Archery lets you block everything out and you can just concentrate on where the arrow goes. You haven’t got a worry in the world.
Meet military Paralympian and injured ex-serviceman, Mikey Hall representing his country once more following his selection in Archery for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016, with support from Help for Heroes.
Mikey Hall joined the Army in 1995, serving in the 1st The Queen’s Dragoons Guards. In 2000, he was left paralysed from the chest down after an accident during a training exercise.
“I went across a rope bridge but got stuck. I fell off, broke my neck in two places and fractured my spine in seven. That was me paralysed from the chest down.”
A keen sportsman, Mikey knew how much it had influenced his health and happiness in the past so was determined his injury wouldn’t stop him. He joined the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery Programme and got involved with several sports, including cycling and Ironman triathlons.
But from the moment he picked up a bow, Mikey knew archery was the sport for him. He was a natural so Help for Heroes asked him to set up an archery programme at its Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick. The Charity also provided him funding for a bow and arrows.
“Phoenix House Recovery Centre is a lifeline – the facilities, the gym and the staff are fantastic. Doing archery and sport in general keeps me fit physically and mentally. It means you can get on with your life rather than stay stuck in the house burying your head in the sand. You get out, meet new people and start to enjoy life again.”
“Archery lets you block everything out and you can just concentrate on where the arrow goes. You haven’t got a worry in the world.”
Mikey was soon talent spotted and spent 10 days with the British Paralympic Association at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympic Games.
“Sochi and the Paralympic Inspiration Programme was amazing, it was a massive experience. Thanks to Help for Heroes I got to see how a Paralympic Games was run.”
Mikey also competed at Prince Harry’s inaugural Invictus Games back in 2014. Now medalling at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio is his main goal.
“The dream would be to come home with the gold, especially for my family.”
The support provided to Mikey forms part of the Help for Heroes’ partnership with ArcheryGB, The British Paralympic Association and UK Sport to introduce military personnel to Paralympic Sport.
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