Ryan.  Ryan, I would hate to think of where we would be without your tireless work and dedication to our sport.  You are truly one of the biggest reasons we have been able to achieve all that we have.


Walter Potrebka”


New President & Vice President Bowhunting Appointed

We are happy to announce the appointment of Vickie Oneschuk as interim ABAM President, by the members of the Executive  Committee.  Vickie has served the ABAM Executive Committee in the role of Treasurer for the past 3 years, during which time she has also served as the Provincial Target Team Manger, sat on the Athlete Development Committee and worked to help organize countless events. Vickie’s appointment to the role of Interim President comes with the full support of the Executive Committee and staff.

In addition to the appointment of Interim President, the Executive Committee appointed Mike Fox to the vacant Vice President Bowhunting Position. Mike is the acting President of the Selkirk Archers & Bowhunters Club of East Selkirk and has been shooting most of his life. On top of his work with the Selkirk Club, Mike recently served as the East Region Coach to the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games in Thompson. We are excited to have Mike join the Executive Committee, as he has been working hard in the community to make his club one of the fastest growing in the Province.

Congratulations to both Vickie Oneschuk and Mike Fox!