What is Para Archery?
Archery for individuals with disabilities started at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948 for recovering veterans, where veterans participated in the first archery competition as part of a rehabilitation programme. In 1960, Archery then became one of the sports on the programme for the first Paralympics which was held in Rome. Since then, Archery has developed as a sport throughout world both as a competitive and recreational activity.
Who Can Take Part?
People with physical disabilities which do not get worst over time are allowed to compete in Archery. However, as a recreational activity, anyone can get play Archery including individuals with visual impairments.
Within Archery, there is no single classification for individuals with Cerebral Palsy. However, individuals will be assessed on their muscular strength, control within their arms, balance, leg function and whether they can stand up to shoot or whether they need to sit down, either on a stool or in a wheelchair.
As a result, individuals may be classified in an open classification, which is played under standard rules but where individuals have balance problems, or in a wheelchair classification where individuals have more functional difficulties, affecting them in handling and firing the bow.
Responsibility for the rules, regulations and promotion of Para Archery was transferred from the International Paralympic Committee to World Archery in 2009. They still work closely with the IPC and promote Para Archery at world, regional and national levels.