FIVE members of Drumquin Archery Club excelled at the Northern Ireland Indoor Championships, hosted by the Craigavon Club on behalf of the Northern Ireland Field Archery Association (NIFAA).
These championships attracted seventy of the very best archers from across the province and competitors had to submit four validated scores from four previous competitions to enter the 60 arrow championship.
Adrian Chadwick entered the day eight points adrift of fellow Drumquin Archery Club member Richards Campbell after their 240 arrow previous meetings. Adrian fought back, though, taking the gold by two points and setting a new Northern Ireland record in the Adult Male Bow Hunter Recurve (AMBHR) class.
Simon McKelvey shot another perfect round, taking gold with a maximum score of 300 in his first indoor championship as Professional Male Freestyle Unlimited (PMFU).
Samantha Harper, who only took up archery several months ago, recorded a fantastic score of 233/300 in what was her first major competition, earning her a deserved gold and also a new Northern Ireland record in the Cub Female Bow Hunter Recurve (CFBHR) class.
Reigning junior female world champion, Makenna Chadwick, shooting Junior Female Bow Hunter Recurve (JFBHR) also took gold, and also set a new Northern Ireland record. Makenna comes off the back of an amazing 2018 for Northern Irish archery, earning a bronze medal at the European Indoor Archery Championships in Budapest and coming ninth at the European Bow Hunter Championships in Germany, before winning gold at the gruelling World Field Archery Championships in South Africa last October. She also broke a world record on the third day of shooting, which had stood since 2010. Unfortunately it could not be ratified due to a print error on the targets used on the day.
Currently, Samantha and Makenna are taking part in an International Mail Match.
This competition is run world-wide over three indoor shooting sessions supervised at their own club and run to IFAA rules.
Both girls have just submitted their final scores and are awaiting the results.