POSITION POSTING: 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Manager

2019 Canada winter Games Manager – Archery

Application Deadline Wednesday September 19, 2018.  Please Click Here to Download the Application Form

Job Description


  • Must be a Female – As per Sport Manitoba Policy, the team must have one male and one female in the role of Coach and Manager. As we have selected a male coach, the manager must be female
  • Must have at least 2 years of Archery experience
  • Coaching experience is an asset.
  • Must be committed to continuing education by attending coaching symposiums, lectures, workshops, etc.



  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to communicate effectively with Athletes, Parents, Coaches, and Officials.
  • Organization
  • Archery competition experience as an athlete, coach, official or administrator.
  • Ability to identify issues (relating to athletes, parents, coaching staff, Mission Staff, etc.) and resolve through mediation and communication.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Liaise with Sport Manitoba, Athletes, Parents, Coaches and Officials
  • Facilitate communication between Coaching Staff, athletes, Parents, Mission Staff, Provincial Sport Organizations, National Sport Organizations, Sport Manitoba, CGMC Canada Games Council and Host Society for preparation to compete at Canada Games.
  • Facilitate communication with media for results, feature interviews
  • Ensuring the well being of Athlete’s at the Games when not actively competing.
  • Attend all Sport Manitoba and CGMC meetings as required.
  • Provide necessary support to the Canada Games Coach
  • Provide a positive and memorable environment for the Canada Games Archery Team.
  • Access appropriate resources through the Performance Enhancement Project
  • Attend all mandatory Canada Games seminars, meeting, etc.
  • Attend all team training sessions
  • Attend 2019 Canada Winter Games and carry out all managerial functions necessary at the Games
  • Coordinate short and long-term logistical planning in cooperation with Coaching Staff, Mission Staff and other partners as needed.
  • Facilitate and ensure that all required documentation is processed within established deadlines.
  • Ensure that all team members including coaching staff are aware of, and participate in, all Canada Games functions.
  • Ensure team members including coaching staff are aware and comply with the ABAM and Team Manitoba Codes of Conduct.
  • Support the Athlete Post Games Evaluation tool
  • Submit a Post Games report
  • Maintain the ABAM and Team Manitoba Code of Ethics.


Compensation & Benefits

The position will include a $1000 honorarium for time spent in lead up to and at the Canada Winter Games. There will be no cost to the manager for local travel, travel to pre-games events & the Canada Winter Games. The Manager will receive a Canada Winter Games Clothing Package at no cost.


Manitoba archers bring 12 medals home from national championship

(Shown in photo above: front row – left to right: Tryston Scrivener, Tom Comberbach (National Judge Candidate), Nattasha Shpak, Sloane Scrivener, Chyler Sanders, Michael Oneschuk (National Judge). Back row – left to right: Avril Hatherell (Coach), Bryanne Lameg, Brady Klassen, Keenan Brown, Austin Taylor, Robbie Comberbach, Simon Potrebka, Kelly Taylor, Kyle Cherniak & Ryan Cherniak.)

Aug. 12, 2018

TRURO, N.S. — Ten archers representing Manitoba earned 12 podium spots at the Canadian National Archery Championship Aug. 8 to 12, and Team Manitoba won the coveted Fred Usher Cup for a second year in a row and for the third year of the past four.

Earning double gold (in target and field) was Austin Taylor, 18, of Winnipeg. Taylor’s 410 in field set the national record, besting the previous record by 10 points. Robbie Comberbach, 16, also of Winnipeg, earned a gold medal in field and a silver medal in target.

Brady Klassen, 16, of Winnipeg, earned a gold medal in target, as did Bryanne Lameg, another Winnipegger who is now on her way to Colombia to compete for a spot at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Peru.

Chyler Sanders and Nattasha Shpak, both 14 and both from Winnipeg, earned silver and bronze in target respectively, while Simon Potrebka and Keenan Brown won bronze in their respective target categories. Ryan Cherniak, 14, won bronze in target.

In the Canadian Open Match play elimination event, Pre Cub Compound shooter, Tryston Scrivener placed 3rd in his first time competing in the Cub Open Category. Kelly Taylor, also of Winnipeg, earned a bronze medal in field.

Austin Taylor and Potrebka shoot in the junior man, compound category, while Comberbach, Klassen, Kyle Cherniak  & Ryan Cherniak shoot in the cadet man, compound category. Sloan Scrivener shoot in the cub male compound category.  Sanders and Shpak shoot in the cub women compound category and Brown shoots in the compound men category. Kelly Taylor shoots in the master men compound category.  Bryanne Lameg shoots junior women compound category

Austin Taylor is Canada’s No. 1-ranked junior male archer — and second among men overall — while Comberbach and Klassen are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 respectively among cadet male archers.

