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Archery Canada News – March 15th 2016

March 15, 2016
Archery Canada News – March 15th 2016
  1. Archery Canada National Office Closed Easter Weekend
  2. New Canadian Championship (CC) and Canadian Open (CO) Records
  3. Increasing Number of High Performance Archery Coaches in Canada
  4. Appointment of Social Media Coordinator


  1. Archery Canada National Office Closed Easter Weekend

The Archery Canada national office will be CLOSED for the Easter weekend from Friday, March 25th through Monday, March 28th.  The office will re-open Tuesday, March 29th.  

Happy Easter!


  1. New Canadian Championship (CC) and Canadian Open (CO) Records

Cadet Men’s Recurve: Levi Kelbert, Kelowna, BC in a CDN 1200 round with a score of 287 at 40m. 2015-09-05

Cub Boy’s Compound: Brady Klassen, Winnipeg, MB in a 18m round with a score of 573. 2016-01-24

Master Men’s Compound Fixed Pins: Greg Birtwistle, Victoria, BC in a CDN 900 round with a score of 275 at 55m. 2016-02-07

Master Men’s 60+ Compound Fixed Pins: Greg Birtwistle, Victoria, BC in a CDN 900 round with a score of 275 at 55m. 2016-02-07


Christiane Murphy

Canadian Records Coordinator

 2.          Increasing Number of High Performance Archery Coaches in Canada

Archery Canada is in a stronger position from a coaching development perspective as it applies to the future. In the 2016 Advanced Coaching Diploma Program we have the following three coaches now enrolled: Kelly Chambers of Ontario, Trina Snooks of Nova Scotia, and Duncan Crawford of Prince Edward Island. Given that there are less than 40 Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD) candidates in Canada, this is a major representation by Canada's high performance archery coaches. To gain entry as an ACD candidate requires a great deal of background experience, a rigorous application process, and is a two-year commitment to this self-funded Program.

The ACD is part of the new Competency Based Coach training program that is replacing the former Level 4/5 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The ACD is said to be "The Pinnacle of NCCP Coach Training".  The ACD consists of four key themes: i) Coaching Leadership; ii) Coaching Effectiveness; iii) Performance Planning; and iv) Training and Competition Readiness.  The ACD is one step towards certification in the NCCP Competition Stream. To complete his/her full certification credit, the coach must contact his/her national sport organization to apply for the sport specific evaluation. 

Under the former NCCP system, Archery Canada has benefitted from the contribution of 10 Level 4 coaches and one Level 5 coach, all of whom have advanced high performance athlete development across Canada since the 1990’s. ACD and Level 4/5 certified coaches are recognized as being among the most qualified coaches and leaders of athletes and sport programs provincially, nationally and internationally.

The fact that Archery Canada has three coaches who have voluntarily undertaken this two-year commitment, along with the financial commitment and personal sacrifice, is a testament to the dedication and desire of our coaches to be among the best in the country and to develop themselves as professionals. This bodes well for the current and future Canadian archery athletes that are mentored by the growing number of Competition Stream coaches that are being trained and certified in the Competition Stream of the NCCP.

Archery Canada is proud to acknowledge the initiative of the three new archery coach candidates in the ACD Program and the contributions of the certified Level 4/5 archery coaches.

For more information on the Advanced Coaching Diploma Program, go to:

 3.      Appointment of Social Media Coordinator

Archery Canada’s President, Al Wills is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Gray as Archery Canada’s volunteer Social Media Coordinator. This is a newly created position. Sarah has an extensive background in communications and media relations. She has been very involved in this capacity as a volunteer with the annual Ontario Spring Classic and more recently the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. In addition, Sarah has offered to be the media contact between Archery Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

As the Social Media Coordinator, Sarah will be working with the volunteer Webmaster (Al Wills), Board members, and the Executive Director, Scott Ogilvie to increase Archery Canada’s social media reach through Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Sarah can be reached at:  .

Welcome aboard Sarah! And thank you!