30 June, 2023
The past few months have seen plenty of change and opportunity for Archery NZ and our members. While there has been a lot of change within the Board, our committee members and other volunteers have continued to work hard to ensure our organisation continues to support participation in Archery at all levels.
In April, two large teams represented NZ in Adelaide at the 2023 Trans Tasman Challenge which was closely followed by the 2023 World Archery Oceania Championships. Congratulations to all our athletes and a huge thank you to our excellent coaches and officials.
More recently, Finn Matheson travelled to World Archery Asia Cup Stage 3 in Singapore. Travelling from chilly NZ straight into a muggy monsoon, Finn represented NZ well and made it to the second round of individual match play.
As you read this, a hardworking team of young athletes are on their way to compete at the World Archery Youth Championships in Limerick, Ireland. Look out for updates on their progress on our Facebook page. The Board works in tandem with our committees, which deal with the organisational work of Archery NZ. Our finance committee deserves a special mention. Anne and Grant are a small but efficient team who, as well as keeping track of our finances, secure grant funding. They recently obtained a substantial grant that will allow the replacement of judges and event officials uniforms. Keep an eye out for sharply dressed judges at tournaments soon.
Earlier this year we received a sizable grant to develop an online training program for coaches. Due to changes in the board, it was not possible to complete this project and we have returned the funding. While this is disappointing, the plan for the project is in place and we will pursue funding at a later date.
Looking ahead, we have our SGM coming up on July 4th at 7:30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to fill vacant positions on the Board. There is 1x one year position and 1x two-year position. Thank you to those who have put forward their nomination. Our AGM for 2023 will be announced soon. This meeting will be immediately preceded by an SGM to amend the 2022 constitution to ensure it meets requirements. At the AGM we will elect two board members, both for 3 year terms. Board membership is an excellent opportunity to steer our organisation. While the last few months have had a few challenges, I have personally found my time on the Board to be incredibly rewarding and I look forward to welcoming new Board members.
Chairperson, Archery NZ