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.



2018 Manitoba Winter Games – Archery

The 2018 Manitoba Winter Games Archery Event was held March 4 – 7 in Thompson, MB.  40 youth athletes aged 16 & Under from around the province competed in hopes of taking medals home for their region. The Archery event saw 20 female and 20 male athletes from five regions of Manitoba compete in multiple events  over a two and half day span. The competition began with the compound & recurve ranking rounds on Monday March 5th, followed by the Mixed Team Event taking place later in the day. On Tuesday March 6th, the archers competed in the Individual Match Play Rounds to determine the medalists of the individual events.

The competition saw many exciting moments including an intense Mixed Team Event with the support of a packed crowd cheering from the spectators area. The archery event created quite the buzz around the games village & venues as many locals, volunteers and other athletes stopped by our events to catch the action. With the addition of many archery parents making the trip to spectate, our venue was a busy spot over the jam packed two day schedule.

Despite many of our athletes, coaches and managers participating in an event of this scale for the first time, their skill, sportsmanship and poise was something to admire. The hard work and preparation by the regional teams shone through as we watched many archers excel at different moments through out the competition. As an organization, we are extremely proud of the effort by all of the athletes, coaches and mangers, and we are excited about the future potential of this group. We would like to recognize the coaches and managers for the immense contribution they made to ensure the athletes were prepared and supported at the games. Thank you very much to the following:

East Region Coach Mike Fox, East Region Manager Bernice Phillips, South Region Coach Pierre de Moissac, South Region Manager Pamela May, West Region Coach Chris Iverson, West Region Manager April Burdeny (Willis), Winnipeg Blue Region Coach David Dunwoody, Winnipeg Blue Region Manager Carrie Minion, Winnipeg Gold Region Coach Kelly Taylor, and Winnipeg Gold Region Manager Darlene Cherniak.

The organization was very fortunate to have a hardworking crew of officials, that made for a very well run event. The organization would like to recognize the officials for their contribution. Thank you to the following officials:

Travis Boucher, Tom Comberbach, Ron Cooney, Joanna Lachance, Walter Potrebka, Troy Richards and Kevin Shpak.

A special thank you to our Technical Delegate, Mike Oneschuk. Without hesitation, Mike committed to the lead role following the passing of Roger Garrod, who led the planning of this initiative until fall of last year.

Finally, we would like to thank our wonderful Sport Chairs from the Thompson Area, Sandra & Tom Crawford. The Crawford’s had little experience with competitive target archery when they, along with City of Thompson en devoured to host the games. But that didn’t have any negative impact on the quality of the event, Sandra & Tom worked extremely hard in lead up and during the games to ensure we had everything we needed to provide the athletes with a great experience. We cannot thank the Crawford’s and the people of Thompson enough for their warm hospitality and support throughout the event.

Photo Album

Photo Album 1 (Photos by Walter Potrebka) – Click Here
Photo Album 2 – Click Here


Individual Events:

Compound Female – Click Here 
Compound Male – Click Here
Recurve Female – Click Here
Recurve Male – Click Here

Team Events: (To view the athletes on each team, click the team name in the score brackets)

Compound Mixed Team 
Recurve Mixed Team 


Article: Winnipeg Blue archers win multiple medals in mixed and individual recurve – Click Here
Article: Local athletes earn medals at MB Winter Games in Thompson – Click Here
Article: Birtle Archer Wins Gold & Bronze at MB Winter Games – Click Here
Article: South Region Manitoba Winter Games Medalists
Article: Portage shines at Manitoba Games
Article: Winnipeg Blue makes a strong showing in archery finals


Club Support Bingo Grant – 2017/2018 Application Deadline Coming Soon

Club Support Bingo Grant

Bingo Funding Grant Application 2017 2018 – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION – (2017/2018 Application Deadline March 9, 2018)


  1. ABAM will retain complete control over all moneys earned and will distribute these funds to ABAM clubs, programs, athletes and events in accordance with budgets and the financial controls of the Association.
  2. Funding Distribution and Accountability will be directed by the “ABAM Bingo Funding Grant Program.
  3. The ABAM Bingo Funding Grant Program is available to all affiliated ABAM clubs in good standing.
  4. Application approval and funding levels will be at the discretion of the ABAM Executive Committee. The application and review process will be monthly throughout the 2017 – 2018 fiscal year (April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018).
  5. Clubs will be required to send their application, along with any required documents to the ABAM Office for the review by the Executive Committee. The monthly deadline for application submission is five (5) days in advance of the next Executive Committee meeting. Please note this deadline will not apply in the month of March, at which time the annual deadline will be applied.
  6. Clubs will be informed of funding approval within five (5) business days of the most recent Executive Committee meeting.
  7. Clubs are eligible to submit for funding up to $1000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). If approved for funding, fifty percent (50%) of the funding will be allocated immediately. The remaining fifty percent (50%) will be paid out at the end of the fiscal year (March 2018) after the applicant has submitted a copy of their yearend operating budget.
  8. The A.B.A.M. is accountable to Sport Manitoba for bingo funds and, accordingly, must be able to substantiate the distribution of bingo proceeds.





Volunteer Position: 2018 ABAM Provincial Target Team Manager

2018 ABAM Provincial Target Team Manager

The ABAM Athlete Development Committee is seeking a candidate to serve in the volunteer role of Provincial Target Team Manager in 2018. The application process will close end of day, Friday March 16, 2018. The selection of the position will be made by the ABAM Executive Committee on Tuesday March 20.

To apply please download the application form, fill out and submit by mail or email to the ABAM Office.

Download Word Version of Application: Click Here

Download PDF Version of Application: Click Here

Role & Selection

The Provincial Target Team Manager will be required to support the Provincial Head Coach (s), ABAM Athlete Development Committee, and Executive Director with planning, administrative and team promotional duties associated with team competitions & training events.

The role will be appointed annually by the executive committee under an application, review and recommendation procedure by the Athlete Development Committee. In addition to the program administrative duties of the role, the target team manager will assume the role at events identified by the athlete development committee.

In the absence of the Target Team Manager, Alternate Team Manager Applications per event will be evaluated and selection recommended by the athlete development committee. Final approval of the team manager will be under the authority of the executive committee.



  • Proven ability and experience in athlete, youth and volunteer management
  • Demonstrated understanding of target archery competition formats
  • 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


Program Operations & Support

  • Work with Executive Director, Provincial Coach & VP Athlete Development on Event Administration & Logistics.
  • Assist with planning and execution of team training plans.
  • Assist with communication to athlete, parents and personal coaches regarding program tasks. Tasks such as team training, competition planning, & volunteer initiatives.
  • Assist with planning of Provincial Team promotion and recruiting


Program Tasks

  • Work with athletes during competitions & training events
  • Create and execute a program task list annually
  • Scout talent at local competitions and programs
  • Assist with promotion of Provincial Team Program Events
  • Sit as a full member of the Athlete Development Committee


Power of Decision

The coordinator shall participate in meetings specific to the job requirements and will be responsible to make recommendations where necessary. The individual is required to communicate with the Provincial Coach to have decisions approved by the ABAM Executive Committee, through communication with the Executive Director & VP Athlete Development.