MAKENNA Chadwick prepared for her trip to Arnhem for the European Field Archery Championships in style by winning her third UK title in as many years.
The reigning junior female bowhunter recurve world champion, travelled to Wales with the Northern Ireland team, including her father Adrian, aiming to being an end to her domestic career in the junior ranks by completing her title hat-trick.
Although she missed out on a third consecutive UK course record in the process, she did hold onto her crown before moving into the young adult classes next year.
“Wales was really, really good. It was really tough, one of the toughest we’ve been to,” explained Adrian.
“Every year the standard gets higher and higher and higher and the courses get harder.
“Makenna set the record two years on the trot, but not this year because it was really, really tough and it was really hot on the side of a Welsh mountain – it was very exposed.
“She did really well and it was a great starter for the Europeans.”
Having held onto a slender 23 points lead after day won in Wales, Makenna raced to the title by a whopping 120 points following some excellent shooting on an even tougher course on day two. She beat her dad’s score by over 50 points, too earning her a heft profit as they play for £1 a point during the second day of tournaments!
However, she knows she’s in for a much tougher test in the Netherlands. With the world champion badge on her shirt, the Drumragh Integrated College pupil knows she will be seen as the archer to beat.
That pressure won’t phase the Drumquin Archery Club member, though. She is battled hardened in competition terms, having finished eighth in Germany in difficult conditions last year, after earning a bronze indoors in Budapest before claiming her world title in South Africa.
While winning a medal is her main objective in Arnhem, preferably a gold one, she would also like to achieve a world record.
In South Africa she broke the record for the marked animal round, but it wasn’t ratified due to a target printing error. However, during a simulated round at the centre of excellence in Moira recently, she broke it twice, so would seem to be on-form ahead of the tournament, which has attracted 588 of the best archers in Europe.
Makenna and Adrian will take part in both the opening and closing ceremonies in Holland either side of five grueling days of shooting. After this event, they will begin preprations for the European Indoor Championships, which take place in Lisburn early next year, followed by the World’s in Estonia.