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Blind veteran wins award for blind archery prowess

Date
19 March 2014 17:21

Peter Price, a blind veteran, has been commended for the drive and determination he has shown in learning the sport of blind archery and passing on his skills to others with disabilities.

Peter Price discovered his talent for blind archery through Blind Veterans UK, we have supported him with his battle against sight loss since 2010. Peter has broken and holds several records at both a club and national level, including the record for the first archer to score over 500 on a 6 dozen arrow indoor round using a tactile sighting device.

Peter, who lives in Peterborough, was praised for the determination and application he has shown for the sport at the charity's recent Founder's Day Awards ceremony, which acknowledges those of its blind veterans who "embody a level of determination to find their way to that goal of greater independence".

Born in Northamptonshire in 1948, Peter joined the Army in 1964, serving in the Middle East, Germany and Northern Ireland. Discharged in 1972, it was not until many years later that he lost his sight to an inheritable eye condition called cone dystrophy, which results in increasingly poor vision.

As an ex Service man with sight loss, Peter was able to sign up for the help of Blind Veterans UK and joined the Archery Club soon after becoming a beneficiary. He has spoken about how his focus on the sport has helped him enormously, both mentally and emotionally, bringing a lot of positivity back to his life. Peter has embarked on a programme of physical training so that he can improve his performance and it was for his outstanding commitment, drive and determination to blind archery that he received the Sportsman of the Year award.

Peter says: "Winning a Blind Veterans UK Founder's Day Award was a total shock to me. I felt very emotional and privileged to have been acknowledged by the charity in this way.

"Archery has given me a lot more confidence. I have really immersed myself in it over time and my success at it has given me the determination to go and try other things too, such as Boccia [a Paralympic game for individuals or teams, the aim of which is to throw a leather ball as close as possible to a white target ball or jack]. I am now a training to be a Boccia teacher, so that I can pass on what I have learnt to others, and I am also a committee member in the Peterborough Disability Sports Forum through which I coach disabled archery. I know that I wouldn't have come this far if it had not been for the support of Blind Veterans UK".

If you know someone could might be eligible for our support, or if you're an ex Service man or woman experiencing sight loss, please call freephone 0800 389 7979 or vist www.noonealone.org.uk today.