Passing of Roger Garrod

It is with a heavy heart that the Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba announces the passing of Roger Garrod, a great man and ambassador to the sport of Archery. Roger was a tireless volunteer and archer of many disciplines, during his years of involvement he served on multiple provincial and national committees, was a provincial coach, coach educator, as well judging  provincial, national, and international events. More recently, Roger had been an integral part of his local club, the Selkirk Archers & Bowhunters as it increased events and development, as well a driving force behind getting Archery back in the Manitoba Games. Roger will be missed. Our sincere condolences go out to Roger’s family and in particular his wife Helen.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 12 in the Qualico Family Centre by the duck pond in Assiniboine Park. This information is also posted on the Cropo Funeral Chapel website.

To view Roger’s Obituary, please click the following link: http://passages.winnipegfreepress.com/passage-details/id-249803/Garrod_%20Roger


2017 ABAM Awards Nominations & Luncheon

The ABAM 2017 Annual Awards Lunch & Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday November 26, 2017 at the Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame at the Sport for Life Center, located at 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.

The Awards Ceremonies will begin at 11:00 AM, followed by lunch at 12:00. The Annual General Meeting will take place following lunch at approximately 1:00 PM.

Annual Awards Lunch

The following awards are currently open for nomination:

Target Archer of the Year: In recognition of the Manitoba Archer with the most outstanding achievement(s) in provincial, national or international Target Archery in the past year.

3D Archer of the Year: In recognition of the Manitoba Archer with the most outstanding achievement(s) in provincial, national or international 3D Archery in the past year.

Rising Star Award: In recognition of the Manitoba Youth Archer (Cadet & under) with the most outstanding achievement(s) in provincial, national or international archery in the past year.

Coach of the Year Award: Awarded to the Coach who has contributed the most to developing archery in the province of Manitoba during the previous year.

Volunteer of the Year: Awarded to the volunteer who has contributed the most to developing archery with in the province of Manitoba during the previous year.

To nominate a fellow member for one the above listed awards, please download the Award Nomination Form below and submit via email to info@abam.ca no later than Friday November 10.



Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting 

The ABAM 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday November 26, 2017 at the Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame at the Sport for Life Center, located at 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.

The Annual General Meeting will take place following the 2017 Awards Lunch at approximately 1:00 PM.

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting.

Executive Committee Positions up for election are as follows:

Please click the position above to be download the position description.


Annual General Meeting Agenda- Coming Soon

Minutes from the 2016 Annual General Meeting

Minutes from the 2017 Special General Meeting 

Please RSVP attendance at the meeting in person or via teleconference by Friday November 20, 2017. Please note, the deadline to submit agenda items or motions


Manitoba Winter Games Archery


The Manitoba Winter Games Archery Event is seeking female and male archers aged 16 & Under with intermediate to advance skills in recurve or compound archery. The Manitoba Winter Games is a fantastic athletic and character building experience for youth, as they will practice, travel and compete with their fellow team members to represent their home region in Manitoba. This exciting developmental event will take place in Thompson, MB and will include a 3 three day archery tournament starting March 4, 2018. Whether you are a bowhunter or  recreational archer with limited competition experience, we encourage you to participate in your regional preparation camps!

The preparation camps (“Prep Camps”) are hosted by regional coaches and managers with National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) training and is geared toward development of archery skills and introduction to competition. The Prep Camps will prepare archers for the regional qualifier hosted in December 2017.

One of best parts about the Manitoba Winter Games Archery Event is the low cost for the opportunity to participate! There is no cost associated to the participation in the Regional Prep Camps & Qualifier.

Please note, it is not mandatory to attend both Prep Camps, but it is recommended.

For more information on the event, please contact Ryan Van Berkel at the office by email at info@abam.ca

or telephone at 204 925 5697

Pre Registration is Mandatory for events. To register for your regional events, please click the links below:

Key Regional Information

Sport Regions Map

East Region

Coach:  Mike Fox
Manger: Joanna Lachance

5-Nov-17 MB Games – East Region Promotional Event 10:00 AM 4 Hours Ashern Arena – Ashern, MB
18-Nov-17 MB Games – East Region Prep Camp 1 10:00 AM 2 Hours St. Laurent School – St. Laurent, MB
19-Nov-17 MB Games – East Region Prep Camp 2 1:00 PM 2 Hours St. George, MB
25-Nov-17 MB Games – East Region Prep Camp 3 10:00 AM 2 Hours Selkirk
9-Dec-17 MB Games – East Qualifier 10:00 AM Happy Thought School – East Selkirk, MB

South Region


Coach:  Pierre de Moissac
Manger: Gloria Penner

21-Oct-17 South Prep Camp 1 3:00 PM 3 Hours D & G Archery
29-Oct-17 South Prep Camp 2 2:00 PM 2 Hours D & G Archery
10-Dec-17 South Qualifier 1:00 PM D & G Archery