Outdoor target archery consists of two days of shooting, each day featuring 12 rounds of six arrows each with a maximum score per arrow of 10 points, or 720 overall. Field archery consists of shooting three arrows at each of 24 targets set at varying distances with a maximum score of six points per arrow or 432 overall.

The Fred Usher Cup is a showdown of the provinces, and each match features four ends of six arrows per team (two arrows per archer) shot at a distance of 70 metres. Team Manitoba — Klassen, Austin Taylor and Comberbach — defeated key rival Alberta in their first match, and then defeated Newfoundland and Saskatchewan for the victory.



East Coast Training Camp & ‘Mari-‘Toba’ Cup

 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.




Team Manitoba Wins 2018 Fred Usher Cup

(Team Manitoba Fred Usher Cup Winners being presented the cup by Archery Canada Board Member Aaron Bull from left to right – Robbie Comberbach, Austin Taylor & Brady Klassen)

August 9, 2018 – Truro, Nova Scotia

Team Manitoba Archers Austin Taylor, Brady Klassen and Robbie Comberbach made up the 2018 Fred Usher Cup team for Manitoba that finished 1st in the event earlier today at the 2018 Canadian Archery Championships. After a first round bye, the team went on to eliminate Alberta and Newfoundland before meeting Saskatchewan in the finals. Team Manitoba took top prize, the Fred Usher Cup for the third time in four years as they defeated Team Saskatchewan 220 – 179. Congratulations and thank you to all the Team Manitoba members and parents for supporting our archers as they brought home the cup again.





Team Manitoba hits podium at 2018 Canadian 3D Championship


(Shown above: Team Manitoba Shooter Curtis Braun after placing 3rd in the Compound Fixed Pin Senior Male Category)


August 9, 2018 – Truro, Nova Scotia

Manitoba had a strong contingent of 3D shooters attend the 2018 Canadian 3D Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia this past weekend. Team Members Cornelia Squirra, Curtis Braun, Francois Squirra, Miles Towle, Robert Foster, Stella Braun, & Taylor Laffin competed and medalled in a variety of categories. Joining Team Manitoba were Shooters, Leon Laffin, Alex & Patrick Perron, and Petra & Robin Squirra, as well Manitoba 3D Representative Russ Danielson and Archery Canada Board Member and Vice President 3D Programs Aaron Bull were in attendance. Following a fantastic event and great performances by our archers, the Manitoba specific results are as follows:

Alex Perron Compound Cadet Male 4th
Cornelia Squirra Longbow Senior Female 3rd
Curtis Braun Compound Fixed Pins Senior Male 3rd
Francois Squirra Longbow Senior Male 9th
Leon Laffin Compound Unlimited Male 26th
Miles Towle Longbow Senior Male 11th
Partick Perron Compound Unlimited Male 30th
Petra Squirra Longbow Senior Female 6th
Robin Squirra Traditonal Pre Cub Female 1st
Robert Foster Compound Unlimited Male 28th
Russ Danielson Compound Unlimited Male 18th
Stella Braun Compound Fixed Pins Senior Female 2nd
Taylor Laffin Compound Cadet Female 4th





For a full listing of the results, please visit:


32 crowned at 2018 Canadian Outdoor 3D Championships

Article from Archery Canada’s Website: 

OTTAWA (Archery Canada) – Thirty-two national titlists were crowned at the 2018 Canadian Outdoor 3D Archery Championships held from August 3-6 at Victoria Park in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Archery Canada Website:

Championship Website: Truro 2018

Complete Results: Results

“The event was very well attended by archers from coast to coast,” said Aaron Bull, Vice President 3D Programs at Archery Canada. The weather was a big factor during the first two rounds with significant storms drenching the competitors. The third day, the weather cooperated with the sun shining for the final round and Grand Prix shoot off.”

Of the 32 archers who reached the top of the podium in Truro, five successfully defended their national outdoor titles from 2017, including Monica Higgins(Compound Unlimited), Jessica Beaumont (Junior Compound), Joelle Thurow (Pre-Cub Compound) and Robin Squirra (Pre-Cub Traditional) on the women’s side, as well as Fred Streleoff (Instinctive) in men’s competition.

In men’s action, Christian Frenette (Master 50 Traditional) and Ty Thurow (Cadet Compound) also claimed gold for the second straight year, with their latest triumphs coming in different categories than in 2017. They had prevailed in Barebow and Cub Compound, respectively, last summer in Amos, Que.

For his part, Streleoff was one of four archers to capture a second 3D national title in 2018, adding to his win at the Canadian Indoor Championships held in late April in Sundre, Alta. The other athletes to accomplish the feat were Monty Vander Westhuizen (Men’s Longbow) and Heather Leduc (Women’s Barebow), as well as Angela Hay, who prevailed in the Women’s Compound Fixed Pin category after winning the Hunter competition at the indoor event.

