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Drumquin girl Makenna on target at national archery championships

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Drumquin girl Makenna on target at national archery championships thumbnailMakenna Chadwick, shooting Junior Female Bowhunter recurve, took the first place in her class and set a new UKIFAC field and hunter double course record at the United Kingdom and Ireland Field Archery Championships.

FOYLE Valley Archery Club, in conjunction with Northern Ireland Field Archery Association (NIFAA), had the pleasure of hosting the United Kingdom and Ireland Field Archery Championships (UKIFAC 2017), where competitors from Northern Ireland got to compete with some of the top archers from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Six local archers from Drumquin Archery Club; Simon McKelvey, Stephen Rankin and Richard Campbell, all shooting in the adult male compound, freestyle unlimited and bowhunter categories; Adrian Chadwick, shooting adult male bowhunter recurve; and Connor Curran and Makenna Chadwick, shooting junior male/female bowhunter recurve categories, represented both their club and Northern Ireland.

The competition took place over two championship courses in the splendid grounds of Brook Hall Estate on the banks of the River Foyle. Course A was positioned within an exposed open field containing, inclines and declines of up to 45 degrees whilst course B enjoyed the more sheltered walled gardens of the estate which contained more natural challenges.

Makenna Chadwick, shooting Junior Female Bowhunter recurve (JFBHR), not only took the first place In her class but her score each day managed to set a new UKIFAC field and hunter double course record, which is quite an achievement. Makenna is already preparing for the European Bowhunter championships next year in Germany.

Simon McKelvey was shooting in the Adult Male Freestyle unlimited (AMFU) class. This very competitive category which attracts several professional sponsored archers did not faze Simon who deservedly took third place. Simon's score actually would have placed him second in the professional category.

Connor Curran, a newcomer to the sport, shooting Junior Male Bowhunter recurve (JMBHR), earned a deserved fourth place finish. Richard Campbell put in a very respectable score and ended the championship in sixth position.

Stephen Rankin in a very competitive class finished the weekend in eleventh position, as did Adrian Chadwick. On such a demanding, challenging championship course over the two days it was a credit to all archers completing it.

Anyone interested in archery can contact Drumquin archery club via Facebook or check out the Northern Ireland Field Archery Association at www.nifaa.co.uk

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