FIFTEEN year-old Drumquin Archery Club member, Makenna Chadwick proved equal to Europe’s best archers in her age group when, under testing circumstances, she claimed the bronze medal in the junior female bow-hunter class at the European Indoor Championships in Budapest.
The Drumragh Integrated College pupil went into the event confident of a top 10 finish, but hopeful of earning a medal and she achieved her aims in style against top class opposition, including eventual winner, Scotland’s Mirren Yule who recorded World and European records on her way to victory.
Upon her return home, Makenna’s father Adrian, who was also competing at the tournament, reflected on their Hungarian adventure, saying: “What an experience! Incredibly high standards of competition, lots of new friends made and loads of PR work done as the NIFAA (Northern Ireland Field Archery Association) gets to hold the next one in 2020 here in Northern Ireland.
“Makenna did really well on such a big stage. Out of a team of 11, only one other medal was lifted and after three days of shooting she is exhausted! She did herself proud, and represented Northern Ireland and NIFAA extremely well.
“Big thanks to all the team that gave each other continued support throughout the journey and competition, also, the effort put in at coaching sessions.”
Makenna, who is the reigning UK junior female bow-hunter champion, is back in action again tomorrow at the Northern Ireland Field Archery Association’s Junior Championships, hosted by Seven Towers Archery Club in Ballymena, where she hopes to defend her title.
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