Blind veterans archery team defeat local team from Thorpe Hamlet

21 November 2014 14:15

An archery competition between a team of blind veterans representing Blind Veterans UK and Thorpe Hamlet Archery Club took place last weekend (15-16 November).

Blind Veterans UK Bowmen, the visually-impaired archery team that represent the national charity, supporting ex-Service men and women with sight loss, were invited to take part in the competition by Thorpe Hamlet and local Norwich business, Clickers Archery.

The competition continues a long relationship between the two clubs that stretches back more than ten years.

The hotly contested match between the teams ended in an extremely narrow victory for the Bowmen - 8915 points to 8845.   

David Poyner, chairman of the Blind Veterans UK Bowmen and a vision-impaired veteran who receives support from the charity, said: "It really was a close match which shows that visually-impaired archers can compete and win against able-bodied opponents. 

"We've arranged this archery shoot for a few years now and I look forward to welcoming Graham and the team from Thorpe Hamlet down to Brighton, where we're based, for the return fixture.

"I have always been a competitive person and, since being supported by Blind Veterans UK and being introduced to vision impaired archery, I've been able to keep that competitive edge."

Graham Harris, of Thorpe Hamlet Archery Club and owner of Clickers Archery, added: "Thorpe Hamlet began working with our first visually-impaired archer more than ten years ago.  I was already aware of the brilliant work David and Blind Veterans UK were doing with the sport so got in touch with them straight away.

"We're very proud that Thorpe Hamlet was the first ever mainstream archery club to shoot handicapped matches against Blind Veterans UK Bowmen."

David Poyner has been leading a ten year quest to get visually-impaired archery recognised as a Paralympic event. He added: "After a long struggle, we hope to be competing in 2020."

To find out more about how Blind Veterans UK helps veterans discover life beyond sight loss, visit the how we help section of our website.

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