2019 Membership Now Available

We are now accepting 2019 ABAM Membership & Club Affiliation Purchase & Renewals.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Liability Insurance coverage while involved in an archery event
  • Access to all ABAM Programs such as Archery Development, Tournaments and Provincial Teams
  • Eligible for Awards in Target and 3D tournaments
  • Eligible for Bowhunter of the Year Award
  • You receive ABAM Newsletters & News bulletins with important info in the Archery World and news of whats going on in Archery in Manitoba
  • Reduced entry fees at all ABAM registered Target/3D Tournaments
  • Archery Canada Membership
  • A voice in the archery community at the ABAM Annual General Meeting
  • Eligibility for Manitoba Winter Games and Canada Winter Games

Please note, that the 2018 Individual and Club Membership privileges will expire on December 31, 2018.  As the ABAM membership and club affiliation acts as liability coverage for shooters, clubs and event hosts, we stress the importance of members to renew before the end of December.


Please note, 2018 Membership Expires on December 31, 2018. 

ABAM is now accepting 2019 Membership Applications.

Online Membership/Payment

We encourage new and existing members to pay and sign up for their membership online as this saves on administrative time and paper. If you would like to pay/renew online, please fill out the Registration Form by clicking the link below. You will be prompted to complete your payment following your form submission.



Mail In Membership/Payment

Mailing membership forms with cash or cheque is still available. To do so, please download the 2019 membership form by clicking the button below and saving the file to your computer. Print the form, and mail it in with your form of payment.



Membership Cards: ABAM will no longer print and distribute member cards. Membership cards are now available by logging into your Archery Canada Registrant Database Profile. For information on how to log into your profile, please see below.

The membership form and online payment and registration option can be accessed at the membership page of the ABAM Website located at http://abam.ca/about/membership/. Payment options include online payment and registration through a new online member form that will follow the Pay Pal Transaction. As always, we will accept member forms along with cash or cheque by mail.

We encourage new and existing members to pay and sign up for their membership online as this saves on administrative time and paper. If you would like to pay/renew online, please select a membership option below and click “Buy Now”

Proof of Membership & Profile Access:
Following the completion of your membership purchase/renewal, the ABAM office will create/renew your membership profile in the Archery Canada Registrant Database. In your profile, you will be allocated a membership number to be used as proof of membership across Manitoba and the rest Canada.

Please allow up to 10 business days for the membership purchase/renewal to be processed. If you are purchasing membership within 10 business days of an event you will be attending, please contact the ABAM office to expedite the process.

Proof of Membership:
Proof of Membership is important at ABAM & Archery Canada Events. It is proof of personal liability insurance coverage for all participants, as well as offers event fee discounts. Additionally, membership ensures that all scores from Archery Canada Registered Events are submitted to Archery Canada for Records, Archer Rankings and National Team Selection.

To provide proof of membership at ABAM & Archery Canada Events you can show your membership card (see link to instructions below to access) or provide photo ID, as all affiliate clubs hosting events will have a current membership list.

How to Access ABAM/Archery Canada Member Profile & Print Member Card

The log-in page for the ABAM/Archery Canada IANSEO Database is: https://can.service.ianseo.net/

To view our “How to” instructions on setting up your profile and printing your member card, click the link below:

ABAM/Archery Canada Member Profile “How to”:


Local Coach leads the 2018 Invictus Games Archery Team

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

The ABAM is proud to acknowledge Local Coach David Dunwoody will be leading Team Canada Archery at the 2018 Invictus Games, taking place in Sydney, Australia from October 20 – 27. We published an article by David earlier this summer about his experience leading a national training camp near Victoria, BC. Since then, David has been selected to travel with the team to the games, taking place over the next two weeks. In anticipation of the archery event taking place October 25 & 26, we are pleased to republish David’s article and share some current information about the upcoming event.  The organization would like to send our best wishes to David and the rest of  Team Canada during their time at the games, we know you will do us proud!

The 25th and 26th of October is the Archery Tournament at the Invictus Games.  The competition highlights can be streamed on TSN at https://www.tsn.ca/invictus-games. As well, full events are available on YouTube under Invictus 2018.

