WOAC Juniors Return to Competition

WOAC Juniors Return to Competition

Having returned the club and members to shooting in May one of the biggest issues we have faced has been mental health.

The fear and uncertainty that has come with the pandemic and the unknown situation it has created.

The stress of lockdown followed by the new stress as lockdown was eased and how we try and live in this new normal.

Having restricted numbers and social distancing has been especially hard for the juniors who haven’t been to school, seen friends or family and now with the booking system couldn’t really shoot with their club friends either.

As club safeguarding officer seeing the toll that this has all taken is hard and as someone who suffers with mental health and knows what archery brings me to help with that I felt it was important to look into ways that we, as a club might be able to help.

Spending some time talking with my husband, Paul Sharpe, who as a club coach ordinarily supports the juniors, I then reached out to Gaynor Hutchinson who is a senior coach at Aim4sport and this is where many of our juniors go for different levels of coaching.

A plan was agreed and we have now held two monthly sessions at the club with Gaynor, Paul and myself to allow the juniors to attend coaching sessions with their peers and relax with parents encouraged to leave them and come back later.

We are seeing most improve, relax, communication has definitely improved and so many more smiles!!!

As part of this they wanted a competition, most compete regularly under ordinary with a number pulling on their county shirts.

With this in mind we arranged a 720 for the 23/8/20 thanks to the return to competition being released.

However, at the last minute, due to local events it appeared we would have to cancel as the sports ground that includes the WOAC field has been barricaded.

Gaynor, Dave and their club members stepped in to offer the range at aim4sport for the event to go ahead.

Yesterday saw 8 of the juniors on the shooting line take part in their first competition since February.

With the Aim4sport club members moving over and sacrificing their distance shooting to allow them to take the main range.

As with any competition there were smiles and frowns but even those who were not happy with their scores were thrilled to be on the line.

I cannot express enough the pride in seeing those juniors step up yesterday, remembering how they first walked into the field in May and our gratitude to everyone at aim4sport for sharing their facilities to allow the juniors to have their event.

Having always believed that relationships can be created to help us all within our sport and most certainly that the spirit of pulling together is key to the current circumstances – this has most definitely been proven this weekend.

Helen Sharpe
Wellingborough Open Archery Club

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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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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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Report – Sydney Bond Junior Inter-counties Team Tournament 2019

Report – Sydney Bond Junior Inter-counties Team Tournament 2019

Today I had the privilege of standing in for Martin Ross as county captain as the NCAS junior team took part in the EMAS inter counties tournament for the Sydney Bond Trophy (Recurve) & Bingham Ceramics trophy (Compound).

After a wild day of weather on Saturday I was relieved to wake up to a calm breeze and the early signs of a sunny Sunday. At least I could be sure I wasn’t going to loose any of my junior team to Wizard of Oz style winds which had been my concern on Saturday!!

As we arrived the sun disappeared and as assembly started we saw the beginnings of some heavy rain!!

The juniors stayed in good spirits and got on with it and were rewarded with the return of the sunshine with scattered showers. The rain was bearable it was the mud that was the bigger issue!!

Throughout the day our recurve team maintained a steady 3rd position whilst the compounds shot well but were in last place.

As always the spirit of the Northampton team shone through and I am proud to have been their captain today. No complaining and lots of supporting each other, as teams should do.

Final results for the teams were…

Recurve Team:
Nottinghamshire 5312
Derbyshire 5183
Northamptonshire 5114
Leicestershire & Rutland 4920
Lincolnshire 3393

Compound Team:
Leicestershire & Rutland 2332
Derbyshire 2280
Northamptonshire 2146

Of our team of 10 juniors they have been able to claim:
3 x Rose awards
1 x 6 gold end award

And 6 archers achieved a personal best.

Thank you to the adults who drove the juniors for the event and to my coaches who were put to work during the day.

I think it is fair to say that we have a team of wet, tired and muddy juniors headed home having had an excellent day of archery.

Thank you all for making it easy to look after you all.

Helen Sharpe.

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