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As we approach the possibility of reopening archery in the county, it has been decided to hold a county meeting this Wednesday.
I have attached an agenda so that you can see the matters for discussion.
Obviously, with the current restrictions, the meeting will be held online, via the county Zoom account. If you would like to join us and have an input into moving the county forwards, please let me know and I will send you the link to allow you to log in.
Club secretaries, I would be grateful if you could forward this to your members, to allow them to also access the meeting.
Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you all on a field somewhere over the summer.
At the AGM yesterday (20th February) there were some changes to the Officers of the County.
Alan Munson stepped down as President after serving since 2018 and I hope everyone will join me in thanking him for all he has done in that time.
He is succeeded by Paul Clark. Paul is well known in the County and I am sure will pick up where Alan left off.
Kevin Juniper was elected to the role of General Member and is a great addition to the Executive.
Mark Lawrence was elected as Vice President (2021/2023) to go with his role as Senior Records Officer.
Maggie Pearce was appointed Honorary Live Vice President of the County. She stood down as Vice President after having served the county for 23 years so a huge congratulations and thank you Maggie.
ECAA Vice President (2020/2022) and Webmaster
Please find attached the information and reports for the AGM 2021. Please read through the reports and minutes in advance of the meeting. These will not be read out at the meeting. I look forward to seeing you, albeit virtually, on 20th.
Due to the current situation, the AGM will be held online. Anyone wishing to attend will be asked to book via Eventbrite and the meeting will be held on Zoom.
To register for the event you will need to book in using Eventbright at:-https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecaa-agm-2021-tickets-135848974941
TONY IKEL 29-7-1941 to 25-1-2021
Tony started Archery in 1987 after a have-a-go at Pontins with his two sons. In those days we had no helpful internet and archery was well hidden but eventually we found West Essex Bowmen over at Stubbers and Tony did his beginners course soon followed by sons John and Robin. It was a bit far to get to but then we found Oakfield Archers which was only seven minutes away.
In 1989 Tony became Team Manager of Redbridge Archery at the London Youth Games, a post he held for 30 years and Redbridge became the team it was hard to beat.
Tony soon became interested in coaching, working his way up to Senior Coach/Level 4 and over the years had Archers from lots of clubs come to him for coaching. For some years he coached wheelchair Archers at Stoke Mandeville Hospital which he really enjoyed.
Tony also got interested in Judging and eventually qualified as a National Judge. When shooting at the Malta FITA Star he was asked if he would like to be a Judge the following year, of course he said yes and continued doing so for 15 years.
Unfortunately Tony was diagnosed with cancer of the Larynx in 2003 and then it spread so he had to have a total Laryngectomy in 2004 meaning he had no voice and also couldn’t blow his judges whistle but undaunted he learned Oesophageal speech and bought a battery operated “whistle” (which was meant to go on a motorbike), after a few years he was able to buy a more sophisticated version which most Judges seem to use nowadays.
As if this wasn’t enough to cope with Tony developed Parkinson’s Disease so he had to first give up Field Judging then retire from Judging altogether when SCAS appointed him Judge Emeritus.
This time last year Tony started to do less and it became apparent something was wrong and eventually he saw the right doctor who diagnosed a tumour along his jaw and he went into the Royal London Hospital 8th September. The operation seemed to go well but then there were postoperative complications and he was eventually moved to a Nursing Home where he died.
Tony was one of the first people I met when judging and he encouraged me and many of the others to progress in the sport. He also acted as Senior Records Officer for ECAA and was Team Manager for a number of years.
He will be missed be all.
Hope you are all well and coping in the strange situation that we all, currently, find ourselves in!?
I feel very passionate about trying to get the Masters category, within competitions, the recognition it deserves.
It seems that anywhere else in the world this part of archery is readily available and extremely popular but in this country is hardly spoken about.
I have written an article regarding Master competition (that’s a category for those of us over 50 years of age, for those of you that don’t know!) and the enjoyment and camaraderie it can bring to our sport.
Please click on the link https://www.aim4sport.com/?p=5667
to read the article and let me know if you are interested in joining us in pushing this element within competition archery at all levels.
Please look out for further information regarding, possibly a postal league, and I will be contacting tournament organisers to see, if they are running competitions, they can possibly include a masters category.
Stay safe and well X
Sad news today that Tony Ikel has passed away.
Many will know Tony as a National Judge and Senior Coach.
Our thoughts go to Joan, and his sons at this difficult time.
More details as we get them