Manitoba Barebow Archer Sets National Records

Congratulations to local Manitoba Barebow shooter Amy Platt on setting two new Canadian Open Records in her age category. The soon to be 12 year old Platt and her Bow named ‘Lavender’ recently set a new Canadian record in both indoor and outdoor Female Pre-Cub Barebow Divisions.  The indoor record was made with a score of 433 on April 26 at the Interlake Archers Indoor 18M event in Winnipeg, the online record is posted here: http://www.archerycanada.ca/images/stories/FCA/Records/Indoor/FI20180514.htm. The second record, which is currently pending approval from Archery Canada was made shortly after the transition to the outdoor season on May 12, with a score of 454 at the Interlake Archers Range in Argyle, Manitoba. We contacted Amy upon the news that she had set two new national records in less than a month, to find out more about the young archer, her father James replied with the following.

Amy enjoys all types of archery, including indoor and outdoor target and 3D; as long as it is ‘Barebow’. Amy started taking lessons almost five years ago at Heights Archery Academy because it looked like a fun thing to try. Amy was encouraged to take up competitive archery in 2016 by the late coach Glen Lewer. Since her introduction to competition, Amy shoots 2 -3 times per week with her father, constantly working to improve upon her personal best. In the past two years, while competing in this category, Amy has won gold in the Canadian Indoor Regional Championships (2017 & 2018), as well as placed first in the 2018 Archery Canada Indoor Mail Match. Looking forward, Amy has hinted that she may consider shooting Olympic Recurve when she becomes a Cub next year, but she plans on shooting Barebow for at least the remainder of her Pre-Cub year (2018). Amy is looking forward to the outdoor target and 3D tournaments this summer and hopes to see more kids her age at competitions regardless of their shooting style or ability.

The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba would like to congratulate Amy again on this wonderful achievement, we look forward to her continued growth as a competitive archer and hope this is the first of many notable achievements!





ABAM Executive Committee: Treasurer Position

The ABAM is seeking interested members to apply for the Executive Committee Position of Treasurer.  The vacant position is currently in its first year of a two year term, expiring upon the 2019 AGM, to be held in December 2019. The position description is as follows:

The Treasurer shall:
• Ensure that full and accurate account of all ABAM receipts and disbursements are kept in proper books of account, and that all monies or other valuables received are deposited in the
name of and to the credit of ABAM in a bank designated by the Executive Committee.
• Disburse ABAM funds under the direction of the Board of Directors, and shall give the Board an account of its transactions and financial position at regular meetings and at other times as                 directed by the President.

• Assist the Executive Director and Executive Committee in the preparation of Association budgets.

Tasks by month

  • June: Sign the approved audit before July 20th, date it is due to Sport MB
  • June/July:  Budget planning meeting with Executive and ED for the annual Sport MB funding applications due August.

Tasks with no set deadline

  • Sign cheques as needed
  • Other tasks as needed


We ask that all interested members fill out the Nomination Form available below and submit to info@abam.ca by Tuesday May 22, 2018.

To download the Nomination Form, please  CLICK HERE


Repost: 28 crowned at 2018 Canadian Indoor 3D Championships

Repost from Archery Canada: http://www.fca.ca/en/news/28-crowned-2018-canadian-indoor-3d-championships

OTTAWA (Archery Canada) – No less than 28 national titlists were crowned last weekend at the 2018 Canadian Indoor 3D Archery Championships hosted by the Elk Ridge Archery Club in Sundre, Alberta (April 29-30).

Archery Canada Website: www.archerycanada.ca/en

Complete Results: 2018 Canadian Indoor 3D Championships

Championship Website: Sundre 2018

It marked the 14th edition of the annual event, which was added to the Archery Canada schedule in 2005.

“The event offered three unique courses that each had their own unique feel and challenges that really tested all the archer’s skills,” said Aaron Bull, Vice President 3D Programs at Archery Canada. “The competition was hard fought in many of the categories with the nation’s top athletes in attendance fighting for a spot on the podium.”

“In hosting the Canadian Indoor 3D Archery Championships this past weekend, our community got the chance to be part of shared optimism, excitement and spirit, and to celebrate the remarkable talent of elite national archery competition,” added Sundre Mayor Terry Leslie. “The Elk Ridge Archery Club, our local volunteers, businesses, town staff and spectators came together with the purpose of helping to give every competitor the chance to create great memories and build relationships. We all got to touch the future as we watched the younger competitors begin to dream their goals for the next generation. This was a once in a lifetime experience for all involved, and we are a grateful community for having the opportunity to be part of it.”

