Dublin City University Archery Club fortified their status as one of the most prominent clubs on the university circuit, securing three podium finishes on home soil.
Twenty archers represented DCU in the intervarsity event with there being a mix of advanced archers and beginners competing at the first competition on the Irish Student Archery Association League circuit.
In all over two hundred people took part in the event, each given 60 arrows, with 600 being the highest possible score.
DCU archers compete in different categories, each category being represented by its own team: Recurve, Barebow and Compound, with the only variance being the shooting style.
Student and Public Relations Officer for the DCU Archery Club, Kealan O’Connor claimed second place in the Recurve Intermediate Men’s category.
Speaking to The College View about his feat, O’Connor was pragmatic and looking to build on what he hopes will be a successful season.
“My performance was definitely not to my usual standard. It’s nice to take second place for the club but I’m capable of doing much better. My goal is to be finishing at the top whenever I can,” he said.
Having started off the season promisingly with a score of 521 at the Trinity Open, O’Connor finished on a score of 478 at intervarsities which he feels could be improved: “It would have been a decent score for me last year but it’s no longer where my standard should be,” he said.
The challenge of organising an event can take its toll and O’Connor felt that played its part in his performance. “Trying to organise and run a competition for over 200 people and also compete at the same time is easier said than done and the mental fatigue caused me to make too many mistakes,” he said.
However, O’Connor elected to look to the future and aimed to prevent such matters from hindering him again, saying: “It has given me an opportunity to reflect on the experience and I will be putting in more mental training in order to prevent this issue in the future.”
While competing in the men’s intermediate category, O’Connor harbours intentions of making the step up.
“I know that I have the potential to be competing with the top archers in the advanced category and the experience and training that I gain over the course of this year will hopefully bring me closer to them,” he said.
“Finishing with a good result whenever I can, is just one step on my way to that goal,” he added.
Elsewhere, DCU students Oskars Veide and Tara McMullan claimed third place in both the Recurve Advanced Men’s category and Women’s Compound category respectively.
The second intervarsity event of the season is due to take place in Institute of Technology Carlow. Fourteen archers from DCU Archery Club will take part from the Recurve, Barebow and Compound teams and they will be looking to build on their strong opening.
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