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Simon aims to strike it rich in Las Vegas

Simon McKelvey hopes to be on target in Las Vegas.

A MEMBER of Drumquin Archery Club is taking on his biggest challenge yet when he competes in the NFAA World Archery Festival in Las Vegas this weekend.

Over 4000 of the world’s top archers will descend on Vegas all hoping to strike it rich in landing the top prize of $100, 000.

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Among them is Drumquin member Simon McKelvey who is the current Irish indoor champion.

The competition itself runs from tomorrow (Friday) to Sunday as competitors, many of them professional archers, bid to reach the grand final and a shot at that mega bucks prize.

For McKelvey it’s the challenge of lifetime but one he is relishing.

“I’m shooting in the pro category against the best in the world,” he said.

“My ambitions are to do the best I can, represent Northern Ireland and do everyone proud.

“This is the Super Bowl of archery, it’s the biggest competition in the world with the biggest gathering of archers and it’s the biggest thing I have done in my life.”

McKelvey only picked up a bow for the first time a number of years ago following the formation of Drumquin Archery Club but he has made rapid progress to become on of the top archers in the country.

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He has competed in a number of high-profile competitions in Ireland and the UK and in the process won his fair share of major honours.

The festival in Vegas though is a whole different ball game and McKelvey, who has had to over come a recent shoulder injury, has thanked everyone who has supported him in taking on his greatest ever challenge.

“I’d just like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the past number of months in particular,” he added. “And to my fellow archers for their encouragement and confidence in me.”

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