Venue: The Royal Artillery Barracks
Dates: Thursday 30 August – Wednesday 5 September 2012
Medal events: 9
Athletes: 140 (88 men, 52 women)
Although Paralympic Archery was originally developed as a means of rehabilitation and recreation for people with a physical disability, it rapidly evolved into a competitive sport. At London 2012, the Paralympic Archery competition will consist of standing and wheelchair events for individuals and teams, and promises plenty of drama in the historic surroundings of The Royal Artillery Barracks
The object of the sport is simple: to shoot arrows as close to the centre of a target as possible. Paralympic Archery targets are 122 centimetres in diameter, with the gold ring at the centre (worth a maximum 10 points) measuring just 12.2cm. Archers shoot at the target from a distance of 70 metres.
At the Paralympic Games, the individual competitions will be played in a knockout format. Matches will be played over the best of five sets, with each set consisting of three arrows per archer. The winners of each match will qualify for the next round, until the last two archers go head to head in the gold medal match. A knockout format will also be used for the men’s and women’s team competitions, which features teams of three archers competing against each other in a best-of-24-arrows format.
No sport has as great a Paralympic history as Archery. It featured at the first Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948, the direct precursor to the Paralympic Games, and has featured on every Paralympic programme since the first Games in 1960.At London 2012, the Paralympic Archery competition will be held at a truly historic venue: The Royal Artillery Barracks. Its rich heritage dates back to 1716, when a Royal Warrant authorised the formation of two artillery companies at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. The current building was constructed between 1775 and 1802.
- Bowman: An archer.
- Draw: The act of pulling back the bow string in preparation for shooting.
- Nock: A notch at the end of an arrow that rests against the bow string.
You may be able to
sign up for an archery course at your local leisure or outdoor sports centre,
but the best way to learn is to join an accredited club. For details, visit the
website of Archery GB or contact the British
Wheelchair Archery Association, which runs
training weekends. The International
also offers plenty of information about the sport, and you can
learn more about how to get involved on the Parasport website.
The Royal Artillery Barracks will be the venue for Shooting, Paralympic Shooting and Paralympic Archery during the London 2012 Games.
Name: John Cavanagh
Date of birth: 21 July 1956
Country: London, Great Britain
John took up archery after sustaining a spinal cord injury in 1989 and shoots within the category of “W1”, (wheelchair users with upper limb problems). His first international trip with the GB team was in 1995 and his first Paralympic Games was in Sydney 2000. John achieved his first podium when he won the silver medal at the IPC World Championships 2001.John’s greatest achievement was in Athens 2004, when he won the individual gold medal and set a new Paralympic record for an 18-arrow match. John is a 'Team 2012' athlete - being supported on his quest for success at the 2012 Games
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Name: Danielle Brown
Date of birth: 10 April 1988
Country: Great Britain
Danielle started Archery in 2003 at the age of 16, because it is the only sport where all competitors are on equal terms. Within a very short time her presence was being felt by archers of all abilities, as she became the Junior Indoor Champion in 2004 and 2005 and the National Outdoor Champion in 2005. Danielle was the youngest member of the archery squad at the Paralympic Games in 2008, winning gold on her debut.
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