Club news, tournament results, reminders, and updates to share with you this month!

Indoor shooting attendance and Commonwealth update
Attendence at our indoor shoots has been quite low lately at both Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon sessions – sometimes no more than half a dozen people showing up. We need to know if you wish us to continue through the summer as each 2 hour session in the gym costs the club $100+. If we want to keep these shoots going, please come on out, otherwise it’s not a good use of club finances, which is funded by all of you! If you feel strongly that we should keep indoor shooting throughout the year but can’t make it as often as you would like, please let your Board of Directors know.

On that note, after Aug 28 (our Sunday shoot) indoor shooting will be paused for approx. 6 weeks as Commonwealth Centre will be closing for maintenance Sep 5 – Oct 11, so no archery until at least October 13th. All these dates are in our calendar, which will be updated as soon as we confirm our dates in mid-September, probably every Sun/Thurs from Oct 13.

Volunteers still needed for 55+ Games in September
Volunteers are still needed to help run the archery portion of the 2022 55+ Games September 13–17 at Topaz Park, but we’ll also need some assistance moving stuff to the site and back. If people could contact Al WIlls and/or Greg Birtwistle, we’ll make up a list of ‘movers’ for the 12th & 17th or so. We’d greatly appreciate your assistance helping to run this event!

Click here to register as an event volunteer via the 55+ Games website (be sure to add “Archery” to your form) or talk to Al WIlls for more details.

The new butts have arrived!
Our new butts are finally here, but are much heavier than we are used to. The ‘pillow’ butts must be put up/taken down with 2 people lifting the butt. Please please take care so that you don’t injure yourself or someone else when lifting these.

2022 Indoor MailMatch results
The 2022 Indoor MailMatch concluded on April 24th, and the official results have now been posted on the Archery Canada website. As usual the Victoria Bowmen did very well in terms of medals; please be sure to congratulate the following winners:

NameCategoryScoreCategory MedalClass
Keira PattersonWomens Cadet Recurve228.5SilverGold
Bailey DrinkwalterWomens Junior Recurve226SilverGold
Angela CramerWomens Senior Recurve268.17GoldGold
Liana TupperWomens Senior Recurve258.67Bronze 
Brian ParsonsMens Master Recurve151.67 Gold
Mark ShieldsMens Senior Recurve229.67 Gold

Thank-you to all of our 2022 Indoor MailMatch participants! The medals ceremony will be announced in a future newsletter once they have been received from Archery Canada.

PISE event was a big success
On Sat, May 7th we took part  in the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence) Family Sport and Recreation Festival, and it was a huge success with our set up being one of the most popular there (even the weather cooperated!). We had a long line up all day long with everyone from very young kids to adults trying archery for their very first time, and we had the opportunity to promote the sport and our club, with lots of interest from attendees. Thanks to everyone who helped demo and keep it safe & organized: Brad Barclay, Doug Linton, Billy Sanderson, Andrew Engelhardt, Nolan Curtis, and Frank Perry.

Membership cards reminder
A friendly reminder once again to please wear your membership card in such a way that it is visible whenever you are shooting! If not, we have to ask you for it, which is a lot of trouble for all. The club has a laminator, so if you would like your card laminated and hole punched, just let Al know. Thanks!

Outdoor range
Yes, we’re still looking for a new outdoor home. Nothing to report just yet, but we’re still working on it! We can shoot outdoor tournaments as we can move butts to any field – it’s just a matter of organizing it. If you want it, we can do it!

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