After a series of record-breaking achievements this year already, 19-year old Errill archer Darren Wallace has been selected to represent Ireland at the World University Archery Championships in Cordoba, Spain, next month.
Darren, who was awarded a Sports Scholarship in 2011 to NUI Galway where he is studying Earth & Ocean Sciences, is the current Intervarsity Champion and Irish Student League Champion. He also holds Irish records at 18m indoor, 30m and 70m.
In recognition of his achievements, Darren was a recipient of an NUI Galway 2012 Sports Award at a recent ceremony in the University.
Competing abroad is nothing new to the young archer who has shot at World and European Championships in Italy, the USA and France in recent years.
At Sarzana,Italy, in 2010, he reached the quarter-finals of the European Archery Tournament in the Continental Quota for the 2012 Olympics.
Starting the sport at 10 years of age, his talent has been nurtured with top class coaching and he has received support from Laois Sports Partnership in the past. He is now ranked as one of Ireland’s top archers, with selection for the 2016 Olympics a very real possibility.
His trip to Cordoba for the World University Championships is being organised and funded by the Colleges & Universities Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI) and by NUI Galway, whose Elite Sport Development Officer Gary Ryan caters for his needs.
Darren is the elder son of Ivor and Ruth Wallace and the family home is at Monamondra, Errill, just outside Rathdowney.