I| would like to start this issue of “A view from the chair” with an apology for being late, I have just returned from holiday.
Thank you to Sherwood Archers for hosting the County Indoor Championships again this year, as always well run and thanks to all that attended, the tournament had full attendance, nice to see so much support, hopefully all county Shoots will be as well supported this year. Congratulations to all the New county champions, too many to list here; (for results follow the link below). Remember though (Robert Gray), you only stay at the top with dedication and hard work. There is always somebody willing to take your place, keep practicing everyone.
As many will know, the Sherwood clout shoot was postponed due to the awful weather. It was rescheduled for the 1st March. This was the selection shoot for the Nottinghamshire county clout team. As soon as the results are published our wonderful county team manager (Bryan Haynes) will inform the archers that have won places on the team for the EMAS inter-counties team clout shoot on the 22nd March at Kettering. I wish you all good shooting on the day, take it to them. (I understand Bryan now has the results).
As county chairman and a member of Greasley Castle Archers I would like to welcome Wilford Bowmen to our field as an alternative venue for their WA 1440 tournament in May. Highfields which is the regular venue for said shoot will be in upheaval as the new hockey pitch will be under construction. This is what I hope archery is all about, as chairman of the county I wish to establish this year that the clubs in the county are one big club supporting each other, not a collection of individual clubs.
I think for the first time every club holding a tournament in the county this year has its entry form available with the majority on the EMAS web site, follow the link; (https://www.emasarchery.co.uk/tournaments/).
Time to start filling out those forms people, I know these tournaments will fill quickly this year.
A pile of no longer used trophies has been donated to the county, it is intended to recycle them to be awarded to the Barebow classifications where I know there is a lack of trophies. If any clubs have any unused, unloved trophies in the back off your cupboards and you wish to donate to county, contact Mr Chris Joyce (Burton Joyce Archers).
Lastly, I would like to pass on some very sad new.
It is with great sadness I must report the passing of a good friend of mine; Mr Ian Simpson, who died on the 26th February 2020 aged 66. For those that did not know him, he was a fantastic GB team support player when I was a Great British archery team member but also a close friend outside of archery, with our kayaking and mountain bike escapades. A member of Oxford Archers and the smallest idiot in the pack. (He was short). If you did know him, you will understand what I mean. Make sure there is a bike, boat and bow waiting for me up there please.
I will miss you mate.