August 6, 2018

Ahead of the 2018 Canadian Archery Championships in Truro, NS,  Team Manitoba Canada Winter Games Coach Duncan Crawford and Manitoba Coach Avril Hatherell planned and facilitated a multi-province training camp in Truro, NS. The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba would like to thank Duncan, Avril and our volunteer support. As well as our team and the athletes from several other provinces that made this great training camp possible! Coach Duncan Crawford offered up his take on the week below:

“It started out (months ago) planning a Team MB training camp and it ended up including archers from Manitoba, PEI, NS, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and B.C. We ended up joining forces with the TOP camp going on with Marc D. Gagnonfor a registered 720 this morning. With 20 archers, we then held the ‘Mari-‘Toba’ Cup. A round robin match play that became a ‘beat the heat’ endurance game. Long story short, on the women’s side, hardware went toNattasha (3rd – MB), Macy Shaddick (2nd – PE), and Kristen Arsenault (1st – PE). Men’s side went to Keegan (3rd – PE), Kolby (2nd – NS), and Austin T (1st – MB). It should be noted that Austin Taylor (MB) and Kolby Boutilier (NS) went undefeated in each of their respective pools. It came down to a 1 arrow Shootoff with both shooting 10’s!! Austin edged Kolby for the Win.

It was a day of focus, adversity, spirit, and triumph. I was grateful to be a part of it.

I apologize for omissions, but here go the thank-you’s. St. Mary’s Archery Club, Chad HarpellGayle Marie Caudle-TurnbullIan MillicanAustin Ellis – set up, target toting, etc. To Darlene Cherniak, Vickie Oneschuk, and Team MB for hosting this shoot and organizing lunch. To Kevin Arsenault for judging, assists go to Mike O, and Marc. To the parents for setting up tents, administering sunscreen, keeping athletes hydrated, finding arrows, cleanup, and generally making my life easier. To Avril H for coaching with me. To Ryan Van Berkel and ABAM for supporting this project from inception. Special thanks to my PEI archery family who continue to support us and me in everything we do.

On the field today, we had 5 National Team archers (25%!), future olympians, World Cup archers, recurves, compound, all shooting in harmony, mixed match play, and a boat load of positive energy. It was an example of what all archery in Canada should be – mutually inclusive, fun, performance based, and VERY competitive.

Again, thank-you one ad all. Please tag anyone who had a hand in this event.