A Message from Junior Rep

Hi, I just wanted to say hello and I hope you are all staying safe.

It’s a strange time for us all being at home from school and trying to keep up with school work, fitness and shooting.

In our house we are very lucky to have a boss at home to help us keep up technique practise and arrow count.

We also have access to our coaches via online coaching.

If you can’t shoot at home but want to try and keep in shape ready for when this is all over – clingy bands, bow drills and general strength and conditioning will all help.

There are lots of resources available on the internet or you could contact your club coaches with the help of your responsible adults.

For those of you who should be sitting exams and now won’t be able to put your hard work to use, or year 6 students who may miss out on those leavers experiences that mark you goodbyes to friends and teachers as you move on.
You are still awesome and the strange situation we find ourselves in doesn’t change any of that.

If you want to get in touch with me for anything please ask your adults to message via my mum at:treasurer@woac.co.uk

Please do remember your internet safety as many of us are using technology more at the moment than we might do normally.

Hope to see you all back out on a range soon.

Take care and stay safe.

Jack Sharpe
NCAS Junior Rep

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What does it mean to be an Ambassador?

What does it mean to be an Ambassador?

Our very own Helen Sharpe of Wellingborough Open Archery Club, shares her first-year journey as an Archery GB Club Ambassador, on the Archery GB website.

“Archery is my sport, the sport of my family, the sport that I love. It, in my opinion, allows anyone of any age, ability or group to be together in the same environment and get together either socially or to have grassroots archers stand in a club environment against the country’s top archers. I cannot think of any other sport that creates this coming together of everyone within it.”

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Message from County Junior Rep

Message from County Junior Rep

Hi everyone, just wanted to say I hope you all had a great Christmas break.

I think we have probably all had our first days back at school and now it feels like ages since I was at home away from it all!

For me it included a birthday that saw me move up in categories to under 16 so new challenges ahead, but I started to prep for this so hopefully that will all come together for the outdoor season.

I wish you all lots of luck with your plans for 2020 and remember to shout me if you think I might be able to help get the junior voices heard.

My mum asked me to sit down and think about the last year as it wasn’t all good with another injury taking the large part of my outdoor season for the second year running.

She was right, when I thought about it, it wasn’t all bad. Disappointed for sure that a second summer saw me miss the targets I had set myself, but more planning has put in place a better support system so this time the impact on me mentally wasn’t as bad as the summer before.

Never be afraid to reach out and ask for someone to listen if you are sad, angry etc. I didn’t before and it caused a lot more problems. It doesn’t have to be your parents, remember coaches and peers are great support if we let them be.

There were good things though, becoming an ambassador for AGB saw me have some great opportunities to push our sport and get involved in different ways. I did lots of enjoyable things through this but definitely the highlight for me was the volunteering at the world transplant games hosted in Newcastle and Archery was put on to show people what it could be like to include it as an event if accepted.

I met some amazing athletes from around the world overcoming huge obstacles to take part, some in several different events including archery.
Don’t ever think things can stop you, with some help – we can do anything we want to!

See you all soon

Jack Sharpe
NCAS Junior Rep

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Jack’s Junior Rep Introduction

Jack’s Junior Rep Introduction

At the recent county AGM I was nominated for and became the new county junior representative. I thought I should start by introducing myself. My name is Jack Sharpe, I am soon to be 14 years old and I am a member of WOAC (Wellingborough Open Archery Club).

I started shooting in the summer of 2015 after trying a number of other sports.

Archery very quickly became my passion and what I choose to spend my time doing, pretty much all my waking time is spent archery related!

I became our club junior representative and have attended all county meetings since and I also attended the EMAS AGM. I am very interested in what is happening for the juniors within the county and to try and help/support them where I can.

Our sport is very important to me, I love how anyone can try it and take part and enjoy helping people discover it, this is why I also applied for and became an AGB ambassador in March 2019 as part of the new programme that AGB were launching.

I love competing and shoot locally and further a field, also shooting for the county and the region. I take my training my training very seriously and I am part of the National Talent Development Programme with AGB which I attend as part of my training programme at Aim4sport.

I do also enjoy the social side of our sport and that it brings lots of people together that might not meet outside of archery.

I have suffered injury setbacks so understand the frustrations of wanting to shoot and being unable to and, due to my epilepsy, also understand how health can affect us as archers.

I shall keep in contact via the county committee and shall be interested to know how you are all getting on.

If you want to get in touch with me, your responsible adult can pass on your messages or questions to my mum’s email at treasurer@woac.co.uk

I look forward to meeting those of you that I haven’t already and hope that I represent you all well, please do contact me with anything you want me to bring to committee meetings for you.

Looking forward to seeing what this next year brings you all.

Jack Sharpe

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Jack’s Report – Archery GB Key Event Stage 2

Jack’s Report – Archery GB Key Event Stage 2

A number of county juniors competed in the Archery GB Key Event Stage 2 junior tournament held at Stuttleworth College, Biggleswade on 22nd & 23rd June 2019.

Archie Bromley of Archers of Raunds, Iulia Petre of Corby Archers, Jack Sharpe, Ruby Paul and Harry Wright of Wellingborough OAC.

