Spotlight on…UCC Archery
UCC Archery on the rise.
UCC Archery Club was founded in 2010 and has grown exponentially since then. This could be attributed to the lack of entry requirement (no experience needed) and the ‘Sky’s the limit’ attitude from then forward. This year the club had over four hundred sign ups! The club has established itself well in the archery community and hosts the National Student Indoor Competition (NSIC) every year.
The club caters for complete beginners as well as the more seasoned archers, while also offering coaching courses for those that are looking to progress further in the sport both as an archer and a coach. Each year, the Archery club is in a position to send more competitors to Intervarsity events due to the ongoing development of the club.
While preparation for Intervarsity events are key, the club recognise the importance of mixing business and pleasure. A recent competition especially for beginners, had a Halloween theme, with fancy dress strongly encouraged. This followed a social event which provides an opportunity for senior and new club members to get to know each other more.
Last week the archery squad headed to IT Carlow, to the first Intervarsity event of the season. Upon arrival, it was time to get focused despite the nerves, quick equipment checks and it was all system go.
After a slow first set of shooting, captain Daniel Moloney rallied the troops again and had few motivational words to ensure improved performance. The second set flowed a bit more smoothly with almost everyone scoring higher. Fatigue was a slight factor in a drop off in scores during the last couple of ends for all colleges.
After four hours, sixty arrows, and many highs and lows, UCC Archery had placed in quite a few categories. We were competing against fantastic competition from fourteen other colleges from around Ireland so this was a fantastic achievement. Cara Garde (1st year) took first in Recurve Advanced Women, Laura Lynch (2nd year) came second in Recurve Intermediate Women. They – along with Carla Reinhardt (Masters) and Brendan O’Sullivan (PhD) – also came fourth in the Recurve Team category.