Para-Archery at the Paralympic Games

Para-Archery first game to light in 1948 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to aid recovering veterans, after World War II. The competition has featured in every Paralympic games, since they began back in 1960.

Para-Archery is open to a number of athletes who have a physical impairment, there are currently three different classifications. It is an individual and a team sport, which involves both standing and wheelchair events, open to both men and women.

Athlete’s shoot from a distance of 70m at targets marked with 10 scoring zones. In both the individual and team events the first round ranks the athletes, before the elimination process begins. Athletes/teams go head to head, and in the event of a tie, a shootout decides the winner.

A notable competitor who goes by the name of Danielle Brown has recently made history for herself. After winning her first gold in the individual compound event at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic games, Danielle went on to compete in the 2010 Commonwealth games. Here she made history as the first disabled athlete to represent Team England, and she also won gold. Danielle returned to Para-Archery in the London 2012 Paralympic games to defend her title, where she saw gold again.


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