Youth Judge - Curtis Hirst
Meet Scottish Archery's newest Judge;
I have been shadowing for the past 2 years as a youth candidate and I am proud to call myself an official Youth Judge now. I went down to Lilleshall to sit my exam along with the other candidates and youth candidates. I passed and I was over the moon when Douglas told me that I was an official judge. Ever since I started competing 5 years ago I had always wanted to go to the Olympic Games, however now that I have switched to Compound, I can't shoot at the Olympics so why not judge at it? My future ambition is to be able to be the Chairman of Judges at one of the future Olympic Games. I want to thank my family for transporting me everywhere and fellow judges for being so supportive. I look forward to the future and what it entails.
And another one..........
Introducing Darren Roe, another new judge in Scotland.
I served 24 years in the army where I begun archery. I competed in the army team in several competitions. I work up in Dunfermline with the reserves and am trying to start a local club. I wanted to become a judge because I was already an instructor and am doing the level 1 coach course this year and believe a good all round knowledge of all aspects of archery is essential. I started archery in the army, my first time picking up a bow was 2010. I am looking forward to being a Judge as I am used to various ways of doing things with being a soldier, it seems a simple process as long as you enjoy archery and have the passion for it. The thing I'm looking forward to most is working with the team and gaining experience from other judges. The thing I am least looking forward to is the rain, but its OK I've bought my self a good umbrella! I would advise those interested in judging to go along take a look and speak to the judges it might surprise you. I enjoy shooting when I can, but best of all my wife and six of my eight kids all have bows and shoot with me. Two of which are becoming youth judges.
Eastern Area Athlete Pathway
The Eastern Area has kicked off 2017 with a Junior and Novice showdown and the first of the Area Development Squad sessions. The Area Committee as worked hard to outline an archer pathway for its members, right through from novice level, to those hoping to make the Area teams this year. The Junior and Novice Showdown is a friendly laid back shoot which introduces the competition format in a relaxed way, with lots of prizes and chocolate. The Area Development Squad takes archers who have achieved Bowman and First Class scores in the previous year. The squad encourages the archers to set their own goals for shooting and develop their own programmes to help them achieve their goals. The Eastern Area has achieved some good successes at Area or County events in the past, and this archer path way will ensure this success continues. We hope to include details of the Northern Area and West Area pathways in future newsletters.