Bringing the Silverware Home

This time last year, I attended my first Archery IV competition with UCC Archery. It was the final competition of the league and I had felt privileged to have attended and competed in the competition. I remember thinking that I can’t wait til next year when I can go and compete at all the IV competitions.

Now one year later, on the 11th March, the last edition of the IV’s league was hosted by IT Tallaght in DCU sports complex. It has been a whirlwind adventure with many ups and downs over the last year but it ended with quite the achievements.

Over the course of the year, we have attended 5 IV competitions as well as the Nationals and all of this has led to what I consider a more unified club as we have all developed as both individuals and as a team. Each competition has been one bonding experience after another.

From the outset, we have been a force to be reckoned with. In the very first competition, both Carla Reinhardt and Amy Garde came home with winning titles. Carla came 2nd in her division and Amy came 1st in hers. This was only the start of the achievements for the club with both Carla and Amy achieving high at all the competitions. Cormac O’Callaghan and Emily Phipps have also placed highly in their divisions, improving at every competition. In the league results across 3 divisions, we have maintained players within the top 3 positions.

Not only that but every single person that has come along with us to competitions has shown improvement and a drive to do better and to achieve more, even if that is simply beating our own personal bests.

It was fantastic to see such interest from our beginners that we were able to bring so many along and the results that they have achieved is incredible! At every competition they have attended, they have shown how much they are improving and achieving with every new result being better than the last. Their achievements alone are fantastic indicators for next year.

The final competition itself started with a 6:30 am bus journey up to Dublin this time without any side track journeys so we arrived with plenty of time for the competition.

Everyone was in high hopes and good humour for the competition that day. After the 60 arrows, we were mostly all happy with our results. The anticipation of the competition and league results started to settle in as we had to wait for the Irish Student Archery Association AGM was held and the results were calculated. During that time, our very own Thomas Brouder was elected as the chairperson of the ISAA.

Then the results happened! Some certs from 3rd IV in IT Carlow were handed out making us all wait to hear that day’s results and the league results. We were all waiting and hoping as the results were called out.

Carla Reinhardt as she is has been doing for the entire league, came 2nd in her division Beginner Recurve Female in the final IVs competition, this was not her only fantastic result of the day as she had already set a new personal best. Cormac O’Callaghan came 3rd on the day in his division Intermediate Recurve Male.

Then the league results were called out. As we were all hoping Carla topped her league division and came 1st. This was only the beginning, Cormac was also successful and he placed 2nd in his league division. Lastly, Amy Garde came 3rd in her league division, Beginner Bare Bow Female. There was lots of silverware coming back to Cork that evening!

I personally am very proud of every single person that I have competed with this year, even those I was directly competing against. Because at the end of the day we are all one team and all want success for each other. Here is to next year and all the successes that will come from there.