Of the 28 archers who reached the top of the podium in Sundre, nine successfully defended their national titles from 2017, including Roseanne Quintal(Master 50 Traditional – women), Caroline Laue (Instinctive – women), Angela Hay (Hunter – women), Al Campsall (Master 60 Compound – men), Ron Sullivan (Para Compound – men), Joel Schmid (Cub Compound – men), Gary Bosch (Barebow – men), Monty Vander Westhuizen (Longbow – men) and Fred Streleoff(Instinctive – men).

In addition, Heather Leduc claimed barebow gold in women’s competition after triumphing in longbow a year ago, while on the men’s side, Zak Filgas added the junior compound title to his win in the cadet age group in 2017.

Below is a complete list of 2018 indoor 3D national champions.

2018 national champions (women)

Master 50 Traditional: Roseanne Quintal – Alberta Target Archers Association (465 points)

Master 60 Compound: Valery Gaspard – British Columbia (726)

Master 50 Compound: Pat Wuin – Club TBD (728)

Compound Unlimited: Kira Mercereau – Calgary Archers Club (811)

Compound Fixed Pin: Lacey Moore – Langenburg Archery Club (638)

Junior Compound: Jess Watson – Ontario Association of Archers (740)

Cadet Compound: Stephanie Drewes – Yellowhead Arrow Launchers (773)

Cub Compound: Brooklyn Berge – Alberta Target Archers Association (720)

Pre-Cub Compound: Arianna Anderson – Central Alberta Archers Association (449)

Barebow: Heather Leduc – Thunder Creek Archery Club (581)

Longbow: Hailey Johnstone – CJ Archery (322)

Instinctive: Caroline Laue – Alberta Target Archers Association (518)

Hunter: Angela Hay – Burnaby Archers (728)

2018 national champions (men)

Master 50 Traditional: Ron Quintal – Alberta Target Archers Association (620 points)

Master 60 Compound: Al Campsall – Cariboo Archers Association (813)

Master 50 Compound: Rick Martin – Alberta Target Archers Association (822)

Compound Unlimited: Nolan Johnson – Broken Arrow Archery Club (851)

Compound Fixed Pin: Kris Skelly – Brazeau Bowbenders Archery Club (833)

Para Compound: Ron Sullivan – Elk Ridge Archery Club (766)

Junior Compound: Zak Filgas – Jimbows Junior Archery Club (799)

Cadet Compound: Adam Berge – Alberta Target Archers Association (807)

Cub Compound: Joel Schmid – Alberta Target Archers Association (813)

Pre-Cub Compound: Ryan Simons – Frontier Bowmen (618)

Barebow: Gary Bosch – Lloydminster & Area Archers (653)

Longbow: Monty Vander Westhuizen – Medicine Hat SAAMIS Archers (532)

Instinctive: Fred Streleoff – Cariboo Archers Association (645)

Hunter: Frank Aubin – Cowichan Bowmen (722)

2018 national champions (women & men combined)

Pee Wee: Chase Belcher – Central Alberta Archers Association (579)



ABAM Executive Committee Changes

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!


2018/2019 Provincial Target Team Program

ABAM Provincial Target Team

The ABAM Provincial Team Program offers numerous resources for developing and elite competitive archers including, team coaching and team training sessions, access to strength training, mental coaching, and travel support to compete at National & International Events.

The 2018 – 2019 ABAM Provincial Team Documents are now available below:

Target Team Documents:


Beginner Coaching Course May 5 – 6

Have you ever thought about coaching archery? We are looking for intermediate to advanced archers interested in coach training to help facilitate development at the club level. If you would like to get involved with coaching new archers in your community/club, we are hosting the perfect course for you!

Certified coach training ensures that instruction in our sport is delivered correctly and professionally. In addition to learning archery specific techniques, the  National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Course includes athlete and program management skills that can be an asset in your personal and professional life.

ABAM Coaching Coordinator, Ron Cooney will be hosting a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Instructor of Beginner Archer Course (Level 1) Course on the Weekend of May 5 & 6. The sessions will be held in Winnipeg at the Sport for Life Center, located at  145 Pacific Avenue. The course will run from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM both days at a cost of $100 per participant.

Instructor of Beginner Archers: By presenting several mini-lessons and demonstrations, as well as observing interventions during shooting throughout the course of this workshop, coaches/instructors will be prepared to introduce archery to athletes in a variety of settings, including: clubs, camps, schools, and other organized activities.

Please note, there is a $50 rebate for candidates that complete their evaluation. This course is available for youth and adults interested in becoming a coach.

To Register for the course, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/qesQyUkwE4ONAy5M2

For any inquires about the course, please contact Ryan Van Berkel at info@abam.ca 

For more information on the Archery Canada NCCP Coaching Pathway, please visit the links below.

