"Andrew West began Kyudo when he was about 21 years old. He was always dedicated in his study and in learning the bow. Four years into his study he became part of the Georgia Kyudo Renmei teaching team, bringing his own gentleness, strength and humor into his teaching. In his 6th - 7th year of study he passed to Godan ranking. Then he went on to become president of Georgia Kyudo Renmei. His contribution to kyudo was an excellent attitude to learn and the ability and interest to help others, which he did in many ways. His early death prevented many from knowing this kind and dedicated archer. However in being chosen for this award, his spirit of caring and of exactitude in the way of the bow live on in each archer who received this gift."
I want to thank the AKR and all its members for the welcome and kindness they showed us in Northfield, Minnesota. It was an honor participating and witnessing such a well organized event and meeting so many great people.
This award is a testament to the dedication and effort that Mie and Yukiko have put into our dojo. I am truly humbled to receive this recognition and will continue working hard to develop in Kyudo and contribute to it's growth in Canada.