News From The Secretary
Welcome to the new shooting season, let’s hope the weather co-operates and everyone enjoys this great sport.
Nationally and internationally this will be a pretty busy time. We have the New Zealand Outdoor Nationals in Whitianga in early January, there are numerous FITA Star tournaments throughout the country as well as lots of local and district events. There are postal tournaments for which you don’t even have to leave home. If you don’t want to compete against others there are World Archery and Archery New Zealand incentive awards that depend only on you shooting to the best of your ability and which are a tangible record of the progress you are making.
Internationally there are the Oceania Championships, including the Oceania Commonwealth Championships and World Games Qualification (for compound only) to be held in Whitianga in the first week of November. There are four World Cups plus the Finals and the World Championships in Antalya (Turkey) and the World Para-Archery Championships in Bangkok (Thailand). The World Youth Championships will take place in China. The first target competition for compound archers as part of the World Games, a multi sport games for those sports/categories not included in the Olympic Games, will take place in Columbia. This was a New Zealand initiative to give the compound archers a top level event in a multi sport games until such time as the bow division might be included in the Olympic Games. It is a great shame our compound men did not think it worth their while to seek selection.
In addition there is the possibility of the Indoor World Cup series.
Following a recent successful seminar attended by a number of coaches, there will, shortly, be news of a coherent plan to promote the education and distribution of coaches.
The outcome of the recent postal ballot on the restructuring proposals will be circulated in the near future.
The Convener of the Judges’ Commission and National Secretary have carried out a complete overhaul of the Archery New Zealand (ANZ) Constitution and Rules. As you know the Shooting
Rules were withdrawn from the AGM earlier this year because of confusion over which version should be used. While sorting through that problem we found that hardly any of the other parts of the C&R had been kept up to date with all amendments approved by various Annual meetings and/or the Board. As a consequence everything has been updated as far as we can tell and the full set will be presented for approval (or not) by the AGM on 8 January 2013. Although the circulation of motions is not required until the end of November, because of the amount of material to be covered, including motions from several clubs, the entire set will be sent to clubs and posted on the ANZ web site at the beginning of November.
Talking of the AGM there are elections to take place.
The usual rotation of positions are:
Athletes’ Convener elected by the Athletes’ Commission
Judges’ Convener elected by the Judges’ Commission.
In addition the position of Vice President and thus Convener of the Selection Panel will also be subject of an election for a one-year period to complete the two-year tenure of the position.
Other “Situations vacant” and for which nominations, volunteers, are sought are as follows:
Manager and Coach World Cup Shanghai 13-19 May
Manager and Coach World Cup Antalya 10-16 June
Manager and Coach World Cup Medellin (Columbia) 15-21 July
Manager and Coach World Games [compound target] Cali (Columbia) 27-28 July
Manager and Coach World Cup Wroclaw (Poland) 12-18 August
Manager and Coach World Youth Championships Wuxi (China) 1-8 September*
Delegate and Observers World Archery Congress Antalya 27-28 September
Manager and Coach World Championships Antalya 29 September-6 October
Manager and Coach World 3D Championships Sassan (Italy) 8-12 October
Application forms, including closing dates, for these tournament positions are available from the ANZ web site. Assistant manager applications would also be considered for the tournaments.
Appointments will be made at least six (6) months ahead of the respective tournament. Of course participation in the tournaments will depend on a team being sent.
Regretfully the costs of participating in these tournament will be those of the individual although ANZ will do all it can to obtain funding.
The entries for the Outdoor Nationals are flowing in so don’t risk being left out of this excellent tournament to be held in an amazing part of the country. Enter now!
*I am grateful to Kathy Barclay for correcting the date of the Youth World Championships, which is now accurate in the above article.