West Region

Coach: Chris Iverson
Manger: April Burdeny

28-Oct-17 West Prep Camp 1 1:00 PM 4 Hours Birtle Collegiate
12-Nov-17 West Prep Camp 2 1:00 PM 4 Hours Neepawa Collegiate
18-Nov-17 West Prep Camp 3 1:00 PM 4 Hours TBD
26-Nov-17 West Prep Camp 4 1:00 PM 4 Hours Neepawa Collegiate
17-Dec-17 West Qualifier 10:00 AM TBA


Winnipeg Blue Region (West Winnipeg)

Coach: David Dunwoody
Manger: Carrie Minion

21-Oct-17 Winnipeg Blue Prep Camp 1 5:00 PM 2 Hours Heights Archery
28-Oct-17 Winnipeg Blue Prep Camp 2 5:00 PM 2 Hours Heights Archery
12-Nov-17 Winnipeg Blue Prep Camp 3 5:00 PM  2 Hours Heights Archery
18-Nov-17 Winnipeg Blue Prep Camp 4 5:00 PM  2 Hours Heights Archery
3-Dec-17 Winnipeg Blue Qaulifier TBD Heights Archery


Winnipeg Gold Region (East Winnipeg) 

Coach: Kelly Taylor
Manger: Darlene Cherniak

5-Nov-17 Winnipeg Gold Prep Camp 1 5:00 PM 2 Hours Heartland
26-Nov-17 Winnipeg Gold Prep Camp 2 5:00 PM  2 Hours Heartland
17-Dec-17 Winnipeg Gold Qualifier 5:00 PM Heartland


Contacts: (Click to email)
Sport Chair:                                   Tom Crawford: lizlake7@yahoo.ca or tclizlake7@gmail.com
Technical Director:                      Roger Garrod
VP Events:                                     Aaron Bull
ABAM Executive Director          Ryan Van Berkel 

Important Links:
Technical Package (Version 3.0 – April 11, 2017)

Sport Manitoba Official Games Website 

Information Overview:

The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is proud to be a part of the 2018 Manitoba Games, to be hosted in Thompson, MB in Winter 2018.

The 2018 Manitoba Winter Games Powered by Manitoba Hydro will be held in Thompson from March 4-10, 2018. The Games are a competitive, developmental opportunity for selected sports to advance their Provincial Sport Organization’s long term athlete and coach development plans. The age or stage selected generally complies with the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Train to Train stage of development.

Participation in the Manitoba Games begins with regional try outs. Regional teams of approximately 200 athletes, coaches, and managers go on to participate in the Provincial Finals.

The Manitoba Games Powered by Manitoba Hydro are often an athlete’s first multi-sport Games experience. The Games help to identify Manitoba athletes who have the potential to advance to higher levels of competition: Provincial Team, National Competitions, and the Canada and Western Canada Games. After competing in the Manitoba Games, many athletes move on to become part of Team Manitoba.

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Team Manitoba Archers Compete at 2017 World Archery Youth Championships

The Archers and Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is proud to have four Provincial Team Archers heading to the 2017 World Archery Youth Championships in Rosario, Argentina this weekend. Team Members Austin Taylor, Brady Klassen & Robbie Comberbach will be competing in the individual and team events in the Cadet Compound Male Division. Team Member Bryanne Lameg will be competing in the individual and team events in the Junior Compound Female Division. The organization would like to wish all of the athletes from Manitoba and the rest of Canada the best of luck in their performance. We will be watching with excitement and supporting them as they compete at the highest level of their respective age category.


         (from left to right: Bryanne Lameg, Brady Klassen & Austin Taylor)    


From left to right – Brady Klassen, Austin Taylor & Robbie Comberbach) 

The tournament will begin with official practice on Monday October 2 and will end the evening of Sunday October 8 with medal matches. World Archery will be providing coverage of the event with live scoring on IANSEO, photography and video. We will be sharing all of the content throughout the week on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/archersandbowhuntersassociationofmanitoba/ (please note, this page is accessible to the public without a personal Facebook Account)

Please note: Rosario, Argentina is 2 hours ahead of Central Standard Time. The schedules posted at the links below reflect events times in Rosario.

For all of the coverage directly from World Archery & IANSEO, please use the following links:

Official Event Page

Official Results Page

Official Schedule

Official Event Facebook Page


ABAM Office Closed

The ABAM Office will be closed from Friday September 8 to Monday September 18, 2017 as Executive Director, Ryan Van Berkel will be away at a World Archery Event. The info@abam.ca email will be monitored while the office is closed. If you have an urgent matter, please contact ABAM President Walter Potrebka at president@abam.ca or text message Ryan Van Berkel at 204 291 1775.


