“I am pleased to let you know that I successfully defended both of my outdoor titles in September at Lilleshall and broke my personal bests and own National records.
On Saturday 10th September both Myself and Caroline Malcolmson from WOAC Wellingborough Open Archery Club, attended the National Disabled Championships. We both got our rankings in the morning and shot our head-to-head matches in the afternoon.
Caroline won Silver in her category of Womens Compound and I won Gold in my category of VI Unclassified Recurve (also known as VI Open category).
On Sunday 11th September British Blind Sport held their National Outdoor Championships, we had a delayed start due to very heavy fog, when we first got on the field you could only just see the targets at 30 metres. For range safety, we had to wait an hour for the fog to lift sufficiently so the judges and spotters could see the overshoot area.
I have defended my National Outdoor title successfully with British Blind Sport since 2015, when I obtained this title within my first 7 months of becoming certified as a competent Archer following my beginners course.
I also attended the NCAS County & Open Championships the weekend after on Sunday 18th September where I was presented with a gold medal for the VI Open category. I broke my own national record and personal best from the weekend before.
I have made it my mission this year to continually improve and beat my own personal bests, county, regional and national records and have improved on almost every shot I have attended during this year’s outdoor season.
I have been awarded part funding from the Worshipful Company of Fletchers to attend the British Blind Sport coaching session at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in January and March 2023 and am very grateful to have the continued support of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers to enable me to do this.
I am looking forward to the up coming Indoor season and beating by own personal bests. Development of my archery and continual improvement is so rewarding for me, it helps my mental health a great deal and gives me the drive and determination to tackle all head on.”
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.”