LAOIS Archery Club had the honour of hosting this year’s Irish Field Archery Federation (IFAF) national finals.
The two-day competition, which was held at the end of July, attracted over 100 archers from all over Ireland, Europe and beyond.
The competition was deemed to be a successful event, with several new Irish records set throughout the weekend.
The competitors found the two rounds, 3-D standard on Saturday, and international on Sunday, challenging and enjoyable.
For the Bannon family, it was a family affair, with Pat Bannon, her son Noel and grandson Luke each taking gold in the longbow competition in their respective age groups.
James Delaney from Laois Archery Club said: “We are really pleased with how the weekend went. The course setter Nick Anton worked hard to make sure all the archers were challenged to do their best and the amount of new records set over the weekend shows how well we succeeded.”
Competitor Lynn Ellingworth said: “Congratulations to Laois Archery on a great event. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s nationals, to be hosted by Swan Lake Archery Club in Co Westmeath.”
Laois Archery Club members results: gold medallists and record breakers, Pat Bannon (two Irish records), John Ryan (two Irish records), Michelle Jay (two Irish records), Noel Bannon (Irish record), Luke Bannon (Irish record), Padraig Carroll, Robyn Neylon (two Irish records), Dylan McDonald (two Irish records), Josh Delany, Oliva Reynolds and Maria Malek.
Silver medallists: Ned Cronin, Marcin Malek, Morgan Hyland, Maya Reynolds and Callum Matthews.
Bronze medallists: Noah Dent, Tara Armstrong and Jack Hayden.