Team Manitoba at 2017 Canadian Archery Championships

Congratulations to Team Manitoba Target Archery on a strong performance this past week at the 2017 Canadian Field & Target Archery Championships in Brossard, QC! The team started the week off with several archers making the podium at the Canadian Field Championships. Ryan Cherniak took first place in the Cub Male Compound Division, followed by Manitoba taking the top four spots in the Cadet Male Compound Division with Austin Taylor in 1st, Robbie Comberbach in 2nd, Brady Klassen in 3rd and Kyle Cherniak in 4th. In addition to the great placements, Austin Taylor tied a Canadian Championship Record with his score of 405. For full results listing of the field event, please visit: http://ianseo.net/TourData/2017/2750/IC.php


(Shown Above from Left to Right: Brady Klassen, Bryanne Lameg, and Nigel Jaikaran)

Following the Field Archery Championships and prior to the Canadian Target Championships, Team members Austin Taylor, Brady Klassen & Bryanne Lameg represented Manitoba in the Fred Usher Cup. Team Manitoba eliminated New Brunswick, Ontario, and Saskatchewan to take first place. This is the third year in a row Team Manitoba has made the Finals and our second Fred Usher Cup win in that time.


(Shown Above from Left to Right: Bryanne Lameg, Brady Klassen,and Austin Taylor)

The Target Championships consisted of two 720 rounds spanning August 11 & 12. The two days of competition saw recurve and compound archers alternate shooting times each day and a range of weather conditions that included high heat, humidity, and variable winds. Despite the range of weather, Team Manitoba Archers hard work and preparation shone through as several athletes hit the podium and set new Canadian Championship Records. Placing in the top three of their respective divisions were:

Cub Compound Male

Ryan Cherniak – 1st Place

Cadet Compound Male
Austin Taylor – 1st Place
Brady Klassen – 2nd Place
Robbie Comberbach – 3rd Place



(Shown in left photo above in 1st place – Ryan Cherniak) (Shown in right photo above from left to right: Brady Klassen, Austin Taylor, and Robbie Comberbach)

In addition to the podium placements listed above, Junior Female Compound Team Archer Bryanne Lameg set a new Canadian Championship record with a score of 672. Austin Taylor also set a new Canadian Championship Record in the Cadet Male Compound Division with his score of 691.

More notable results from Team Manitoba Archers is as follows:

Bryanne Lameg     Compound Junior Female    7th Place
David Dunwoody  Recurve Male                           11th Place
Keenan Brown       Compound Male                      7th Place
Kyle Cherniak        Compound Cadet Male           7th Place
Simon Potrebka     Compound Junior Male         9th Place

We would also like to acknowledge Austin’s father, Kelly Taylor who placed  10th in the Compound Master Male Division! For full Target Championships results listing, please go to: http://ianseo.net/Details.php?toId=2755

The final event of the weekend is the annual Canadian Open. The open is an elimination match play event based off the ranking from the Canadian Championships. Junior Compound Male, Simon Potrebka shot well in the open. Simon made it to the 1/4 finals before falling to his opponent in a shoot off. Cadet Compound Male Team Members Austin Taylor, Brady Klassen and Robbie Comberbach had an impressive performance, taking three of the top 4 spots. Austin second place after a close loss to the his competitor. Robbie Comberbach took 3rd place in a shoot off win as him and Brady Klassen tied at 140 points.

The ABAM would like to thank the Provincial Team Leadership, Head Coach Nigel Jaikaran and Team Manager Vickie Oneschuk. Their hard work and dedication to the team played an important role in our athletes success.


Message from the President

July 17, 2017

Dear ABAM Members,

As most of you are aware, we have had a large number of changes in our funding model, and are still awaiting final word on some aspects.  While changes like this are unnerving to a volunteer run organization like ABAM, they are not the biggest threat we are facing today.

While ABAM membership numbers have remained strong, and participation at events has increased with new initiatives introduced recently, we are facing a threat that, if not remedied soon, may greatly reduce our ability to continue to provide quality events for our members.

ABAM is, and has always been an organization that is there to support our Member Clubs, and to provide resources to our athletes to further there archery careers.  We are there to provide resources and assistance to our Clubs so they can host the type and quality of events that our members expect and deserve.  This is where we need your help.

Some of our clubs are struggling to get the volunteer help they need to host events.  In fact, this year several events have had to be cancelled due to lack of volunteers, and ABAM has had to take over the organization and hosting of some major events in order to ensure that they would occur.  This is something that ABAM cannot continue to do.  ABAM does not have the manpower to host events, and it takes away an opportunity for our clubs to raise funds for their use.

I appeal to you, if you are involved in our wonderful sport, and want to see it continue in this province, please join a local club, and volunteer to help.  Without this, our ability to host events in the future is in jeopardy.  We have member clubs throughout the province, so no matter where you are located, one will be close by.

We also have a pressing need for new officials & coaches.  Without officials to ensure that events are safe, and all archers are following the rules of the event, these events cannot happen.  We also rely on our officials to ensure that our archers are exposed to the type of events they will encounter when they venture outside our province to represent Manitoba or Archery Canada. Just as officiating is crucial to your ability as province to host quality events, certified coaches are instrumental to development of new archers. We are always looking for more members and club representatives to become certified from the beginner to advanced competition levels. Coaching the key to developing and retaining new participants through events and programming.

For more information on clubs near you, or training opportunities to become a certified judge or coach, please visit our website, or call our office during business hours.

Yours Truly,

Walter Potrebka
Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba