archer wins UK title as Olympics dream edges closer
young Burnham-On-Sea archery enthusiast is celebrating success after
winning a top national title - taking him a step closer to his dream
of competing in the Olympics.
Darragh Joyce, 12, a student at King Alfred School and a member of the Burnham Company of Archers, took part in the
UK Junior Masters Archery Tournament held in Oxford over
invitation-only event is open to those archers who gained their
Junior Master Bowman classification during the previous year.
event is run along the same lines as the Olympics, in that the archers
first compete in a ranking round.
Darragh's case the target was 40m away and from a total possible
score of 720 he scored 657, ranking him first.
the ranking round the archers then compete in knock-out head-to-head
matches and in these, two archers shoot against each other, each
shooting 3 arrows per end of scoring.
one of them scores more than the other, they are awarded 2 points,
and if they draw they both gain one point.
match is decided by the first to reach 6 points. As Darragh had
ranked first he was awarded a bye into the semi-final.
won his semi-final 7-1 and then the final 6-2 against the number
2 ranked archer.
win means that he has been on the podium in all 6 national outdoor
tournaments that he has competed in over the last three years,"
says father Adam.
this year he will compete in the UK Junior Nationals in July, before
travelling over to Ireland to compete in the Irish Junior Nationals
in September. His goal is to compete at the Olympics."