KCVI Archery Club

IMG_8393Since I believe athletics are important in developing a healthy lifestyle and personal self esteem, the KCVI archery club is special to me. While I am fairly athletic, when I joined KCVI’s Athletic Association, I noticed a lack of sports open to all even for non-typical athletes; something where you can participate at your own level and feel confident and accepted. As a NCCP certified archery coach, range safety officer and national level archer, I knew I could start a program that would inspire anyone to come out, get active, and engage in sport. So in 2011, I proposed the idea of starting an after-school Archery Club to our Principal for the next year.

In the fall of 2011, with the assistance of my younger sister Sydney, we started with four students meeting every second week for 1.5 hours. I coached the group of members, focusing on safety, technique and encouraging them to have fun and enjoy it. They enjoyed it so much they started to recruit others. By the end of the first semester, we had tripled our membership.

This year, with the absence of sport due to the teacher work to rule strike, I was able to convince my mother to act as the supervising adult and our principal as the supervising teacher. There was so much buzz, kids with talking about archery club in the halls, our membership increased to over 50 students. We have decided to meet every Friday after-school for 2 hours to accommodate the influx of participation.

IMG_8404Last Friday, we hosted the year-end celebration for 2013 KCVI Archery Club. We had a potluck, cake, shot balloons and this year we also decided to hand out a couple of awards. Although, I am very proud of all the members, they have become the athletes they were really meant to be since they were all dedicated, enthusiastic and all improved so much, these individuals rose to the top…

Most Dedicated – Joesph D
Awarded to the archer who shows the most dedication to the club, sport, and it’s members. Not only did they always attend on-time, they were also supportive and respectful to the members, the club, the equipment, the sport, and stepped up to help when it was needed most.

Most Improved – Haiyi Z
Awarded to the archer that not only improved in skills in the sport of archery but also in self growth. To improve means to be better than you were before even if it is hard or not what you would normally do, to challenge yourself to be a better person.

Most Enthusiastic – Anajalika R
Awarded to the archer that is the most enthusiastic, who also perseveres and continues to look on the bright side. This athlete should always look for something to be happy about and keep trying and help others when they are going through a hard time.

Most Sportsmanlike – Athena K
Awarded to the athlete who showed the most sportsman like traits. This athlete does not get upset when they lose, or gloat when they win, or are not mean to other athletes. Instead they show true character by being humble in winning and gracious in losing.

IMG_8476Last Friday also concluded the last year I will lead the club as I am graduating and off to Redeemer University in September. It has been a very gratifying experience starting and running the archery club over the last couple of years. I have learned a lot about coaching, organizing and leading an archery club. My hope is my younger sister Sydney will continue to lead the club during for her grade 12 year and others will step-up so the club will continue for years to come.

Thanks to everyone who helped organize, run, step-up, tear-down, watch-over and participate over the last two years. Happy Shooting!!

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Membership Benefits

Archery is a social sport and therefore most archers belong to a local archery club either in their school, community or city.  

Membership offers a lot of benefits including access to the clubs facilities for practice, availability to classes and coaches, knowledge sharing and a place to meet new friends with similar interests. Some additional benefits may include club leagues and tournaments, celebrations, club medal ceremonies, and an opportunity to measure your development through programs like CanBow. Membership to a club can also be a huge savings in shooting fees and tournament fees. My personal club is the South Nation Archery Club in Winchester Ontario, because of the level of coaching I receive from Kathy Millar and Larry Smith.

For those archers who want to participate in tournaments, they usually become members of the provincial and/or national archery association who are members of the world archery association. Membership to these associations provide additional benefits like eligibility for provincial and national teams, access to all provincial and national level tournaments, judge and coaching clinics, and the right to vote on issues and changes effecting your association.  One key benefit is insurance coverage, since archery is viewed as a fairly dangerous sport, although statistically it is one of the safest, most clubs require members to join to gain the advantages of insurance to participate in club events. Insurance coverage helps protect the archers, coaches and the club itself from the worse case scenarios.

If you are interested in participating in archery tournaments in Canada, I recommend you join your local and/or provincial association. In Ontario the provincial archery association is the Ontario Association of Archers (OAA) and the national archery association is Archery Canada (FCA).