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  • 1 Dec 2020 1:00 AM | Connor Deneka (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    We hope that this newsletter finds you healthy and warm as winter is upon much of the country now. COVID-19 impacted us all in 2020.  The safety of our families and our athletes came first in all our decisions this year. We have been fortunate to not lose funding and are managing better than many sport organizations. Not all our clubs and provincial organizations have been so fortunate and that may impact our sport in the longer term. We hope you all stay committed to rebuilding the foundations for our sports in 2021.  

    While our National championships were cancelled, Olympics postponed and many of us had to forgo competitions March through to June, our Domestic program has attempted to “go Virtual” in this new, less-travelled world and we now have a new and improved website in both official languages, a classification system for rifle and pistol (shotgun coming in the next year), co-hosted Community Satellite Events and a monthly coast to coast championships program.

    We have secured and updated our staff positions and job descriptions and have three employees whose duties are posted on the website for all to understand how our office functions. These staff, Connor, Joey and Sue have helped us improve our office procedures, our responsiveness to our membership and meet our obligations as a National Sport Organization. Our financial accounting and new and improved Finance committee is up and ensuring we improve our fiscal risk management.

    Our major funder SPORT CANADA has required that the SFC commit to align with the Universal Code of Conduct and the Respect in Sport movement. This has added commitment for our volunteers and athletes to take the training and walk the talk of respectful conduct in all aspects of sport. We have contracted a third party to deal with respect and harassment complaints required of us as a National Sport Organization. This should provide athletes, parents, officials and coaches assurance that complaints can be dealt with in a fair manner.

    We have supported our High Performance team members and coaches with their broken up training programs and improved our mental training program and our mental health policies in the process.

    We are still working on a few things: We are trying to improve our connectedness to our Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations; we have a volunteer liaison trying to influence Hamilton bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games to including target shooting sports and we are trying to improve the availability of coaching programs for both community and high performance level coaching. Our year of funding doesn’t end in December and we have work planned through to March to meet our operational goals.

    Please, if you are looking for things to do, think about becoming an SFC volunteer to become a trained coach, official, design and implement our marketing strategy, help out on a committee or just help us proof read our webpage to improve it for our members. Any skills you have to offer would be welcomed.

    Dr. Sandra Honour
    President
    The Shooting Federation of Canada

  • 17 Nov 2020 12:40 PM | Connor Deneka (Administrator)

    The Shooting Federation of Canada is proud to announce the recipients of our 2019 Annual Awards.

    These awards are given in recognition of the achievements and endeavours of our athletes and volunteers in a given year.  For details of each award please check the SFC website.

    These awards are an important part of our sport as we celebrate excellence. 

    The awards and recipients are as follows:

    Female Athlete of the Year:  Lyne Tremblay

    Male Athlete of the Year:  Doug Blessin

    Ernie Sopsich Award:  Aaron Balson

    Eddy Mark Shaske Award:   Guillaume Jacques

    Coach of the Year:  Florin Marinache

    Official of the year:  Dennis Pyle

    The year 2020 has been a very unusual year with the majority of competitions cancelled or put on hold.  With that in mind please consider nominating someone you know who has excelled in our sport in 2020 either as an athlete or a volunteer (coach or official).  

    As members of the shooting community we all strive for excellence. Please take this opportunity to nominate someone deserving for one of our many outstanding awards.

    Nominations for the 2020 SFC Awards will close March 31 2021.

    SFC Awards Committee

    Wynn Payne, Richard Lanning, Susan Nattrass


  • 10 Nov 2020 2:33 PM | Joey Hutton (Administrator)

    Hello Athletes, Coaches and Members of the SFC,

    The Shooting Federation of Canada believes in providing a respectful safe environment for the enjoyment and pursuit of excellence in our sport. We have developed a Mental Health Strategy (MHS) to guide our IST practitioners, coaches, athletes, and support personnel. The MHS includes the steps and parameters needed to ensure the health and safety of the individual in crisis as well as the health and safety of those around them.

