National Coaches Week

(Shown in photo above: Mike Fox)

September 22 – 30 was The Coaching Association of Canada’s “National Coaches Week”. National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada.  National Coaches week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach. Through out the week Archery Canada in partnership with provincial archery organizations and affiliated clubs recognized coaches from across the country making an impact on our sport.

The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is proud to have two of our local coaches highlighted during the week. Our recognized coaches were, Joanna Lachance, a member of the ABAM Executive Committee in the role of Vice President Athlete Development & Coach at the Heights Archery Academy. As well as, Mike Fox, also a member of the ABAM Executive Committee, President and Head Coach of the Selkirk Archers & Bowhunters Club and a recent Regional Head Coach at the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games. Congratulations to Joanna and Mike on being nationally recognized for their hard work and dedication to coaching archery in Manitoba!

Below are the posts from the Archery Canada Facebook account, submitted by athletes that work with our Manitoba Coaches.


(Shown in photo left to right: Joanna Lachance (Team Manager) with athlete Jessie Major at the 2015 Canada Winter Games)

Athlete Name: Hailee MacDonald
Coaches Name: Joanna Lachance
Province: Manitoba

Q. What does your coach do that makes him/her a great coach?

Joanna is great because she goes above and beyond to make sure I get all the help I need and she’s there whenever I have questions.

Q. What is an important skill your coach has that makes them a good coach?

An important skill my coach has is that she understands me and knows how I learn. She does everything she can to make sure I know exactly what I’m doing wrong so I can can fix it and improve as quick as possible.

Q. Why do you want to say “thanks, coach”?

I’d like to thank Joanna for always being there and encouraging me to go as far as I can with archery. She’s been very patient and has helped me with everything she’s can. Joanna has encouraged me to try new things including shooting outdoors and improving my shot. I wouldn’t be where I am today if she hadn’t helped me in the beginning.


Athlete Name:Ryder
Coach Name:Mike Fox
Province: Manitoba 

Q: What does your coach do that makes him/her a great coach?
1. Mike makes learning archery fun. He’s easy to talk to and ask questions. I always look forward to shooting with him.
His positive energy. Mike always comes to the range in a good mood and encourages us.

Q. Write a memory/story about your coach.
2. I remember when we were at the Manitoba Games, I was feeling really nervous. Mike noticed and knew how to calm me down and keep me focused.

Q: Pick 3 words that describe your coach.
4. Cheerful, hard working, knowledgeable

Q. Other than the sport they coach you in, what sport would you like to watch your coach try?
6. I’d like to see Mike try skating or hockey.

Q. 8. Why do you want to say “thanks, coach”?
I want to thank Mike because he works really hard setting up events and planning fun shoots for our club. He’s taught me a lot about archery and is helping me improve my shooting.