"A sport of accuracy, precision and concentration..."
An ancient sport of kings and queens, more recently made famous by the films Robin Hood and Lord of the Rings, Archery has been part of the Paralympic programme since 1960. It is practised in more than 54 countries worldwide.
A sport of accuracy, precision and concentration, Archery is open to male and female competitors with a physical impairment.
Competitors are grouped into three classifications for competition, standing, and two wheelchair categories: Wheelchair One (W1) includes athletes with an impairment in all four limbs; and Wheelchair Two (W2), for archers with limited mobility in their lower limbs. While Archery for athletes with a visual impairment or learning disability is not currently included in the Paralympic Games programme, the discipline is growing in the UK.
At the Paralympic Games archers shoot at a 122cm target set at a distance of 70m.
There are qualifying rounds followed by an elimination round, culminating in a final round of eight archers.
Paralympic disciplines comprise of Compound and Recurve bows. There are also separate individual and team competitions for men and women.
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History of Archery
History of Archery
In the UK, the body governing the sport is called ArcheryGB and was founded in 1861 as the Grand National Archery Society.
Archery is an Olympic and Paralympic sport and was represented as early as 1900 at the Paris Olympics.
In 1948 Archery was the sport chosen to inaugurate the first International Games for those athlete's with an impairment at Stoke Mandeville and has been a Paralympic sport since the first official Games in Rome in 1960.
The sport reached a new pinnacle 44 years later when Paralympian, Antonio Rebollo, ignited both the Olympic and Paralympic flames in Barcelona with a fire arrow.
National Governing Body
ArcheryGB is the governing body for the sport of Archery in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Society serves nine Regional Societies.
Archery has over a 100 member nations throughout the world, which are represented by the Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc (F.I.T.A), which is the international governing body for the sport.
Men, women and juniors from all sections of the community are encouraged to participate at all levels in the sport: participating, administering, coaching, judging, competing and representing Great Britain at International events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games.