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GWAS Indoor 2021

The 2021 Grand Western Indoor/Outdoor Covid Challenge

In line with Government and Archery GB Guidelines we were forced to cancel the 2021 Junior and Senior GWAS Indoor Championships.

Instead we are hoping to run the event as a virtual competition which will be open to all current members of The Region with a total prize fund of over £900 up for grabs!

The initial idea was to run the event from 14thFebruary for four weeks but due to the current lockdown this is clearly not possible.

Details will be sent out once we know more about the “Roadmap Out of Lockdown” to be announced by Boris on 22ndFebruary.

Please keep an eye on the GWAS website!

Usually around this time in February I would be sending out the entry forms for Dunster Week 2021, but I am sure you will understand that am holding off doing so until we hear from Boris on the 22nd.

This will give us all a greater understanding of the roadmap out of lockdown and “Boris willing” I will be looking to get the forms out by the end of February.

Best wishes, Vikki

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Dorothea Baker from Devon & Cornwall on 14th January at the age of 96, known to many as “Poppy”.

Many older members of the Society will remember Dorothea as a spirited lady who knew how to have fun but with a determination to ensure that archery was taught properly and with etiquette. “Poppy” was a talented archer and National Judge and will be sadly missed by many.

 A message from the GWAS President 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you in your clubs and counties within the GWAS region, who are working tirelessly behind the scenes in an effort to keep archery alive during these difficult times. 

I know that hours have been spent creating protocols to enable people to shoot, only to have the tier restrictions change and thus prevent your plans being put in to action. Your work and enthusiasm has not gone unnoticed and I applaud and thank you on behalf of all the GWAS community. 

I would also like to publically thank our Honorary Tournament Organiser for devising and running on line GWAS tournaments and our Honorary Treasurer for her scheme to make grants available to help clubs survive until we can all resume the sport we love. 

Let us hope that it will not be too long before we can meet again on the shooting line. 

With best wishes to all, 

Jane Rees 

Please find below a link to the slides that were presented at the AGB regional Chairs Meeting in late 2020.

The slides can be found here.

If you have any questions around these slides then do feel free to either contact our Chairman ( or contact ArcheryGB directly.

The attached flyer gives details of the very first GWAS award winners upto 30th September 2019 (which in normal circumstances would have been presented at the AGM 2020). Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic it has taken longer to assemble the information for presentation to the membership.

Please find flyer here

Please find below links to the results information for the GWAS Counties Senior & Junior Covid Challenges:-

Covid Challenge Results Information

Senior Covid Challenge Results

Junior Covid Challenge Results

Thank you all very much for taking part.

Nominations for the annual GWAS Awards
Last year was the first year that GWAS gave awards, with a small number of members receiving Hon. Life Membership for outstanding service to the Society over many years. A number of members also received awards for meritorious service to the Society.
Please do not leave it too late to nominate people this year: the nomination period for this year’s GWAS Awards is closing soon (30/09/20).
Send nominations to the Hon. Secretary on the requisite forms and please make sure you give enough detailed information for the Awards Panel to make a balanced judgement.
Please use the following link to find the necessary documents:
and look in the ‘GWAS Forms and Logos’ section.
Andrew Rees – Hon. Sec. G.W.A.S.

Please find below a link to the details for the Senior and Junior GWAS Counties Covid Challenge being held throughout September.
Link here

It is with deep regret and sadness that I must inform you that Paul Maines died on Sunday 23rd August.
He had been feeling unwell over the weekend, was admitted to hospital and died at lunchtime.
Paul was not only an archery enthusiast and coach, but also a great servant of the sport, both for his club, Gordano Valley, and for his county, Somerset, where he had been Chairman until his health deteriorated as he was undergoing treatment for cancer – a treatment he endured bravely and without complaint.
He will be greatly missed by all his archery friends and, on behalf of SCAA, I offer sincere condolences to his family.
Andrew Rees – Chairman, Somerset County Archery Association
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