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


Master 60 Compound: Sandie Plashka – Brazeau Bowbenders Archery Club (707 points)

Master 50 Compound: Ann Neumeyer – Lethbridge Bowbenders Archery Club (662)

Compound Unlimited: Monica Higgins – Taber Archers & Bowhunters (740)

Pre-Cub Traditional: Robin Squirra – Asessippi Archery Club (250)

Compound Fixed Pin: Angela Hay – Burnaby Archers (601)

Junior Compound: Jessica Beaumont – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (678)

Cadet Compound: Taylor Dutka – British Columbia (708)

Cub Compound: Hanna Kubas – St. Mary’s Archers of Truro (539)

Pre-Cub Compound: Joelle Thurow – Cariboo Archers Association (763)

Barebow: Heather Leduc – Thunder Creek Archery Club (680)

Longbow: Jessie Mobbs – British Columbia (519)

Instinctive: Trudy Dryden – Glades Traditional Archery Club (619)

Junior Instinctive: Lauren Quann – Archery Nova Scotia (411)

Hunter: Johanne Paradis – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (704)

Known 50: Christa Harpell – St. Mary’s Archers of Truro (672)


Master 50 Traditional: Christian Frenette – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (704 points)

Master 60 Compound: Daniel Archambault – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (784)

Master 50 Compound: Joe Sarrazin – Salmon Arm Archery Club (768)

Cub Traditional: Hunter Richards – Antigonish Archery Association (172)

Pre-Cub Traditional: Elijah van de Kieft – Archery Nova Scotia (201)

Compound Unlimited: Yves Couture – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (765)

Compound Fixed Pin: Glen Shaw – Burnaby Archers (705)

Junior Compound: Clay Laronde – Alberta Target Archers Association (695)

Cadet Compound: Ty Thurow – Cariboo Archers Association (778)

Cub Compound: Ryan Chamberlain – Bathurst Archery Club (780)

Pre-Cub Compound: Garrett Manning – Archery Nova Scotia (694)

Barebow: Tyler Moore – Thunder Creek Archery Club (675)

Longbow: Monty Vander Westhuizen – Medicine Hat SAAMIS Archers (607)

Instinctive: Fred Streleoff – Cariboo Archers Association (743)

Hunter: Karl Dubois – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (759)

Known 50: Rick Marchand – Ontario Association of Archers (785)


Pee Wee: Riley Spicer – Archery Nova Scotia (751 points)



Men’s Compound – Tom Carr

Women’s Compound – Ann Neumeyer

Men’s Traditional – Fred Streleoff

Women’s Traditional – Caroline Laue

Men’s Green Stake – Ty Thurow

Women’s Green Stake – Denise Gauthier


Local Coach Trains 2018 Invictus Games Team

(ABAM Member/Coach and 2018 Team Canada Invictus Games Archery Coach David Dunwoody shown back row second from the left with team athletes)


Archery Team Canada Invictus Games Syndey 2018
By David Dunwoody
7 August 2018

On Wednesday, 25 July 2018, the members of Team Canada Invictus Games Sydney 2018 were revealed to the nation. 40 athletes were selected from over 700 applicants and I have the privilege of coaching the 13 members of the archery team. I am very proud to be part of the Invictus team and to help them prepare for the games hosted this year in Sydney, Australia, 20 to 27 October 2018. The official motto is “Game On Down Under.”

While many have heard of the Invictus Games not everyone knows what they are truly about. The Invictus Games is the idea of Prince Harry, also known as His Royal Highness, the Duke of Sussex. Prince Harry served in Afghanistan and saw firsthand the physical and mental impact that combat had on troops. Inspired by the Wounded Warrior games in the United States, he wanted to create a similar event that could embrace the healing power of sports. In 2014, he established the first Invictus Games in London, UK. In 2016, the games were hosted in Orlando, Florida and, as many of you know, Canada had the honour of hosting the games in 2017. This year, Sydney will host over 500 athletes from 18 nations to compete in 11 adaptive sports.

While the Invictus Games are about so much, they are not about winning medals. This may be one of the biggest misconceptions. Yes, there are gold, silver, and bronze medals. And yes, the athletes who win them are very proud of their accomplishment, and rightfully so. But what these games are about is captured in the very name. Invictus is Latin for “unconquered.” The athletes who compete are dealing with physical and mental injuries that have tried to tell them “no, you cannot.” Now they have the chance to show the world and, more importantly, themselves that they will not be conquered by them.