For all the standings and events, you can go to https://www.invictusgames2018.org

Photographs taken by the Canadian Media Team on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldieronsanslimites/sets/72157696686586240/

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: https://www.invictusgames2018.org/

Team Canada: https://www.invictusgames2018.org/latest/2111/


Invictus, A Poem by William Ernest Henley: https://vimeo.com/279467705


Invictus Games 2018 Training Camp invictus-2018-archery-3

Invictus Games 2018 Training Camp


Austin Taylor Named to Represent Canada at 2019 Worlds

Congratulations to Team Manitoba Archer Austin Taylor on being selected to Team Canada for the 2019 World Archery Championships( Archery2019) in S-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. The event will take place from June 10 – 16, 2019. If Austin accepts the spot, it will be his first Outdoor Senior World Championships. In the past year, Austin has been named to three additional National Teams that competed at the 2017 World Youth Championships in Rosario, Argentina, the 2018 Salt Lake City World Cup and the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Yankton, North Dakota, were he earned a bronze medal in the Men’s Team Event.

To view the full posting by Archery Canada, please visit: http://archerycanada.ca/en/compound/team-selection-2019-wa-senior-world-championships-compound-team

For more information on the 2019 World Archery Championships, please visit: https://www.archery2019.com/Archery/goto20.aspx


Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting 

The ABAM 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday November 24, 2018 in Winnipeg, MB (specific location TBA).

The Annual General Meeting will take place prior to the 2018 Awards Banquet at 4:00 PM.

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

Executive Committee Positions that will be up for election are as follows, Please click the position above to be download the position description:

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


Minutes from the 2017 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting Agenda- Coming Soon

Please RSVP attendance at the meeting in person or via teleconference by Friday November 9, 2018. Please note, the deadline to submit agenda items or motions is November 2, 2018.


2018 ABAM Awards Nominations & Banquet

2018 was another great year for Archery in Manitoba, with many notable performances on the national stage, great local events, and well attended learn to shoot and development programs! We ask that our members and partner clubs recognize all the hard work that made the past year possible, whether it be an athlete, coach or volunteer.

The ABAM 2018 Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday November 24, 2018 at the Harbourview Park & Recreation Complex Banquet Hall, following the Annual General Meeting.

The evening will begin with drinks at 5:30 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM and Awards Ceremony at 7:00 PM. The ABAM is pleased to partner with Smokin Hawg BBQ Co. who will be serving a buffet dinner.


Attendance to the event is $20 per person. Dinner includes, non-alcoholic refreshments (water, pop, & coffee). Beer and Wine will be for sale using cash, credit or debit.

To reserve attendance, please email Ryan Van Berkel at info@abam.ca or call 204 925 5697. Please note, we will be taking payment in advance via cash, cheque or interact e-transfer to info@abam.ca or payment can be made at the door using cash or cheque.

Annual Awards  

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 2nd.



ABAM names Avril Hatherell as 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Manager

The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is pleased to announce that Avril Hatherell has accepted the position of Team Manitoba Manager for 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta, taking place February 23 – March 2. The naming of Hatherell adds significant  experience and depth to our 2019 Canada Winter Games Program. Hatherell has began work with Program Coach Duncan Crawford effective October 1st, with a priority on solidifying program plans leading into the final months before the games.

As an athlete of two previous Canada Games Teams (2003/2007) and a World Youth Championship Team (2002), in addition to recent involvement coaching Manitoba Provincial Team Athletes , Avril has gained the necessary experience and demonstrated her ability to help push Team Manitoba’s performance to the podium in 2019.


Canada Winter Games Team Selection Document Amendment

On October 4, 2018, the ABAM Executive Committee approved a motion to amend the ABAM Canada Winter Games Team Selection Criteria Document v1.8. The amendment has been made due to the confirmation that compound 40cm vertical triple and recurve 40cm vertical triple faces will be used at the Canada Winter Games Archery Event. The rational for the amendment is to ensure all 2019 Canada Winter Games age eligible athletes qualify using the appropriate target and are capable of performing at the highest level necessary for the Archery Event.

The amendment is to Item 5.B Team Selection Procedures -> Criteria. The amendment to this section is as follows:

Version 1.8


The objective of the team selection process is: Select athletes with a reasonable probability of finishing in the top half of the men’s and women’s competition.

