Irish success at the double for archer Laura

Laura McGahey is a double All-Ireland archery champion.
Laura McGahey is a double All-Ireland archery champion.

Archery starlet Laura McGahey has her sights firmly fixed on UK glory after landing double All-Ireland success recently.

The Ballymena Academy pupil travelled to the All Ireland Indoor Championships in Dundalk and returned home a double Irish champion.

Laura, who competes for the Causeway Archers club, won both the Cadet Girls (under 18) event and the Adult Ladies section.

Laura shot 60 arrows to be ranked in the elimination round where she went head-to-head in match-play against her opponents.

Supported by the noisy Causeway cheerleaders, Laura fought her way through the early rounds with some close matches but it would be the finals that would provide the most tension.

Laura came up against a former member of Causeway who now shoots for a club in the Republic of Ireland and the two put on a show watched by all the clubs on the sidelines.

Laura won the cadet final 6-4 and then repeated the outcome in the Senior Ladies final – winning 6-4!

A brilliant result for the young 17 year old archer who heads to the British Indoor Championships in a couple of weeks.

Laura’s success was just one of a number at the same championships for the Causeway Archers, whose membership is drawn from a wide area, including the Ballymena and Antrim areas, right up to the north coast.

Recently, Causeway Archers clinched the ‘Senior Sports Team’ Award at the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council Sports Awards.

Two weeks previously, the Club achieved success in four different section Awards at the Ballymoney Regional Sports Awards.