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Edenderry siblings take bronze at European Bowhunter Championships

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Edenderry siblings take bronze at European Bowhunter Championships thumbnailCorey and Olivia Eady with World Bowhunter Championships medals from Italy last year.TT29750

Archery Siblings Gerard Eady and Olivia Eady from Edenderry took bronze in the European Bowhunter Championships in Kurort ,Oberwiesental in Germany recently.
The siblings were part of 38 members of the Irish Field Archery Federation to compete in the Erzgebirge region of Germany and in the surrounding countryside of Bozi Dar in the Czech Republic. It was Ireland's biggest haul to date , taking home 6 medals. All 5 members of the Eady family competed over the four days.
Olivia took 3rd place last year in the World Bowhunter Championships in Italy whilst her twin Corey took 2nd place.
The European Bow Hunter Championships took place over 4 days with gruelling heat for the first three days , hiking between 8-14kms per day on mountainous terrain. Day 4 the weather abruptly changed to torrential rain and freezing conditions.
This is Olivia's second medal for Ireland and at such a young age , she has an amazing future after breaking multiple Irish Records. She also won the U.K. and Ireland Field Archery Championships in Derry last year and broke and set new records there. She's just back from Scotland after winning this year's U.K. and Ireland Championships last weekend and breaking records both days.
Gerard, 17, battled his way to 3rd place against some extremely tough competition. It was Gerard's first time competing abroad in Barebow Recurve and he has been training really hard with his coach in preparation for it. With a bronze European medal in the bag, his future is really bright. Gerard is just back from Scotland last weekend after taking 1st place and breaking new records both days. Corey finished 2nd last weekend.
All three Eady siblings Gerard, Corey and Olivia now hold World or European medals and are considered among the best Juniors in Europe , which is an amazing achievement.
The Eady family compete most weekends up and down the country with all five including Mum and Dad (Sharon & Tony) competing for Ireland in Field Archery. Field Archery is a great family activity and a great way to socialize. For more info contact www.ifaf.ie.

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