The following specific criteria will be used for the selection of archery athletes to compete at the 2019 Canada Winter Games:

  • 1. Archers must participate in all Training & Competitions as outlined by the Archers & Bowhunters
    Association of Manitoba.
  • 2. Archers must shoot and submit scores for a minimum of Five (5) Registered (AC and/or World Archery or other World Archery member national associations (e.g. USA Archery) 18M indoor rounds between January 19, 2018 and December 3, 2018 to obtain a ranking score.
  • 3. Ranking scores must have been shot in the Compound or Recurve division in the Cadet or Junior age categories.
  • 4. It is the archer’s sole responsibility to submit qualifying scores from outside Manitoba to the ABAM Office in a timely manner. A list of archers with submitted qualifying scores will be posted on the ABAM website as they are received.

Version 1.9


The objective of the team selection process is: Select athletes with a reasonable probability of finishing in the top half of the men’s and women’s competition.


The following specific criteria will be used for the selection of archery athletes to compete at the 2019 Canada Winter Games:

  • 1. Archers must participate in all Training & Competitions as outlined by the Archers & Bowhunters
    Association of Manitoba.
  • 2. Archers must shoot and submit scores for a minimum of Five (5) Registered (AC and/or World Archery or other World Archery member national associations (e.g. USA Archery) 18M indoor rounds between January 19, 2018 and December 3, 2018 to obtain a ranking score.
  • 3. Ranking scores must have been shot in the Compound or Recurve division.
  • 4. Ranking Scores must be shot on compound 40cm vertical triple and recurve 40cm vertical triple faces.
  • 5. It is the archer’s sole responsibility to submit qualifying scores from outside Manitoba to the ABAM Office in a timely manner. A list of archers with submitted qualifying scores will be posted on the ABAM website as they are received.



National Coaches Week

(Shown in photo above: Mike Fox)

September 22 – 30 was The Coaching Association of Canada’s “National Coaches Week”. National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada.  National Coaches week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach. Through out the week Archery Canada in partnership with provincial archery organizations and affiliated clubs recognized coaches from across the country making an impact on our sport.

The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is proud to have two of our local coaches highlighted during the week. Our recognized coaches were, Joanna Lachance, a member of the ABAM Executive Committee in the role of Vice President Athlete Development & Coach at the Heights Archery Academy. As well as, Mike Fox, also a member of the ABAM Executive Committee, President and Head Coach of the Selkirk Archers & Bowhunters Club and a recent Regional Head Coach at the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games. Congratulations to Joanna and Mike on being nationally recognized for their hard work and dedication to coaching archery in Manitoba!

Below are the posts from the Archery Canada Facebook account, submitted by athletes that work with our Manitoba Coaches.


(Shown in photo left to right: Joanna Lachance (Team Manager) with athlete Jessie Major at the 2015 Canada Winter Games)

Athlete Name: Hailee MacDonald
Coaches Name: Joanna Lachance
Province: Manitoba

Q. What does your coach do that makes him/her a great coach?

Joanna is great because she goes above and beyond to make sure I get all the help I need and she’s there whenever I have questions.

Q. What is an important skill your coach has that makes them a good coach?

An important skill my coach has is that she understands me and knows how I learn. She does everything she can to make sure I know exactly what I’m doing wrong so I can can fix it and improve as quick as possible.

Q. Why do you want to say “thanks, coach”?

I’d like to thank Joanna for always being there and encouraging me to go as far as I can with archery. She’s been very patient and has helped me with everything she’s can. Joanna has encouraged me to try new things including shooting outdoors and improving my shot. I wouldn’t be where I am today if she hadn’t helped me in the beginning.


Athlete Name:Ryder
Coach Name:Mike Fox
Province: Manitoba 

Q: What does your coach do that makes him/her a great coach?
1. Mike makes learning archery fun. He’s easy to talk to and ask questions. I always look forward to shooting with him.
His positive energy. Mike always comes to the range in a good mood and encourages us.

Q. Write a memory/story about your coach.
2. I remember when we were at the Manitoba Games, I was feeling really nervous. Mike noticed and knew how to calm me down and keep me focused.

Q: Pick 3 words that describe your coach.
4. Cheerful, hard working, knowledgeable

Q. Other than the sport they coach you in, what sport would you like to watch your coach try?
6. I’d like to see Mike try skating or hockey.

Q. 8. Why do you want to say “thanks, coach”?
I want to thank Mike because he works really hard setting up events and planning fun shoots for our club. He’s taught me a lot about archery and is helping me improve my shooting.



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.