Saturday, May 22 Outdoor Lanes available for booking

Effective today, May 20, 2021, the Ontario government has announced that outdoor sports are set to reopen across the province on Saturday, May 22nd as part of a three-step plan aimed at gradually allowing for more indoor and outdoor activities to resume by the end of summer.   Therefore, South Nation Archery is pleased to offer booking times for our outdoor lanes starting at 9am May 22nd.  Please e-mail or phone to book your time slot.

Under the new plan, restrictions will be eased gradually through June, July and August based on vaccination rates and key public health and health-care indicators.

The current stay-at-home order will remain in place until June 2, with the exception of these newly-announced changes to some outdoor activities.

The three phases of the province’s plan are:

  • Phase one (starting week of June 13): An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Phase two: Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, personal care services as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity. All indoor gatherings in this phase will require face coverings.
  • Phase three: Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are large numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness, indoor dining, museums, art galleries, libraries, casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.

Rian Chicoine is our Nutrition Week Champion for 2021

Congratulations to all our advanced and intermediate students who took the 2021 Nutrition Week challenge.  This year, the person who had the most balanced diet for 7 straight days, with the least amount of junk food was Rian Chicoine.  Congratulations, Rian!

Our Nutrition Week challenge is focused on education, on calorie quality, not on calorie intake.  This is about nutrition, not dieting, and a lot of our students learned that there were patterns to their eating habits which could be altered easily in order to improve energy and hydration.

South Nation runs this challenge in the advanced/intermediate classes each March to mark National Nutrition month.  For more information about the revised Canada Food Guide and how to fuel your body better, please use government of Canada link: https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/

 

Birthday Parties During COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following Ontario government guidelines, we are suspending birthday party lessons until further notice.

The only exemption to this are parties which comprise of one family only in attendance.

Please contact Kathleen Millar for more details:  info@southnationarchery.com

 

2020 Candle-Master Quintin Fawcett

During our COVID-19 delayed Session #4, we held our annual candle event on October 28-29.  The archer must shoot out the flame without touching the arrow.  It takes quite a lot of skill and calmness.

This year’s Master is Cadet Compound archer Quintin Fawcett who shot THREE candles successfully.  Congratulations, Quintin!  You are the youngest archer to take out 3 in one class!

Then we had quite the family feud in our Thursday night 7pm classes:  all 3 parents shot out at least 1 candle flame (Connie Siedule shot out 2 of them), but none of the children in the families was able to do so.  Of course the parents did not rub in that fact …

We had a large number of people shoot their first candle flames ever.  So, with them plus repeat successful archers, big congratulations to:  Serenity Last (her dad failed to put one out), Georgia Stanley, Stella Fawcett, Oz Alves, Eden Baker, William Baker and Pam LeClair.

Our annual event is the distraction night activity built into advanced group lessons.  Other distraction night events include team rounds, shutting out sounds around you, and field archery.  For more information on advanced classes, please contact Kathleen Millar.

AWARDS CELEBRATION – COVID-19 STYLE FOR 2020!

On Saturday, September 26th we will be hosting our annual Awards Celebration for 2020.

We are excited to recognize all of our club, provincial and national participants.

 

But it’s 2020, so there will be differences:

  1. This event is by invitation only. You will receive an invitation directly via e-mail and/or via Canada Post.  There will be no other spectators.  Please see Point #3.
  2. The presentations will be held outdoors. We will have a pavilion in case of poor weather.  Please wear your mask at all times except for the actual presentation.
  3. Bring ONE family member with you in order to present you with your medal(s).
  4. There is no set time to arrive during the day between 9am to 4pm. Please identify yourself at the shop door and we’ll come out to organise the presentation, take your photo and give you some cake if you wish.
  5. We will create a photo collage on our website of all our participants who join us on September 26th.
  6. There will be individual pieces of cake, cut and plated according to COVID-19 guidelines. Kathy or Larry will give you the piece of cake directly in order to avoid cross-contamination.  When you eat your cake, please maintain at least 2m-distance between your family and any others present.  Please put your garbage in the waste bin provided.

NOTE:  SNAC has all the medals and certificates EXCEPT for provincial championship medals.  If you received one of these in the mail, PLEASE bring it/them along so that we can present them to you properly.

FYI:  MICA has been extended until the end of the year, so we will not be able to know club member results yet.

August 2020 – Here we go with year 38!