    To help us create a robust and clear MHS we joined forces with Susan Cockle, Psychologist and Sport Mental Performance Consultant. Please join us via BlueJeans on November 24th, 2020 @ 6:30 pm for the launch of our Mental Health Strategy.


    Thank you.

    Lisa Deneka,

    VPHP, SFC


    Chers athlètes, entraineurs et membres de la FTC,

    À la Fédération de tir du Canada, nous croyons que notre sport doit se pratiquer dans un environnement sécuritaire afin que tout le monde y trouve du plaisir et que nos athlètes puissent y atteindre leur plein potentiel. Nous avons donc développé une Stratégie de santé mentale (SSM) afin de guider les membres de l’équipe de support intégré (ESI), les entraineurs, les athlètes et le personnel de soutien. La SSM inclue les procédures et les paramètres nécessaire pour s’assurer de la santé et de la sécurité des individus en crise, de même que de celles de ceux qui les entourent.

    Afin de nous aider à créer une SSM claire et solide, nous nous sommes associés avec Susan Cockle, psychologue et consultante en performance mentale. Vous êtes donc tous invités à vous joindre à nous sur BlueJeans le 24 novembre prochain, à 18 h 30, pour le lancement de notre Stratégie de santé mentale.


    Merci !

    Lisa Deneka,

    V.-p. HP, FTC


  • 6 Oct 2020 5:12 PM | Michel Poitras (Administrator)

    If you are using a Scatt to participate, make sure your F-Coefficient value is set to 55 for air events or 45 for all other type of pistol or rifle.

  • 28 Sep 2020 8:47 PM | Michel Poitras (Administrator)
    New virtual championship for rifle, pistol and shotgun shooters. Visit our Coast to Coast Championship web page and we hope you will be able to participate!


    Updates:

    October 2, 2020

    Dear members,

    We’ve had a few questions regarding the Coast to Coast Championship, specifically with regards to score submission.

    At this time, we are all working through a second wave of COVID-19, which will likely result in limited access to, or closure of clubs throughout the country.

    If there is a concern about timing of score submission due to lack of access to your range, please just focus on submitting your scores by the end of the month each month. We have set up the schedule, and hope that most will be able to compete within those dates, however I recognize that we cannot predict what will happen in terms of Municipal, Provincial, or Federal mandates in the coming weeks and months. Your personal comfort levels and safety should be the main priority.

    To ensure your participation is logged and added to the leaderboard, please submit your scores for the month no later than Saturday, October 31st, 2020.

    If there are any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    Yours in Sport,

    Connor Deneka
    Domestic Programs Coordinator
    Shooting Federation of Canada


  • 10 Aug 2020 2:39 PM | Connor Deneka (Administrator)

    Find all final results here for the 2020 All Discipline Community Satellite Events.

    Rifle Results

    Rifle Section Meeting Minutes

    Pistol Results

    Shotgun Results - Skeet & Trap

  • 4 Aug 2020 11:17 AM | Connor Deneka (Administrator)

    REGISTRATION: https://forms.gle/Pewb2CgBKS4m2vb26
    SCORE SUBMISSION: https://forms.gle/M3ADXyY25r5eNZLJA


    With the current situation we are all facing across the country, we would like to invite anyone and everyone who is able to participate in a Community Satellite Event in your discipline.

    We will also be hosting our yearly section meeting that would normally occur at the National Championships at the end of the first day of competition for each discipline (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun). Each meeting will be attended by: 

    • Current Section Chair in each discipline

      • Guillaume Pare [Rifle]

      • Susan Nattrass [Shotgun]

      • Shane Staniek [Pistol]

    • Michel Poitras (VP Domestic and Operations), 

    • Connor Deneka-Burns (Domestic Programs Coordinator), 

    • Susan Verdier (Technical Director), 

    • Joey Hutton (Administrator and High Performance Assistant)

    • Lisa Deneka (VP High Performance)

    • National Team Coach

    A proposed agenda for each Section meeting will be circulated prior to the meeting. We will open the floor to our members to answer any questions you may have during this difficult time.