My involvement with the games began last year when I approached the Invictus Team Manager about volunteering my time to coach the archery team. My coaching has involved me working with the athletes in two training camps, the first in Esquimalt, BC (Special thanks to Al Wills, Helena Myllynieme, and the Vic Bowman Archery Club for their help) in April and the second in Halifax, NS in July. As well, I work with the team online to continue training and answer any questions they may have. It is a challenge because there is a large variety of skill levels, from people who have been shooting for years to those who picked up a bow for the first time in April.

In the games, there are three categories: Open Compound, Open Recurve, and Novice Recurve. Novice Recurve is for archers who started shooting on or after 1 October 2017. They shoot outdoors at 18 metres. The Open divisions shoot 40 cm targets and the Novice shoot 60 cm targets. The first day of competition is a 600 tournament. The next day is match play elimination rounds based on the ranking in the tournament. Not everyone will go on to the match play.

During each camp, I had four days with two hours each to coach. With such varying degrees of skills and ability, it is an exciting challenge. Beyond the experience is the unique challenge each athlete brings with their own physical and mental injuries. There are few athletes with physical injuries on the archery team itself. One archer was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after joining the Canadian Armed Forces and lost his sight. Despite this, he refused to accept defeat and signed up for archery among other sports. Thanks to the advice from Diane Minion who coaches a weekly blind archery class, this was an easy problem to solve. Many of the other archers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorders and other mental injuries. For me, it has been an incredibly humbling experience. I’ve heard from people describing panic attacks simply getting on the plane to come to training camp. I’ve had athletes who found the pace overwhelming stressful and frustrated and have needed to stop, step back and take time to recompose. For one, simple advice frustrated them too much to be able to continue. Despite it all, they returned, kept coming back, and refused to be conquered.
For many, standing on the shooting line among 50 competitors and crowds of thousands and getting through the day’s event is their victory. But this does not end at the Invictus Games. We hear the phrase “the healing power of sport” and here, it is real. The Invictus Games are an opportunity for the athletes to embrace a new sport and continue it after. When the games finish at the end of October, I will be talking with these athletes and encouraging them to keep shooting, join the Archery Canada Indoor Mail Match, and stay connected. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting former competitors from the Games at tournaments such as the Vegas Shoot and I look forward to shooting with this year’s athletes in the future.

This is has been an incredible honour for me. As an archer, this has been a chance to share my passion with these individuals. I have so greatly enjoyed the comradery and community of archery. As well, I find archery to be such a Zen sport. No matter how my day is going, shooting on the line gives me a chance to focus, calm my mind, and direct my thoughts at a small yellow circle. But for me, the greatest honour is to be there for my fellow servicewomen and service men. As a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Royal Canadian Air Force, this is the chance to be able to give back to my brothers and sisters in arms who have sacrificed so much in the name of duty, service, and Canada. I have met athletes who have lost limbs from bombs in Afghanistan and seen first-hand horrific experiences that no one should see. For others, the injuries suffered were not overseas but here in Canada. Through it all, they have never regretted putting on the uniform. What I see at the training is a bond that is so powerful between these athletes. I have served three tours in my career, twice to Afghanistan and once to Kuwait. It does not matter if they are still serving or are now veterans, discharged with honours, we are one.

The Invictus Games takes inspiration from many sources, one of which is the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley. It is the last two lines that capture the true spirit of the games:

I am the master of fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus Games 2018:

Team Canada:

Invictus, A Poem by William Ernest Henley:


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Invictus Games 2018 Training Camp


3D Team Announcement: 2018/2019 Provincial Team Named

July 31, 2018 – The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is pleased to announce the 2018/2019 Provincial 3D Team that will represent Manitoba at major events over the coming year, including the 2018 Canadian 3D Archery Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia (August 3 – 6)

This years team will be made up of Three (3) females and Five (5) males in varying age divisions from Cub (14 & Under) to Senior (21 & up).

Listed below are the 2018/2019 3D Team Athletes that will represent Manitoba:

Name Category Gender Division
Chay Satdnyk Cub Male Compound
Cornelia Squirra Senior Female Longbow
Curtis Braun Senior Male Compound Fixed Pin
Francois Squirra Senior Male Longbow
Miles Towle Senior Male Compound Unlimited
Robert Foster Senior Male Compound Unlimited
Stella Braun Senior Female Compound Fixed Pin
Taylor Laffin Cadet Female Compound


Of the athletes named to the team,  Cornelia Squirra, Curtis Braun, Francois Squirra, Miles Towle, Robert Foster, Stella Braun & Taylor Laffin will be travelling to Truro, NS. later this week to compete at the 2018 Canadian 3D Archery Championships.

Congratulations to all 2018/2019 members on making Team Manitoba and we wish you the best of luck competing at Nationals this coming weekend!