Coaching Archery in Canada – CLICK HERE 

Instructor of Beginner: Pathway to Certification – CLICK HERE 

Instructor & Coach: Training & Certification – CLICK HERE



Sunday April 22 – SMASH Humboldt Broncos Indoor 3D Charity Shoot

The South Mountain Archer Shooters & Hunters, of Erickson, MB and the Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba will partner to host an Indoor 3D Shoot, Sunday April 22 in support of fundraising for the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy. All proceeds from the event will go directly to those affected by the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos.

The event drop-in registration will open from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The event will include food and beverage for sale in support of the fundraising efforts, with a breakfast served from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM  by the Erickson Old Timers Hockey Team. In addition to food available on site, there will be a Chinese Auction and 50/50 Draw.

The event is open to shooters & hunters of all abilities, including a non-competitive category that allows for the use of range finders.

Join us for a great day of shooting in support of an even greater cause!


2017 – 2018 ABAM Bowhunting Awards

Bowhunter of the Year Award & Bowhunting Pin Award Program

We are happy to announce that recently appointed ABAM Provincial Bowhunting Coordinator, Brad Hackewich of the Yellowhead Bowhunters in Neepawa, has been working to re-establish the annual ABAM Bowhunter of the Year Award and Bowhunting Pin Awards. The annual award descriptions and forms are available below for your reference. For any questions regarding the awards programs, please email Brad at bowhunting@abam.ca or the ABAM Office at info@abam.ca

For Bowhunter of the year award, senior male and female (age 18 and over as of January 1st), a minimum of two species must be taken.

  • For Bowhunter of the year award, junior male and female (ages 12 to 17 as of January 1st), only one species is needed.
  • Each animal entered must be accompanied with the hunter’s tag number and tags are not transferable.
  • Animals taken in the rifle season using archery equipment may be entered.
  • Only one animal from each species may be entered with the following point system in effect:


SPECIES                                                                 POINTS

All animals must be taken under the rules of fair chase.  The term “Fair Chase” shall not include animals taken under the following conditions.

a) helpless in or because of deep snow
b) helpless in water
c) helpless on ice
d) helpless in a trap
e) While confined (game farms etc.)
f) by jack lighting
g) from any powered vehicle
h) no dogs may be used
i) any other method the board of directors deems unsportsmanlike.

  • All animals must be taken within the boundaries of Manitoba.
  • All animals must be taken according to date and season where game was hunted.
  • All members must abide by all wildlife regulations.
  • All animals entered must be taken with no other means than the bow and arrow.
  • All animals taken must be entered by the end of May of the next year (May 2018)
  • No heads will be measured until after 60 days of the date of kill.
  • All application forms must be signed by one witness who was present at the time of kill or who viewed the carcass.
  • Any animal taken before the annual membership fees are paid will not be eligible for any award or points.
  • Only ABAM members qualify for Bowhunter of the year awards.

An animal is eligible for any award only when recovered before the search by the hunter was abandoned and all other procedures were carried out in full, (tagging etc.).  If the animal was not recovered within 24 hours a letter of explanation must accompany the entry form and the board of directors will decide if animal is eligible for awards.

All entry forms should be sent to the Bowhunting Coordinator and he will make arrangements for all heads that require scoring or send a photocopy of your official score sheet.

All entries will receive an animal award pin.



2017- 2018 ABAM Bowhunting Pin Award Program

Each year, the ABAM awards “PIN AWARDS” for members who harvest game under fair chase in the respective hunting season.

These pins are for any legally taken animal. We have pins for turkey, bear, deer, moose, elk and caribou.

If you are an ABAM member in 2017/2018 and harvest one of the species between January 1, 2017 – May 25, 2018 simply complete the form below and mail it to the ABAM (regular mail or electronic) by May 31, 2018.

Members may apply for an award for each species that are harvested. Your pin will be mailed to you. Good Luck!

Please mail or email the form linked below to 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z6 or info@abam.ca 

To download the Pin Award Application Form Please Click Here


Position Posting: Provincial Target Team Head Coach

The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba are seeking a candidate to fill the position of Provincial Target Team Head Coach. Interested applicants are required to submit their resume before Friday April 20, 2018. To view the job listing and full job description, please see below:

Provincial Target Team Head Coach

Winnipeg, MB


The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba (ABAM) is the Provincial Governing Body of the Sport of Archery in Manitoba. Our mission is to perpetuate, foster, and direct excellence in the sport of Archery. To achieve this mission, our vision is to provide leadership through the provision of programs, activities, facilities and financial support of archers.


