Winter is Coming


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Earlier this week, the evening weather and lighting were pretty amazing, so Norm and I did some more videos! I have already posted the time-lapse to Facebook and I’ve just now finally gotten around to editing Norm’s handheld closeup footage. I had a little fun with it, and tried to synch up different shots together. I’m pretty happy with the result, and how consistent my shot timing is from shot to shot. Be sure to select the 1080p version of quality to see some cool slo-mo arrow flight on the shot as seen from above my head!

Fall is just around the corner and Winter is Coming. I may have mentioned it already, but Fall/Winter classes are starting up soon and may fill up quickly. If you or someone you know are curious about archery and want to give it a try, check out one of the awesome clubs near you! Many of them have multi-week classes or one-off private lessons available. I made a post already about a few clubs in the Greater Toronto Area, but if you’re not near any of them, I’d be happy to help you try to find a club near you 😀

I’m going to create a new page on here that will list (and hopefully map) archery clubs and shops. I know when I started shooting, that kind of information was difficult to find.
UPDATE: I created the page!

Saugeen Shafts

East York / Scarborough
Shawn’s Archery Instruction

York Region
York County Bowmen
Target Pro Archery

The Archers of Caledon

Mississauga / Oakville
Ontario Centre for Classical Sport

● Hamilton Archery Centre (formerly Brockley Archery Club)


Eclipsing Eclipses; Eclipsed


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I don’t know if you heard, but there was a total solar eclipse earlier in the week that was near enough to make it seem like it was cloudy when there were no clouds. Unfortunately, that’s the darkest it got here, but it was still a really interesting experience. However, in 2024, I should be lucky enough to have a total solar eclipse pass almost directly overhead! This week, I eclipsed my previous weeks arrow counts by shooting 375 arrows; the most since starting recovery. To commemorate this event, we reenacted the eclipse, with me playing the Moon:

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Norm and I have been talking it over, and I think we’re going to go ahead with some exciting new plans for our blogs. I’m not sure when, since it will be a lot of work to get things started, and we may need to get some outside help. But the idea is that it will be more interactive and engaging for our followers, creating an overall better experience. You could say that it will … eclipse our current blogs.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I occasionally mention Team Storm, well that’s us; STephanie & nORM. I think the core premise will be to rebrand ourselves as some variation of STORM Archery and to do more vlogs and videos rather than blogs. We may also do product reviews, tutorials, Q&A videos, and have lots of guests as well if there’s interest. If you have any suggestions, ideas for what you would like to see from us, or if you would like to help contribute, please let us know!

Here is a little sample of some of the footage we captured this weekend. Most of it was just an experiment to see what things would look and sound like, so it’s not very polished. The first one is a time-lapse of a 90 arrow training session, and the second is a view of the target during the same session.

In other news, I finally got around to converting the last of my old arrows. The points needed to be slightly lighter, and I needed to add wraps from ArrowSocks and vanes from XS Wings to match the rest of my current arrows. I now have 15 good arrows, 3 rough arrows that may get turned into pens, and 2 bare shafts to aid in tuning.

And just for fun, another photo!


Full Recovery Mode, GO!


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Now that all of the major summer tournaments that I planned on attending have been completed, it’s time to get into full recovery and rebuilding mode. At Nationals, I learned that my back is very nearly healed, but my stamina had suffered greatly with all the time off. The plan now is to slowly rebuild back to my pre-injury arrow volume and finish off the outdoor season with Caledon’s September tournament. To start things off, I shot 206 arrows this week.

I had to skip this weekend’s Caledon tournament, but I did manage to get a few arrows in before and helped to run it and keep things organized. My back is feeling pretty good, and I’m getting some really solid groups, but stamina is still an issue. After only 20 or 30 arrows, my form gets sloppy and the groups get larger. One thing with shooting a small number of arrows in a session means I’ve had to really focus on making each shot a good one; I think it’s definitely helped the mental side of my shot process.

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2017 Canadian Archery Championship | Championnat Canadien de tir à l’arc


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This past week was all about the Canadian Nationals in Brossard, QC. I shot 314 arrows, nearly double what I had been shooting the two weeks prior and I worked with my physiotherapist earlier in the week to figure out some final plans and ideas to help minimize the effect of my injury. The plan worked out really well, and my back is feeling MUCH better. But, because I had been taking it easy, I had lost some of my stamina and struggled to continue to shoot strong shots by the end of each day. I’m meeting with him again tomorrow to work out a recovery plan. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to full time training again in a week or two.

