Para-Archery is a test of accuracy, strength and concentration and is open to athletes with a physical disability (including spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputee and other) in two functional classes (W1 and Open) catering for Recurve and Compound disciplines.
The international governing body for Para Archery is World Archery, which manages this archery discipline working with the International Paralympic Committee. All shooting rules follow the World Archery Shooting Rules in conjunction with Para Archery Rules and are generally aligned.
World Archery conducts Para Archery World Championships and the Paralympic Games. Within Australia, Para-classified athletes can generally participate in all archery competitions, although equipment and rules can be modified for Para athletes.
Competitors in Para archery shoot the same rounds, distances and events as other athletes.
Para Archery has a unique place in rehabilitation medicine - it was the first sport introduced to disabled veterans after World War II at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the UK, as part of a patient rehabilitation program. Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a neurologist established a program where physical activity and organised sports were used as a therapy for building physical strength and self-respect.
In 1948, disabled athletes competed in the first Stoke Mandeville Games. These games were run in parallel with the Olympic Games and by 1960 grew to become the Paralympic Games.
Australia was represented in Para archery at the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960 with Ross Sutton winning gold and Daphne Ceeney winning silver. Australia has won medals at subsequent Paralympic Games. At the most recent Rio Paralympic Games, Australia is represented by Jonathon Milne in the male Open Compound Division.
To compete as a para-archer, athletes must be classified to determine their level of ability and to enable them to be accurately classified into one of the recognised classes. Classification at the national level is conducted by a panel just prior to the annual National Para Championships. Before competing at international level, athletes must be classified by an international panel of classifiers. The classifiers will allocate the class to the athlete and issue a classification card showing the class and the assistive devices the athlete is allowed to use.
Archery Australia offers Para-Archery competition at National Championships and encourages RGBs and Clubs conducting tournaments to also offer these events.
More Information See World Archery Para Website CLICK HERE