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

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

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