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Stoke Mandeville Stadium is hosting an International Archery Event this month where the British Wheelchair Archery Association will compete against 14 countries in a bid to win gold at the Paralympic themed event, starting from 25th June.
The week long competition will see 15 countries, including Mexico, USA and Hong Kong, compete for a gold medal through a series of different
competitions. The archers are aged between 16-60 years old.
The competition compromises of a ranking round, which consists of 72 arrows propelled at 70 metres followed by the elimination rounds. The archers will then shoot 12 arrows against their partner until only four countries remain standing.
The ranking round seeds the archers and they then shoot matches against each other in sets of 3 arrows with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. The first archer to reach 6 points is the winner and progresses to the next round, and this continues through to the semi-finals. The winners of these go on to the gold final while the losers shoot for the bronze.
Pauline Betteridge, Chairman of the British Wheelchair Archery Association, said: “We are delighted that in this Paralympic year we have received such huge interest and have so many countries taking part. The format of the competition is exactly the same for those competing in the London 2012 Games this summer. The event will provide a perfect opportunity for the community to get involved in some sporting fun.”
Ian Seabrook, Business Development Manager at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, said: “Paralympic Archery was one of the events at the first Paralympic Games and has been an integral sport at Stoke Mandeville Stadium since the very early days of the venue. The week promises to be a huge success and we hope to see as many people as possible there to support their archers.”
Stoke Mandeville Stadium regularly holds training weekends run by the British Wheelchair Archery Association for those interested in getting involved with the sport. For more information please contact the team directly on: 01296 484848 or visit the website: www.stokemandevillestadium.co.uk.