Four medals for DCU Archers at National Championships

Hugh Farrell

Niamh Merry

DCU hosted its first National Archery Championships on the 24th with four DCU students winning medals.

Niamh Merry won gold in the Female Compound category and Nicølò Zuin Fantønį won Gold in the Instinctive category for DCU.

Meanwhile fellow DCU students Fiachra MacDermott and Oskars Veide won silver and bronze respectively in the Mixed Recurve category with their own club. Fiachra shot with Carmel Malone and Oskars with Sarah Maloney, a DCU alumnus.

Adam Taylor and Mark Sharvin were also at the event, both DCU alumni with Adam winning Bronze in Male Recurve and Mark winning Gold in the Male Compound.

Merry also achieved 145 points out of 150 in the Head to Heads which is an Irish Record for Compound Women with the previous record being set at 141.

Merry was happy with her performance and the event saying, “I got to shoot against a really experienced archer in my final match and was really pleased to have only missed out on 1st place by one point. It was a really close match and we were tied for most of it.

“Overall, I’m really happy with how it went for me and it was also a great opportunity for the whole club to get to experience a non-student competition.

“The atmosphere is totally different than that of an IV, and being held in our own hall meant that a lot of our club members had the opportunity to experience that.”

DCU Archery PRO Santiago de Arribas de Renedo also said of the event that Philip Early was primarily responsible for getting DCU chosen as the location for the competition.

“He helped with organising everything and was Head Judge on the day. Oskars Veide also played a major role in helping organise the event and in collaborating with Archery Ireland.”

MacDermott also said, “I think the weekend went decently for myself. I would have liked a better qualification but my head to head shooting was good and I was happy even though I was knocked out a little early.

“The person I lost to was having an amazing day and it was a very close match with both of us shooting very high scores. I did get silver in the mixed team category which was really enjoyable and again the standard of both my team and the winning team was very high in the finals.”

A special word of thanks was also given to Mark Higgins and Tyrone Kearns who were responsible for Ianseo and getting scores up as soon as possible and Fergal Smyth and Jack Caffrey from the Sports Complex for helping out as well.

Hugh Farrell

Image Credit: DCU Archery