THREE members of Drumquin Archery Club picked up a Northern Ireland Field and Hunter Archery Championship each at the weekend.
Father and daughter, Adrian and Makenna Chadwick, and newcomer to the sport, Samantha Harper, each topped the standings in their classes following two days of shooting.
Makenna, who stepped away from the sport for two months to concentrate on her GCSE’s, totalled 521 points after rounds of 276 and 245. That return was particularly impressive given she had only started practising two weeks earlier and it led to her earning a fourth consecutive NI junior female bowhunter recurve title.
Samantha, meanwhile, on her debut at the event, looks to have set a new provincial record in the Cub class after shooting a stunning 327 points on Sunday’s hunter course. She was in inspired form throughout, recording an impressive 299 during Saturday’s field round, which was particularly difficult, to total 626.
“It was a good but hard weekend,” observed Adrian, who won the adult make bowhunter recurve crown with a score of 542 over the two days.
He continued: “Both Makenna and myself thought we’d struggled a wee bit and were 30 or 40 points off par on day one, but everyone had because the course was so difficult.
“Young Sam, she’s only into it in seven or eight months and is developing really well. She’s gone straight into coaching with us and is reacting really positively – she’s really good at listening.
“I believe Sam has set a new NI record on the Sunday – we’re waiting for that to be ratified.”
Now that the NI Championships have ended, Makenna can look forward to a big month ahead.
From July 12-14 she will compete in the UK Championships in Wales where she will be hoping to end her domestic junior female career on a high by claiming not only a third consecutive national crown, but also by making it three national records in a row.
After competing in Neath, she travels to Arnhem in Holland for the European Field Archery Championships (August 2-10) where she will be hoping to add a gold medal to her World title earned in South Africa last year.
Adrian, meanwhile, will also be busy over the next seven months as part of the organising committee for the European Indoor Championships, which will be hosted at the Eikon Centre, Lisburn, early next year when almost 500 archers from across the continent will be in action over four days.