Job Description:

  • Organize athlete training and competition plans in cooperation with personal coaches and parents
  • Communicate with personal coaches to monitor training and competitions
  • Work with athletes during competitions & training events
  • Create and execute a program task list annually
  • Scout talent at local competitions and programs
  • Sit as a member of the Athlete Development Committee


Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Must hold a recognized certification from a coaching or national association, with a desired equivalent to Canadian NCCP Level 3, or working toward a comparable level of certification – Competition Development, Competition High Performance.
  • Should have proven ability and experience in developing a provincial level high performance development and competition program.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise specific to the discipline assigned to coach
  • Previous experience in Provincial level programs (coaching and training)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid First Aid & CPR certification
  • Valid Sport Manitoba “Respect in Sport” Online Education
  • Valid Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry Checks (Annually)
  • Valid ABAM Staff Agreement



The Provincial Coach will be compensated in the form of an honorarium or professional development opportunities, or combination of both. The honorarium amount and investment in professional development will be based on the qualifications of the candidate.

Honorarium & Professional Development amounts to be reviewed annually.


 How to Apply: Resumes are to be sent by mail or email no later than Friday April 20, 2018 to:

Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba

410 – 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2Z6





Full Job Description 







The ABAM is happy to announce the creation of a new permanent committee, the Executive Committee has moved to create the ABAM 3D Committee to represent and guide 3D Events and Athlete Development in the Province.

The committee will be made up of seven members, five voting and two non-voting (VP Events & Executive Director).  The ABAM 3D Committee will hold a minimum six (6) face-to-face meetings or telephone conference calls, throughout the year as necessary, to perform its functions.

In the first year of the committee (2018), three members will be selected to 3 year terms, while two members to two year terms.

To apply to serve on the ABAM 3D Committee, please download the application listed below and please indicate your desired term length. The application deadline is Friday April 13, 2018. Committee selection will take place Tuesday April 17, 2018.


Full Committee Description 

ABAM 3D Archery Committee


# Topic Text/Comments
1 Type of Committee


Standing Committee

(see ABAM Bylaws, Committees)

2 Purpose and Scope of Committee The ABAM 3D Archery Committee is responsible for matters relating to the disciplines of indoor and outdoor 3D target archery within the Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba.


The 3D Archery Committee reports to the Executive Committee on all matters surrounding the disciplines, including the organization of 3D Events and Provincial Team Programs. Members of the committee will evaluate and offer feedback regarding possible changes to the discipline, scoring and timing procedures, tournament conduct and rules, tournament equipment, and other relevant aspects. The committee offers guidance and drafts documents with the goal of assisting the organization & member clubs promote the discipline from the initiation to Provincial Team level.

3 Composition


  • Number of members
  • Qualifications of members
  • How appointed/selected
  • Rotations (if any)
  • Quorum


The ABAM 3D Archery Committee consists of five (5) voting members elected to two-year terms and two (2) non-voting members. The committee will be chaired by the acting Vice President Events. The ABAM Executive Director will act as committee secretary. Nomination to the committee will be open to all ABAM Members through an application process. The selection of applications/nominees will be approved by the ABAM Executive Committee on recommendation by the acting Vice President Events.


All members ABAM 3D Committee must be current, active members of the ABAM.


Following the initiation of the committee, terms of membership shall begin on January 1st of the upcoming year, following selection by the Executive Committee.  Membership shall be staggered to assure continuity of the committee. In the initial year (2018), the committee terms will be staggered, three members will be selected to two year terms and two members will be selected to a one year term.


A quorum is defined as a majority of voting members of the ABAM 3D Committee.

4 Responsibilities/Duties


Duties of the ABAM 3D Archery Committee

1.      In coordination with the ABAM Executive Committee, recommend revisions to ABAM Programs and Procedures relevant to 3D Archery.

2.      Review the Provincial 3D Program Document annually to ensure that strategies and goals are relevant to the betterment of the program.

3.      Prepare status reports and minutes of meetings or conference calls for review by the ABAM Executive Committee.

4.      Communicate with the President of the ABAM prior to taking action or sending out correspondence that impacts on ABAM program participants, members or member clubs.

5.      Communicate all pertinent document, goals and recommendations to the ABAM Executive Committee in a timely manner.


5 Authority/Decision-Making


The ABAM 3D Archery Committee has no authority to make final decisions. The committee’s mandate is to make recommendations & produce program documents for review and final approval by the ABAM Executive Committee.
6 Meetings/Schedules


The ABAM 3D Committee holds a minimum six (6) face-to-face meetings or telephone conference calls, throughout the year as necessary, to perform its functions. Likewise, some issues are discussed and resolved via email communications. The committee chair has the authority to schedule additional meeting if necessary.