Deb Wright of Pemberton Maid Marions was invited to the Royal Toxophilite Society Fletchers Day for Archers with a Disability on 12th May.
Deb won her category of Visual Impaired Recurve, scoring 744 for the Burntwood Albion round. She was awarded a hand made box and pen, made by the previous master of the fletchers, from English Cherry wood.
Funding has been approved this year to help with monthly coaching sessions to be held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium from October through to March.
Deb retained her National Indoor title for Visually Impaired Open Recurve, with British Blind Sport. She has held this title since 2016.
She also defended her National Outdoor title with British Blind Sport in September at lilleshall, having held this since 2015. On the same weekend in September Deb will be competing in the National Disabled Championships at lilleshall, where she placed 2nd in 2018 & 1st place in 2017.
“In April earlier this year I attended the British Blind Sport National Indoor Championships at Lilleshall where I retained my National Indoor title with the British Blind Sport for VI Open recurve. I have held this title since 2016.
In June I also attended the 2nd year of the National Disability Championships at Lilleshall sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Fletchers (who have heavily invested in both sponsorship and promoting disabled archery) where I came 2nd in my Category of VI Open. Last year I came 1st. This is the only event I shoot at, where compound and recurve archers shoot against each other in the same sight categories.
I also attended the British Blind Sport National Outdoor Championships at Lilleshall the 1st weekend in September to defend my National Outdoor title in the VI open category for recurve.
I am pleased to report I retained my National Outdoor title. I have held since i started target archery in 2015.
I am a Visually Impaired Archer who has shot recurve since 2015, I shoot regularly with my club Pemberton Maid Marions and also practise with my local club Archers of Raunds.
It still fills me with happiness every time I pick up my bow, whether it be in practice or competition, and still have the same excitement for the sport as I had on my first taster session.
This sport is accessible to every person and I would urge you to give it a try and maybe find a sport you love, like i do.
May all your arrows fly straight and true.”
This great short film featuring Deb Wright of Pemberton Maid Marions, was funded by Northamptonshire County Council to help with their ‘Get Connected’ campaign targeting social isolation.
Deb’s message is that she hopes the archery world will take up this opportunity to get the message out to all people that the sport of archery is accessible to all of us.
Deb also pre-recorded a piece which aired on BBC radio Northampton to help promote the campaign.
Since the film was produced, Deb has competed at the British Blind Sports National Indoor Championships, where she broke three national records, the WA25, WA18 & Combined FITA.
She also came home with three trophies:
2016 British Blind Sports National Indoor Champion for VI Open First Place
The David Christie Memorial Trophy for best improved handicap (went with handicap rating of 61 and came home with a handicap rating of 50)
Also the 2016 Worcester VI Team Challenge trophy (1 of 3 trophies awarded to Deb and team members John Cunnington and Graham Walker)
This was her first time competing at the Indoor Championships for British Blind Sport, she is now the Indoor and Outdoor VI Open National Champion for British Blind Sports.
Deb also won first place last September at her first British Blind Sports National Outdoor Championship 2015, set a National record for the WA1440/VIIRII and won a second place silver medal the following day for a Long Metric 4.
Congratulations to Deb for all her fantastic achievements.