I shot a personal best on the first day, and achieved the first of 3 score goals I had set for myself for this season. I didn’t shoot as well on the second day, but it was still one of my highest scores for the season so far. During the elimination rounds on the third day I started strong, winning my first match, but I wasn’t  quite able to keep it up in the second. I lost two sets by only a single point or two and wasn’t able to keep up with my opponent. It was a great experience, and being only my second time doing eliminations, I learned a lot and and can’t wait for the next opportunity do it all again! Overall, I am very happy with my performance. It hasn’t fully set in yet, but top 10 in Canada with a 7th place finish in qualification and 9th in eliminations is very satisfying!

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Like other events I’ve been to, this one was no different. The organizing committee and all the volunteers work so hard for us. I can’t express enough how much your hard work means to us. Merci beaucoup! Every event I have been to has been full of friendly, hard working, dedicated people. The archery community is definitely one of the best! There is always a new friend at each event waiting to be made and so many interesting conversations to be had.

Michele, Dakota, Norm, and I carpooled out to Brossard and shared a room for the week. We had lots of fun and became better friends because of it. Thank you so much Michele for everything this weekend, I’m not sure we could have done it without you! Congratulations to Dakota and Norm who also shot personal bests this weekend, you guys rock!

Preparation & Recovery Planning


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As my back slowly heals, I’ve been able to get out shooting a little more in preparation for next weekend’s 2017 Canadian Championship in Québec. It wasn’t a lot, but this past week I shot 177 arrows, slightly up from the week before. It’s really hard forcing myself to not shoot as much as I want to, but I have to take it easy to avoid making this injury any worse. My physiotherapist and I have come up with what I feel is a pretty good plan for dealing with the injury leading up to, and during Nationals. When I get back from Nationals though, I will likely take two or three weeks off to get some good rest and hopefully fully recover from this injury.


Since the injury isn’t directly related to archery, knowing that I was still able to perform well with the pain and discomfort at Provincials, and having had a couple really good training sessions this past week with Norm, I feel very strong and confident about my form overall. There are still a couple issues that I’m trying to work through, but knowing what they are and how to fix them is a great start; I just need to stay mentally strong and focused for the duration of the tournament to minimize their impact. During my break, the mental game is something I’m going to be spending a lot of time on.

We’re really excited and looking forward to this tournament. It won’t be the last of the season, but it is the one we’ve been working toward all year. Plus, we’ll get to see more of this great country and meet many other fellow archers!

The Road to Recovery


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The road to recovery is long, winding, and often littered with bumps or other obstacles. But as long as you keep heading in the general direction you want to go, you’ll eventually arrive at your destination with a good story and a lesson or two learned along the way. This week I was able to shoot 145 arrows as I slowly build back up to my normal amount.

I’m lucky to have such a wonderful support circle of friends, family, professionals, and fellow archers to constantly keep me motivated, provide feedback, and to help me through difficult times. I can’t thank you enough! I know I’ll need you again, and I want you to know that I’ll always be there for you as well 💖 Hopefully, this particular road to recovery now has a few more breadcrumbs on it for others to help them find their way.

Since I can’t shoot as much as I want to yet, and Norm and I usually go to the range together, I’ve been finding various things to keep me busy while he’s shooting. This week, I made a chainmail(le) “bracelet” for our scope. This particular weave is commonly known as helm chain, and is a fairly simple pattern. It’s really good for making things like bracelets and necklaces since it naturally likes to lay flat. If anyone is interested, I usually order my rings from The Ring Lord and when I want to try a new weave or need a reminder, M.A.I.L. (Maille Artisans International League) is a wonderful resource.

Now I want to add more chainmail to other parts of my gear but I’m not sure what, or where .. any suggestions?

The Magic of Physiotherapy


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This past week was very difficult, but it needed to be done; I didn’t shoot at all and spent most of the time trying to rest my back. Doing nothing for an entire week is really hard, but Norm took such good care of me that it wasn’t too bad ❤ I even spent some good quality time with my equipment, just hanging out on the couch watching movies.

On Wednesday, I was able to get in to see my physiotherapist and he was able to determine the issue and do some initial poking and prodding that greatly helped decrease the pain and increase my mobility. I’ll be back in to see him a couple more times this week as I slowly add exercise and shooting back into my daily training routine. Hopefully everything goes well and I’ll be back to normal next week! Thank you so much to the team at Kings Cross Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic for looking after me!

IMG_20170723_122410I did manage to head out to the range a couple of times with Norm, mostly in an effort to move around and stretch my legs a little bit. While there, I was able to play with our new Barska spotting scope and help Norm out with some video analysis of his form.