    Anyone and everyone who has the ability to participate is welcomed and encouraged to do so. Whether you have access to your local club/range, are able to shoot your event in your basement or garage, have access to a SCATT machine, we want EVERYONE to participate. 

    In order to keep some consistency between competitors, we ask that all scores for Air Rifle and 50m Prone Rifle be submitted in decimal as per ISSF rules. If you shoot on paper targets, you can use “Target Scan” on your phone or tablet to get your total in decimal. Scores will be submitted based on the honour system. We believe in the integrity of competition and trust that all competitors will be transparent in the submission of their scores. 

    Links to the Target Scan App:
    iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/targetscan-target-scoring/id448045769?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
    Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gabrowski.targetscan&hl=en_CA

    Rifle

    Air Rifle: 
    Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2020 
    Time: 1 h EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Air-Rifle

    Sporting Rifle Prone & Hunting Rifle Prone:
    Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2020
    Time:1 h EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Sporting-Hunting

    50m Prone:
    Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2020
    Time: 1 h EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Prone

    50m 3 Position Rifle:
    Date: Sunday, August 9th, 2020
    Time: 1 h EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-ISSF-3P

    Sporting Rifle 3 Position 
    Date: Sunday, August 9th, 2020
    Time: 1 h EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Sport-3P


    Rifle Section Meeting
    Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2020
    Time: 3 h 30 EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Rifle-Section

    Pistol

    Air Pistol:
    Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2020
    Time: 1 h EST 
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Air-Pistol

    50m Pistol:
    Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2020
    Time: 1 h EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-50M-Pistol

    25m Rapid Fire:
    Date: Sunday, August 15th, 2020
    Time: 1 h EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Rapid-Pistol

    25m Sport Pistol:
    Date: Sunday, August 16th, 2020
    Time: 1 h EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-25M-Pistol


    Pistol Section Meeting
    Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2020
    Time: 3 h 30 EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Pistol-Section


    Shotgun


    Skeet: 
    Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2020
    First 75 Targets:
    Time: 10:00AM Local Time
    Remaining 50 Targets:
    Time: 1:00PM Local Time
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Skeet


    Skeet Section Meeting
    Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2020
    Time: 6 h 30 EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Shotgun-Section


    Trap:
    Date: Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
    First 75 Targets:
    Time: 10:00AM Local Time
    Remaining 50 Targets:
    Time: 1:00PM Local Time
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Trap


    Trap Section Meeting
    Date: Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
    Time: 8 h EST
    How to join: https://meet.jit.si/SFC-FTC-Shotgun-Section


    Frequently Asked Questions


    Q: How do we submit scores?

    A: All scores must be submitted within 1 hour of your event ending (ex: Women’s Air Pistol scores must be submitted no later than 3:15PM EST) and will be submitted to the SFC using this form:https://forms.gle/VMJbhxkujwGAqPsw7


    Q: Is it mandatory to participate in the virtual meeting prior to the event?

    A: No, this is not mandatory. If you are able to join and say hi prior to your event, that would be great! We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to see people as if we were there together. If you do not have access to an internet connection at your range, or wherever you are shooting, don’t worry about it! You are still welcome to shoot the event and submit your scores.


    Q: How do we use Jitsi Meet?

    A: A bilingual Jitsi Quick Guide was created and can be accessed here:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/17jyjuh6QAQMPIxc97DeE2y8n8En4mMAnQ9vIoUgfhfo/edit?usp=sharing

    If you encounter problems with the sound or video, click on « More actions » to set the video quality. If you don't have High speed Internet, try «Low definition» and if it is not better, go to «Low bandwith» (note that this last setting will automatically disable your camera).

    Q: When will results be posted/winners announced?

    A: Winners for each event will be announced via email to all competitors no later than the Monday after the events. Winners and results will also be posted to the SFC website News Feed.

    Q: Who can attend the Section Meeting?

    A: Any athlete, coach, volunteer, official, etc is welcome to attend. An agenda for the section meetings will be sent out prior to the meeting. The Rifle discipline agenda has already been sent out and can also be found attached again to this email.

