DNAA Update May 2021

The executive committee recently met to discuss a few matters now that lockdown restrictions are lifting.
We are conscious of the fact that we have not had an AGM since May 2019 and the accounts have not been audited for 2019/20 and 2020/21. It is proposed that as the roadmap will allow meetings indoors that we ask the auditors from the 2019 AGM to audit the accounts for the past two financial years to present at the next AGM to be held as and when lockdown restrictions allow. Proposed for some time in August/September 2021.
Due to the focus being on clubs getting their membership to return and the lack of volunteers and rules and regulations being put in place, it was decided that the County Championships for 2021 will not go ahead. The first DNAA Shoot for 2021/22 will be the Indoor Championships in March 2022.
The Executive were advised that the National Mid Summer Tournament for 2021 would not take place this year and is being moved to September each year going forward. Whilst discussing the County Teams, discussions moved to the NCAS Inter Counties Event on 2 and 3 October 2021. It was decided that as clubs were focusing on returning members and most members were concentrating on returning to archery that it would be unfair if we submitted a team to the event as a lot of our members would not be competition fit and the selection criteria could not be followed as detailed in the DNAA Constitution.
The decisions were not taken lightly and we hope to be able to be able to provide you with more positive news in the future.

Edna McGowan

It is with great sadness we inform you that Edna McGowan passed away on Thursday 15 April at the age of 85 after a short illness.
Edna was DNAA President for a number of years, a position she was honoured to hold.
A member of Killingworth Archers since shortly after the club was formed in 1975, she was our President and always at the heart of the club, alongside her late husband George, a founder member of the club.
Edna was an Instructor, Coach then County Coach for many years and introduced so many people to our sport.
She competed in tournaments all over the country and represented DNAA on many occasions. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Our thoughts are with Edna’s family at this sad time.
Killingworth Archers

Fred Hedley

The county is extremely sad to announce that Fred Hedley has passed away after a long illness.

Fred was a senior coach and coached many of the county’s archers and helped other coaches, over many years. 

He was a member of Killingworth archers and coached all over the country.

He was a member of Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade, having started in Newcastle and Gateshead Fire service rescue and rose to Divisional Officer. He often used the experience he gained to help in archery.

He was a keen exponent of tug of war, and in his younger years often travelled to the Isle of Man to watch the TT.

Fred was always keen to chat to folk and was a friend to many, his tales were legendary.

Fred was greatly loved by everyone and he will be sadly missed. 

Fred leaves his wife Silvia and stepson Anthony. Our deepest sympathies to them at this sad time.


County Chair