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Local archer crowned Irish indoor champion

Simon McKelvey on his way to claiming the Irish indoor title

EAGLE-eyed local archer Simon McKelvey was crowned a double Irish champion at the weekend.

The Drumquin Archery Club member captured the Irish National Indoor Championship in Dublin as well as linking up with his Ulster Archers team-mates John Cairns and Paul McClelland to clinch the team honour.

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That success was the climax to a wonderful weekend for Simon, who had attended Friday evening’s Ulster Herald Sports Awards as one the 2016 monthly winners.

By the look of things 2017 is shaping up to be another phenomenal year for the Killen man, who said Sunday’s success was his greatest achievement to date.

“I suppose that makes me the best in Ireland,” joked Simon.

“It certainly rates as my best achievement. It was certainly the hardest and largest competition I had taken part in. I was extremely nervous but came good when it mattered most.”

Back in November Simon competed in the Irish Open but, after qualifyng comfortably, by his own admission nerves got the better of him when it came to the head-to-head knockout competition.

For Simon that was a lesson well learned. On Sunday morning the Drumquin club member qualified No1 seed with a score of 581 out of 600.

In the semi-final McKelvey defeated Eamonn Rogers, who went on to secure bronze, before getting the better of Daniel Foley in the final showdown, 148-143.

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That 148 was just a point off the new Irish record which had been set earlier in the competition.

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