A local world champion archer takes part in the Irish Archery Championships at Woodville House, near New Ross, in July.
Lynn Ellingworth-based archer ew Ross returned from the IFAA Indoor Archery Europe Championships with an individual silver medal.
Competing in the Adult Female Bowhunter Recurve (BHR) category, she came second, having won gold in 2020, and a BHR team bronze to add to her impressive medal haul of recent years. Thinking of a member of Wexford Archery, Lynn started her archery journey in Tunisia where she took part in a takeaway session while on vacation.
Not having been particularly athletic during her school years, Lynn discovered that she enjoyed sports and vowed to find a place to continue when she returned home. That opportunity came when she saw an archery club during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Ross in 2008 and 2009, realizing she needed to take some time for herself. , she took the plunge and went with two friends. Unfortunately, they couldn’t continue and, although nervous about going alone, she gathered her courage and continued to realize that she could learn at her own pace and that she could do so much. or as little as she wanted.
Another archer who shot well became her role model and showed Lynn that with a little dedication and hard work she could improve her skills and, with a little encouragement, started participating in open shooting at various clubs across the country. Lynn quickly became one of the best in her style and was the one to beat, and began competing internationally where she began to make a name for herself.
Continuing her archery journey, she joined the Irish Archery Federation (IFAF) committee in 2013 as secretary. In 2014 and 2015, she was elected PRO. In 2016, she took on the role of IFAF’s IFAA Delegate, a position she still holds today.
Lynn is also an IFAA Level 1 Instructor and volunteers for the IFAA, while managing to improve and start winning the IFAA and UK Field Archery Championships. United and Ireland, as well as National Field Archery Association (NFAS) shooting in the UK where she has won several championships over the years.
Lynn’s club, Wexford Archery, was established by Eddie Ryan in 2014 under the IFAF umbrella. It is based in the woods at Woodville House on the outskirts of New Ross and over the years has become one of the most technically challenging courses in the country.
The lay of the land allows for tricky shots that catch many archers, including some of Lynn’s friends from Austria, UK, Germany and Denmark who have shot there. Thanks to the good graces of Gerald and Helenthe weekend of Roche, the owners of Woodville House, Wexford Archery, on behalf of the IFAF, will stage the United Kingdom and Ireland Field Archery Championships (UKIFAC) on 9 July.
UKIFAC is an annual competition for archers from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and of course Ireland, postponed from July 2020 due to Covid.
“The club now looks forward to our archery friends, old and new, renewing friendships and trying out their skills on the course. Woodville House is set in fantastic grounds and includes a walled garden, open to visitors in the summer and a secluded pond and garden, an incredible backdrop for Wexford Archery and UKIFAC,” a club spokesperson said.
Looking ahead, Lynn and many club archers across the country will be competing in the European and World Field Archery Championships this summer and hope to make Irish Field Archery proud.