Bryan aims for glory

NIAMH AINE RYAN

Published 11/09/2013 | 05:36

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Bryan Buckley from Ardfert who will take part in the All-Ireland Archery Series in Dublin this weekend.

BRYAN Buckley will fly the flag for Kerry at this year's All Ireland Archery Series.

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The Ardfert man is a member of An Ríocht Archery Club since its establishment in January of this year and will compete in the Senior Open Recurve on September 14 in the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Following a series of six two-day rounds, Bryan is currently ranked in eighth place with a score of 59 in his category. The series began in March and the top 16 go forward to compete in the All Ireland, with the archer's best three scores from the six rounds going forward.

"Recurve refers to the type of bow you use, and it is the one most associated with athletic competitions," said Bryan. A Recurve Bow is one which tips curve away from the archer when the bow is strung. This type of bow typically stores more energy and delivers energy more efficiently than a straight-limbed bow. It gives greater amount of energy and speed to the arrow. A Recurve Bow's string touches a section of the limb when the bow is strung which also differs from most bows.

Archery began as just a hobby for Bryan but he decided he wanted to enter into competitions too. Hosted by Archery Ireland, this All Ireland will see Bryan compete against 15 other top archers from the four corners of Ireland.

Dubbed as the 'archery spectacle of the year', Bryan is very excited to represent his club next weekend. An Ríocht Achery Club is based in St Brendan's College in Killarney and Bryan has great pride in representing them in this year's All Ireland Series.

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