At the Scottish Archery AGM on the 26th November, we recognised those who have worked hard volunteering for Scottish Archery.
Senior Volunteer of the Year - Tim Howe (Posthumous)
Tim attended a beginner’s course and joined Links Archers in 1988. He quickly progressed to being a competitive archer and began contributing to the running of the Club by becoming a member of the committee. He qualified as a coach in 1990 and over the years has introduced and encouraged hundreds of adults and juniors to the sport of archery. Many of whom have progressed to high levels of achievement. A constantly cheery, pleasant, larger than life gentleman. Unfortunately, Tim sadly passed away in September, at the age of seventy.
Junior Volunteer of the Year – Curtis Hirst
Curtis started shooting at the age of 7 at his school. He has represented Scotland in the Home nations match at Junior British champs and is the Junior representative on his club committee. He always volunteers at the club's come and try sessions and beginners courses. Two years ago he started on the Archery GB youth judging programme by shadowing and working with the Scottish Archery senior judges. He is a well known and well respected individual in the archery community.
Service to Archery in Scotland (David Christie Trophy) - Malcolm Alexander
Malcolm has been involved in archery for almost 30 years and has represented Scotland since 1996. He has served as treasurer for the Northern Area for many years and has run the Northern Area Championships and the Northern Area Fita Star. He was member of Grampion Bowman, before joining Links Archers. He is also always on hand to support archers especially those at Aberdeen University and Mearns Academy.
Scottish Archery Coach of the Year – Bill Mackay
The Coach of the Year Award went to a Senior Coach who runs a range of coaching workshops, a Coach Educator who has run the majority of Level 1 Coach training courses in Scotland and acting as an Assessor for UKCC Coach training courses. He also travels out with Scotland to run and assess UKCC Coach training courses.
He is an accredited Instructor Tutor and Assessor and travels throughout Scotland training Instructors so that they can be fully qualified in teaching archery in the leisure and education industries.
He has adopted a National role as he has been part of the National Coaching Committee for numerous years helping to shape the direction of Coaching in the UK. He has also helped to write the training materials for the UKCC training courses.
Shelly Phillip Disability Achievement Award – Richard Vallis
Richard has been extremely active in disability archery – not only as a member of the Lasswade Disabled club but in a variety of other settings. Over 30 years ago he started a drama group for people with Learning Disabilities which is still going strong!
He is an active Coach with Scottish Disability Sport, Scottish War Blinded Society, and a range of other clubs which whilst they are not affiliated to Scottish Archery he gives his time willingly to introduce people with a disability to our sport.
His can-do attitude is infectious and he has helped so many people with a disability realize and appreciate the benefits of sport and especially archery.
Life membership was awarded to Norrie and Elayne McLean for their continued work and effort in supporting archery across Scotland.
Hall of Fame
The following were inducted into the Hall of Fame and will soon appear on our Hall of Fame website page.