2017 OAA Target Championships


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I’m still dealing with back issues and haven’t been able to do any training since last week.  Hopefully, my physio appointment this week helps me start the healing process. The only shooting I did do was at the Ontario Provincial Championships this weekend in Sault Ste. Marie where I shot 262 arrows in practice and competition.

Norm, Shannon, and I all piled into the car early Friday morning for a long drive out to the Sault. On the way, we stopped by Sudbury to check out the Big Nickel at Science North. We didn’t record much of the archery, but we did get some video and photos of the trip. There was even a Rib Fest in town while we were there!

On Saturday, we shot two 720 qualification rounds for the Ontario Target Championship and I finished 4th in my division with a 7.22 average arrow score. Since some of the divisions were a little smaller, they were combined to make for a single larger elimination bracket, putting me into 5th overall. I was pretty satisfied with my performance, which was a little better than last weekend’s. I learned a lot, and even figured out something in my release that will make for more consistent shots in the future.


The Ontario Open was on Sunday. It’s a head-to-head style elimination tournament using Saturday’s qualification scores for seeding. I was very pleased with my performance overall, shooting a 7.4 average arrow and winning each of my three matches 6 – 2 to take the gold!

A huge thank you to the hosts, the organizers, and all the volunteers who put on a fabulous event! And

Making Mistakes, Making Progress


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This week was pretty tough. I still managed to shoot near to my average arrow volume, but that’s only due to having another double double 720 this weekend. In total, I shot 432 arrows this week, but it should have been a much higher count. Earlier in the week I strained my back while doing some gardening and it’s still sore. The hardest part was resting; basically doing nothing for three days. All I wanted to do was to keep shooting, training, and working on the things my coach and I had last discussed. I probably shouldn’t have shot the tournament, especially with Provincials coming up next weekend. Thankfully, it seems to have worked out ok.

The week started off with something a little different; Field Archery. Norm convinced Brennan to come check out the club and as part of the tour we gave him, we shot the field course. I like to think of Field Archery as golf for archers, so I may occasionally refer to a target as a hole, since there are several different targets on a field course, like there are several holes on a golf  course. One of these holes had an option of shooting through some rather tightly grouped trees, so of course we took the opportunity!

Midweek, I met with my coach to discuss the concerns I had last week. We concluded that the changes were being caused by my recent form changes, and as long as it’s comfortable and consistent, it’s not an issue. He had some other suggestions for me to work on, but because of the gardening related back pain, I wasn’t able to do any further training this week. Instead, I used the tournament to really focus on incorporating his advice into my shot process. It’s definitely not something you should do during a tournament, but with my sore back, a lack of training this week, gusty wind conditions, and Provincials fast approaching, I decided I wouldn’t be too concerned about my scores and instead focus on working the new elements into my shot process to prepare for next weekend.

Norm got a few good clips of some of my less than ideal shots from the tournament. You can really see that my spine alignment is much straighter and my whole body is much more stable. You can also see how much my head is moving and how unstable my bow arm is. Granted, it was pretty windy, and I was slightly injured. Still, it’s something to work on.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my performance this weekend, especially with the issues and weather that I had to deal with. I’ve regained confidence in my form, and I’m getting better at being able to read changing wind conditions.

Something’s Different


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After last weekend’s tournament I was feeling really confident with my form, but something changed early this week that’s causing my bow to swing in front of me instead of tapping my leg after release. This week, I shot 518 arrows.

I spent a while on Wednesday shooting in my garage trying to figure out what had changed.

I have a couple theories, but I’m a little confused since I didn’t consciously change anything during the week. The only form changes I made, were a week or two ago and the bow swinging only started this week. I’ll be meeting with my coach early this week, hopefully we can figure out what happened and work through fixing it (or just accepting it) before the tournament this weekend.

I think I’ve mostly worked through my finger tension/nerve damage issue. I still have to wrap my finger, but it seems to be healing. However, I still have a lot to work on with my release. In this video, you can see my fingers relax and the string leave my hand, but almost immediately after that, my fingers flex out instead of staying relaxed. Since the arrow has already left, it’s probably not a big problem, but it is something I would like to fix. The best part about this video though, is its audio; so satisfying.

Oh! I almost forgot. My new Doinker 15″ Estremo side rods finally arrived (I had been waiting for them since February). They’re a little longer and a little heavier than my old side rods which really helps to give the bow a better balance during and after the shot. This photo is pretty great since it shows off the stabilizer set up so well, but if you look closely, way off to the left, you can see the arrow I had just shot!arrow