Not for Profit: Virgin Islands Archery Federation


William Coles, president of the Virgin Islands Archery Federation, said there is a growing local interest in the sport of archery. But, for the sport to grow the federation needs archery instructors and archery range officers.

“To provide the opportunity for more people the federation is actively looking for instructors and range officers,” Coles said.

Two seminars will be held for people interested in becoming involved with the Virgin Islands Archery Program. The seminars will be held on St. Thomas beginning Aug. 1. The courses are: Archery Instructor, a seven-day course; and Archery Range Officer, a one-day course.

Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification is for people interested in teaching archery to youth or adults. The course will cover equipment and how to teach basic shooting techniques.

Archery Range Certification is for archers, instructors, parents or judges. The focus of this course is range safety, setup and conduct. It is mandatory that a certified range officer be present whenever VIAF archery equipment is used.

The instructor will be Ruth Rowe, World Archery certified coach, Pan American champion and Olympian. All necessary equipment for the course will be provided. Those interested can get more information on fees or enroll in the course by sending an email to

The VIAF was founded by Coles and Anne Abernathy in 2012 to encourage lifelong participation in and enjoyment of the sport of archery from the beginner, recreational, and sport levels through the elite and Olympic levels. The VIAF strives to encourage, develop, organize, and promote archery as a sport throughout the Virgin Islands, making the sport of archery accessible to everyone as well as to raise the level of competition of athletes to the elite level.


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