    Q: Why are the Shotgun events listed as “local time” when the other disciplines have scheduled start times?
    A: In discussion with the Shotgun Section Chair (Susan Nattrass) we determined this would make the most sense to ensure that athletes from across the country have access to their ranges. The Shotgun discipline is the most limited when it comes to where they can shoot.

    The virtual meeting rooms will remain open for the Shotgun athletes to participate and chat if they wish, but the room will not be monitored the same way as the Pistol and Rifle rooms.

    Q: Will this event count towards classification?

    A: Yes. All scores will be entered by the SFC into the classification document once all events have completed

  • 20 Jul 2020 2:27 PM | Joey Hutton (Administrator)

    The Shooting Federation of Canada will host the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Members on Saturday, September 12th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm ET.  This meeting will be in teleconference format (similar to last year) in an effort to engage all SFC members across the country.
     
    A one (1) hour meeting of the Board of Directors will immediately follow the AMM.
     
    In preparation for the meeting and to nominate individuals standing for the Board of Directors, please find:
     
    2020 Proxy Form
    2020 Nomination Form – Member at Large
    2020 Nomination Form – Provincial/Territorial Representatives
     
    Please note that anyone endorsing and/or submitting a Board nomination must also be a member in good standing of the SFC.
     
    Final details, the Agenda and voting procedures will follow in August.
     

  • 9 Jul 2020 1:42 PM | Joey Hutton (Administrator)

    Hello High Performance Team Members,

    I hope this letter finds you well during this unprecedented time.  So much going on, so much history being made as the world slowly starts turning again.  Please remember to stay safe and adhere to the parameters outlined by your local governments. 

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce a new team member to the High Performance Program.  We have recently contracted Chloe Gagnon as our Mental Performance Consultant.  Chloe is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Masters Degree in Human Kinetics.  She has worked with the Women’s and Men’s National Paralympic Goalball Teams and a variety of provincial Ringette teams.  Prior to receiving her Masters in Human Kinetics, Chloe was a Physical Trainer/Kinesiologist for “Ringfit” and “Ringtech” Programs and a Sport Administrator for Baseball Canada. She is fully bilingual and recognizes the importance of teamwork and collaboration with athletes, coaches and other multidisciplinary staff.

    Chloe will be presenting monthly Mental Performance sessions via BlueJeans (look for her emails, coming soon!) and it is our hope that she becomes a long-term asset for our athletes, building relationships, developing and implementing mental performance strategies, identifying athlete strengths and weaknesses that contribute to or affect performances and exploring innovative approaches to performance enhancement. Chloe will also be working on a one-on-one basis with some of our Next Gen athletes as a pilot program. Please join me in making Chloe feel welcome.

    Finally, please make sure you are taking care of yourself.  Self care during this time is vitally important.  Put your mental, emotional and physical health at the forefront of your daily activities.  Good self care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety.  Take care and we hope to see you on the range soon!

    Lisa Deneka

    VP, High Performance

  • 6 Jul 2020 4:01 PM | Connor Deneka (Administrator)
    Hello,
     
    I am pleased to inform you that the SFC Executive Committee has approved the release of the new classification system for rifle and pistol shooters. The classification policy has been revised to reflect this change.
    Here are the main advantages of this system:
    • Automatically adjusted classification according to the last 3 results in competition
    • Everyone will be able to view the document
    • Only those who have been provided access will have the ability to edit the document
    Classification Policy

    Rifle Classification System (bilingual)
    Pistol Classification System (bilingual)


    The new policy provides for the introduction of a new "Tyro" class for beginners and also gives competition managers a little more flexibility with regard to the classification of shooters who are in their first competition.

    The new system requires a Google Account for everyone who will be allowed to update it. Please note that a Google Account can be created using the existing personal email address (no need to create a Gmail account).
    Online training sessions may be offered to people expressing the need. Please contact Connor Deneka: cdeneka@sfc-ftc.ca for any request regarding this new system.

    Hoping that everything meets your expectations.
     
    Michel Poitras
    Vice President Domestic and Operations
    The Shooting Federation of Canada


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