Archers hone their skills at com­pe­ti­tion

Bray People - - YOUR WEDDING - MARY FOG­A­RTY

WICKLOW Archers hosted their an­nual fes­tive field archery com­pe­ti­tion re­cently at Dar­gle Val­ley.

This her­alded the end of the big­gest year in the club's his­tory.

Dar­gle Val­ley hosted over a dozen archery com­pe­ti­tions through­out 2012, many of which at­tracted in­ter­na­tional archers.

Field archery dif­fers from tra­di­tional tar­get archer, which can be held in­doors or out­doors on a flat field of play, in that the com­pe­ti­tion fol­lows a course through nat­u­ral, un­du­lat­ing ter­rain.

The course built at En­niskerry, near Pow­er­scourt es­tate, is judged to have a de­gree of dif­fi­culty con­sid­ered world class.

In 2011 a world rank­ing cham­pi­onship was held there.

Although field archery is like ‘pre­tend’ hunt­ing, no archers ever hunt with the bow in Ire­land, where the prac­tice is il­le­gal.

There are over 200 mem­bers in Wicklow Archers.

Many of the mem­bers com­pete at a na­tional level and some of the most skilled who com­pete at an in­ter­na­tional level.

Shay Fitzsi­mons in ac­tion.

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