Archery GB and Help for Heroes have teamed up to search for wounded, injured and sick serving and veteran military athletes who have the potential to win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
No experience is necessary and individuals are encouraged to come along to one of the two day camps held at Help for Heroes’ Recovery Centres across the country on various dates throughout the year.
There will be an opportunity to try archery, perhaps for the first time, to experience elite coaching, obtain classification, as well as guidance on next steps, whether that be at an elite or recreational level.
As well as the opportunity to take part in the sport, participants will be guided through the 360 degree support that Help for Heroes has to offer.
Following the first series of camps, individuals that show potential at performance level will continue with a three phase assessment. If an individual would prefer to continue at a recreational level, there will be opportunity to learn about local clubs and opportunities at a grassroots level via Archery GB’s network of partners. There may even be opportunity to continue the sport at competition level such as at future Invictus Games and Warrior Trials.
Help for Heroes Sports Recovery and Archery GB are working in partnership to ensure that wounded, injured and sick military personnel have access to the best coaching and support on offer. The Target Tokyo programme is streamlining the provision into a seamless pathway, ensuring all individuals are best supported at all levels.
The joint camp forms part of the Help for Heroes partnership with the British Paralympic Association to introduce military personnel to Paralympic Sport and provide them with opportunities to get involved.
Jayne Kavanagh, British Paralympic Association, Athlete Development Manager said:
“Not only is this a fantastic partnership, which will hopefully unearth talented archers with potential to medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, this provides those wounded, injured and sick military personnel an opportunity to use the sport of archery in their recovery journey. Not everyone is destined to be a Paralympic athlete, and that is why the partnership will exist to develop talent where appropriate, whilst also encouraging and supporting others to take up archery on a recreational level.”
Archery GB Performance Director, Sara Symington said:
“Archery GB & Help for Heroes are joining forces to ‘springboard’ the World Class Paralympic Programme into the Tokyo cycle with a targeted talent initiative. As a confirmed 2020 Paralympic sport, Archery GB have already demonstrated a strong track record of accelerating the development of athletes with Paralympic potential, & with the support of Help for Heroes we hope to unearth the next tranche of precocious talent for Tokyo & beyond.”
The first series of camps are scheduled as below:
24 – 25 May Tedworth House, Wiltshire
13 – 14 June Colchester, Essex
1 – 2 August Plymouth, Devon
4 – 5 August Catterick, Yorkshire
Anyone interested in the camps should email Jayne Kavanagh to register their interest before 10 April 2015.
Help for Heroes has been involved with Sports Recovery since 2008, and in the past year alone have offered 300 events across 50 different sports enabling over 2,100 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports from grassroots through to performance level.