As Junior Rep for his club, Jack Sharpe wrote the following report about his recent progress leading up to the event, and how he got on at the competition itself.

“So whilst I have been shooting 4 years now, I gently started competitions a year later with the last 2 years seeing me take this side of my archery seriously, chasing goals I set for myself and moving from club, to county, to regional, onto ATC and NTDP coaching – with my national coaches being supported by the club and county coaches who have taken the time to meet my national coaches.

The competitions that we all do at club/county/regional levels that I have been privileged to take part in, might test me and help me with practise and new goals they do not prepare us for if we want to try and progress to higher levels.

If you watch elite athletes take part in international competitions they are not the metric/imperials rounds that we take part in.

However at our age it is hard to find competitions at those standards that accept cubs (under 14 years of age).

We practise the different bits in my coaching, 720 rounds, individual head to heads and team shooting all very different ways to our standard competitions.

The last few weeks when I have been at club sessions practising some of you have come to ask me what I am doing especially with my dad with a stop watch as I shoot my arrows.

So I thought I would tell you about the key stage event that I took part this weekend, in what was my biggest competition yet.

As it was an AGB key stage event – it was for many athletes shooting recurve and compound who are wanting to be considered for selection – at one end of the field were the youth GB team trying for places in international competition at our end it is about the academy process and seeing if they think that you are ready for the next step up in the AGB training process – some of us in the county are already on the National Talent Development Programme – at our age I don’t think there could be a tougher competition process than this.

The competitions for Elite archers are very different and something us regular folk don’t usually do.

In between shooting at weekends I am often watching live international competitions being streamed and when you consider how many arrows we might shoot at say a metric all day shoot, these athletes have such a small number of arrows to shoot that if you make a less than perfect start it is hard to get back to win.

I have practised the individual elements with my national coach but this was two days of putting all of that into competition mode.

Saturday I had a rough start after a girl tripped over my bow and completely took it apart with her foot! It did mess with my head and I struggled to settle, it takes many hours of work to get your bow set up and this did affect my shooting in the initial 720 match – but I finished 8th, which I am happy with when I think about it all.

After this there followed a day and a half of head to heads – these are brutal because if you tie it is then a one arrow shoot off with the closest to the centre winning!

Saturday afternoon were round robin to get you ranked for Sunday.

Sunday there were individual head to head competitions – I went out in the quarter final to a boy I know from training and I just thought I would be thrashed by him but I tried hard and made him work and the final score was 6-4 to my opponent which is very respectable against an athlete that wasn’t loosing points for much of the weekend!

In the mixed team event me and my partner Anna came away with Silver and in the open team event me, Harriet and William took another silver.

These team events are tough because there is no coach or adult guidance and we meet our team mates who are mostly strangers and we have a small frame of time to decide ok how are we going to work together and these are very tense matches.

There may not be as many arrows shot as in an all day full competition but what is different is the shooting, stopping for 15 minutes to an hour, then shooting again and so on.

It is here that all that work doing warm ups and cool downs really is very important as your body has to cope with the stopping and starting that this type of competition needs.

By the time we got to the finals on Sunday afternoon quite a few of us cubs were wearing ice packs between shooting and I am very grateful that my AGB coach and physio were there to check on me and the others to make sure we were not injured just aching.

I missed the indoor season 17/18 through a bad injury and had months of physio and care and I know it is important to listen to my body so advise is important.

Monday when my alarm went off to go to school and I told my mum that everything except my eyelashes ached! It is how it felt!!

Today there was a bit of an ache but after a day off I went back up to the field today to shoot, I need to practise on the things I learned over the weekend.

When we left Shuttleworth on Sunday I was so mentally exhausted and drained because so much of this weekend is about the mental side of sport as well as the actual shooting and the stress is huge, in a way we cannot practise.

I am again proud to have been part of the junior athletes that represent our club and our county because we try our hardest and when it doesn’t go how we would wish we look at how we can improve next time.

So well done to Archie Bromley, Ruby Paul, Lulia Petre and Harry Wright, we did well and brought a number of medals back to the county. It was also great to support and be supported by our friends from outside the county that we train with who were also competing and hopefully we will all also soon have a great time in the Junior Outdoor Nationals.

But if you get the chance to take part in this level of competition and you have practised the different bits that make it up, I say go for it, learn from it, it is an amazing experience but be prepared for the stress and strain and the physical and mental fatigue and be kind to your adults, they can only watch as you move around in the different phases of the different bits, often with more than one clipboard for the things you are doing, not because you are double scoring but because you are in individual and team events and you need them with you as you move from one to another. Your parents aren’t around judges and coaches who can explain they have to watch these puzzles and try and keep up whilst cheering you on.

Thank you for reading my report.”

Jack Sharpe
WOAC Junior Rep

If anyone has any questions for Jack, especially juniors, please get in touch with him via Helen Sharpe at:tournaments@woac.co.uk

The results from the Archery GB Key Event Stage 2 can be found here: https://www.ianseo.net/Details.php?toId=5776

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