Quietly, without a lot of fanfare, we celebrated the start of our 38th year in business last week. That’s a pretty big accomplishment for a privately-owned, archery-only shop. There are not many of us left in the industry.
We would like to thank all our loyal customers and students for their support all through the years and will continue to offer you education, information and services in an accepting, welcoming environment.

All 2020 Ontario Provincial Championships CANCELLED

Friday, July 24th, 2020
The Archery Ontario Board of Directors (BOD), has been working with partners at local, regional, provincial and national levels to determine the best course of action for the 2020 scheduled provincial events. Early in this process, steps were taken to reschedule provincial events to a much later date than usual, with the hope that conditions surrounding Covid19 would allow for the safe and successful return to play and the hosting of these larger scale, provincially sanctioned archery events.

The BOD met on July 22nd and was unanimous in the passing of a motion to defer until 2021 the hosting of the 4 major provincial events (3D, Field, Target and Junior Challenge). Therefore, none of the events will take place this year. This is in keeping with our value of safety: the safety of organizers, officials, participants and spectators alike – ALL of our archery family!

What does this means for host clubs? They have the first opportunity to host next year and we ask that they please confirm via email to Kevin, if they choose to do so. We would be going back the usual calendar dates. If they choose not to do so, then the host club intended for 2021 will be the next in line to be eligible to host, it not, then the hosting of the event would be open to bidding at the Fall AGM.

Contributing factors that do not allow for us to move forward in this season: For example, the regions of the province are in various stages of re-opening; the public health officials of different regions have different guidelines to follow; the liability insurance is limited in the way it offers protection for host clubs in terms of liability (if someone were become ill from COVID while attending a provincial event, the host club could be held liable, even if a waiver were signed and there is a campaign underway so as to make this change in legislation, for the future); time constraints, additional equipment requirements and availability of large outdoor spaces that allow for proper social distancing, disinfecting practices and costs associated with cleanliness, PPE, etc.

* A reminder to clubs that Under the emergency order (still in place at the time of this message) and available here https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r20223 the only persons permitted to use the facility are members of an organization, league or club. described in paragraph 34.4 of Schedule 2.
**For those who are looking to host their own local event, Clubs are required to comply with conditions in their applicable region/Public Health Unit, such as wearing a mask, limits on gathering size, physical distancing, stringent disinfecting and cleaning and having a contingency plan in place in the event that a participant is unwell and/ or displays symptoms while on the premises, etc. Keeping a list of the participants to do contact-tracing and being able to reach everyone to advise them, should a participant later develop the illness. These conditions will vary based on whether the region is in Stage 2 or Stage 3 of the Provincial re-opening framework.
***More information available here https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-stages

We thank you (the membership) for your ongoing support and we look forward to a time when we can come together to participate safely in Archery – our sport for life! Respectfully,
Archery Ontario Board of Directors

South Nation Archery Supply Helping Out Health Care Providers During COVID-19

On Monday, April 06th, we delivered 1 dozen hand-made face masks with pockets for filters to the Sewing For Life community group in Winchester, Ontario.  Kathy Millar had enough remnant cotton material and elastic to build the 12 face masks.

The co-ordinators, including Cheryl Guy, are gathering cotton, elastic and thread for volunteer sewing machine operators in order to create these masks for health care workers.  They will be used in cancer wards, long term care facilities and other institutions in order to save more N95 masks for the Winchester District Memorial Hospital.

If you have 50% or 100% pre-shrunk cotton fabric that you do not need, and/or thin elastic, please consider donating either to South Nation Archery Supply or to the Sewing For Life group.  You can reach Cheryl Guy at 613-774-3399.  You can drop off any supplies to SNAC during normal business hours.

Cloth remnants should be at least 18″ long.  Elastic should be 1/8″ wide.

2020 Nutrition Challenge a Big Success

March is always Nutrition Month and in our Advanced Classes we always have a challenge in order to see who eats the most balanced, healthy diet over the course of one week.

We were able to get this done before shutting down classes for the pandemic.  Here are the highlights:

Grand Champion:  Garnett Last 840/910 points!  Congratulations!

Class winners:  Serenity Last 780, Robert Kerr 770, and Bill Mackey 770.

Special congratulations to Serenity who was the only person to score a perfect 130 in one day!

We will have our annual Nutrition Challenge celebration as soon as we can finish the last two classes of session #3.  Stayed tuned for more details.