DIT Archers Hit Gold
The final Archery Intervarsity of the year was held over the Easter Break in University of Limerick and rounded off a hugely successful year for the DIT Archery Club. Victory brought DIT its first Archery Intervarsity League Title as well as the Male Individual Title for the year. On the day, Ciarán Bolger came second in the Male Individual section while Sinéad Cuthbert also finished second in the Female Individual section, both on the day and for the year, while Gary Coltan completed a successful day for DIT by winning the Beginner section. Triumph was made all the sweeter as DIT equalled the Team Intervarsity record score of 2525 and won by a record margin, with UCD trailing 322 points behind in second place!
This was a year of success and firsts for the Archery Club, winning its first Archery Intervarsity in November in NUI Maynooth and in doing so beating UCD, DCU, GMIT, UL, Carlow IT, NUI Maynooth and NUI Galway in only the club's second year in existence. It was the start of a pattern that was to be repeated again in UCD in February, in DCU and GMIT in March and finally in UL earlier this month. During that period, DIT were victorious in the Male and Female individual sections on no less then three occasions: Noel Farrell, Keith Coltan and Ciarán Bolger each winning an Intervarsity and Sinéad Cuthbert winning the Female section three times. Indeed, had she not been ruled out of the UCD Intervarsity with a shoulder injury, Sinéad would undoubtedly have won the Female Individual section for the year as well. It was also the first time the DIT Archery Club had hosted an Intervarsity event, utilising the DCU Sports Hall and the event itself was a huge success with no less then 54 archers from 8 different colleges competing and bringing a very welcome first place for the organisers. DIT's team this year also included John Donlan, Barry Brophy, David Quigley, Michael Barrett, Carl Ridgeway, David Coleman and Daniel Matthews.
This year's results marked a huge turnaround on last years showing, where the club finished second last in the Intervarsity Team League and failed to win a single event. A large portion of the credit for this year's improvement must go to the Club's coaches and founder members; Sinéad Cuthbert, Ciarán Bolger and Keith Coltan. Credit is also due to Colm Gerety, Michael Whelan and Seamus Byrne for their assistance and support with funding and practice times without which, the Archery Club would never have gotten off the ground or won a single event.
The DIT Archery Club's plans for next year include increasing membership numbers from 83 this year to 100 plus. The club also hopes to compete in international competition in the coming 12 months in the British Indoor University Competition and possibly the World University Archery Championships as part of the Irish Team.