Archery success continues at Student Nationals

Ian Brennan

Oskars Veide shoots for DCU Archery at the Student Nationals.

DCU Archery had a successful outing at the Student Nationals that were held in University College Cork last weekend.

Individually there were gold medals for Oskars Veide and Niamh Merry in the Recurve Male and Compound Female classes, with a team gold for Compound as well.

Luke Oonan won silver in the compound Male and there were bronze medals for Ryan Kirk in Male Barebow and Tara McMullan in Female Compound. There were also team bronzes for Recurve and Mixed.

Veide spoke to The College View about his success, saying he was really thankful for the support of his team as his form picked up on the second day of competing.

“I was struggling on the first day and placed only 9th after qualification ranking round. Next morning I was able to get into a more positive mindset, and team member encouragement helped me win all the elimination matches,” he said.

The third year Physics with Astronomy student was able to convert all of his preparation thus far into making last weekend an especially good one for him.

“Winning the gold medal was a great reminder of all the hard work I had put into training and a pleasant surprise present for my birthday weekend.”

Oonan, who is in his third year of Physics with Biomedical Sciences, was up against some tough competition in his category.

“I was very proud to have won. UCC always put on a very well run competition and the competitors in my category were all very strong. It is very encouraging to see such good competition between the colleges so close to the Irish nationals.”

The Student Nationals that were hosted by UCC are separate to other competitions through out the year. The scores archers achieve in these competitions carry on from one meet to the next, forming a ranking table in each of the categories.

Oonan currently sits third in the Compound Male rankings for the year with two more competitions left while Veide sits tied on points for fourth place in the Advanced Male Recurve standings.

The club as a team are currently third in the Recurve standings behind UCD and leaders NUIG, and fourth in the Barebow rankings with UCD in third and Maynooth coming in Second behind NUIG again.

They also occupy third in the Mixed rankings, with DIT in second and NUIG again in the lead. They do, however top the Compound table ahead of NUIG and IT Carlow.

The next two rounds are on the mind of Veide, who is expecting great things to happen with the team. For the team, there are still two competitions left in this season for which we are confident that we can achieve great results.”

Veide also has his own ambitions once the College season comes to an end, saying, “I, myself, am concentrating on Irish Indoor Nationals and starting of outdoor season afterwards.”

The Irish Nationals are a priority for Oonan, who is hoping that the fact that DCU are hosting the event will mean an increase in the number of people who take part in the sport.

“The next big competition for us is the Irish nationals which will be taking place in DCU next month. Its great for DCU to be hosting this event and hopefully, it will encourage more and more students to take up archery in the future.”

Ian Brennan

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