Gold target hit by DCU Archers in Cork

Aoife Breslin

DCU Archery club were once again on top of their game as they were the winners of four medals, made up of two gold and two silver at the Student National Championships.Niall O’Hanlon and Tara McMullan both were victorious at the National Championships as O’Hanlon placed first in the barebow class, whilst McMullan placed first in the compound women’s class.

DCU’s Archery teams were also on the podium with the recurve team and compound team of archers, both placing second in the competition. For many of the beginner Archers, it was their first competition with DCU.

The National Championships was held in UCC with hundreds of Archers from Universities all around Ireland taking part. Even with the wide range of Archers taking part, DCU came out on top in four events on the day.

Archery chairperson Hasmik Grigoryan spoke to The College View about the club’s success saying, that the range of archers was huge at the Nationals, ranging from professionals to beginners, making the competition difficult.

“We went very well. The competition in Cork was good practice, both as shooters and for experience but also by watching others shoot,” said Grigoryan.

DCU Archers Karen Clarke and Kealan O’Connor were also happy with their scores as they both received new personal bests in their heat. Clarke went from a score of 385 to 461 whilst O’Connor went from a score of 521 to 529.

Grigoryan also took part in the Nationals. This was the first time she participated at intermediate level, before this Hasmik was competing in the beginner’s category.

“It was very exciting for me because it was the first time I shot in an intermediate competition. Previously I was a beginner, so it was a 40cm target and now it was free spot target, so it was new for me,” Grigoryan said.

Unfortunately, the Law and Government student from Armenia did not place but was still happy with her score of 306, as she and only had three days to practice for the competition as she was in her home country.

“I think I could do better but for me it was still good because I only practiced three days before the competition,” the Armenian native said.

DCU Archery club are now in preparation for the GMIT IV that will be held in Galway this weekend. Hasmik said DCU Archery Club are training hard for this competition and how she is “trying to improve” before the competition.

“It’s thanks to my couches and teammates that I manage to improve and get better,” Grigoryan told the College View.

Aoife Breslin

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