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Archery is often named as the original Paralympic sport. Born at the Stoke Mandeville hospital in 1948, the original Paralympic archery was a precursor to the Paralympic Games.

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What is Paralympic Archery?


Archery is considered the original Paralympic sport. Back in 1948, when London last hosted the Olympic Games, a doctor at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital organised an archery competition for 16 Second World War army veterans: this annual event - the precursor to the Paralympic Games - grew and soon became an international competition featuring more and more sports.


Who won Paralympic Archery gold in Beijing in 2008?


There were six Archery events at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, with nine separate gold medals. China were top of the medals table, with two golds, three silvers and two golds. The individual medals were:

Individual compound open: John Stubbs (Great Britain)
Individual compound W1: David Drahonisky (Czech Republic)
Individual recurve standing: Baatarjav Dambadondog (Mongolia)
Individual recurve W1/W2: Cheng Changjie (China) Team recurve: Jung, Young-Joo, Lee Hong-Gu, Yoon Young-Bae (South Korea)

Individual compound open: Danielle Brown (Great Britain)
Individual recurve standing: Lee Hwa-Sook (South Korea)
Individual recurve W1/W2: Gizem Girismen (Turkey)
Team recurve: Fu Hongzhi, Goa Fangxia, Ziao Yanhong (China)


Do ParalympicsGB have a chance of medals in 2012?


Great Britain has excelled at Archery in recent Paralympic Games, topping the medal table in Athens in 2004 and coming second in Beijing four years ago. Danielle Brown and John Stubbs MBE are the ones to watch. Brown, the first English Paralympian to compete at an able-bodied Commonwealth event where she won gold, also claimed the top spot in the women's Open Compound on her Paralympic debut in Beijing. Stubbs, who earned his MBE for services to disabled sport and archery, won gold in the men's Open Compound - the inaugural games for compound archery - breaking the world record in the process. ParalympicsGB have secured 13 places at this year's Games, their best ever representation in the sport.


Where will Paralympic archery take place?


The London 2012 Paralympic Archery competition will be played at the Royal Artillery Barracks in the River Zone from Thursday 30th August to Wednesday 5th September. Hosting the Olympic Shooting events one month earlier, the south-east London venue is steeped in military history and is close to Woolwich Common and Greenwich Park. For nearby hotels, take a look at the hotel deals service - also check out our handy Paralympic Map to get a better understanding of where the action is taking place.


When is the Paralympic Archery?


The Paralympic Archery competition takes place between Thursday 30th August and Wednesday 5th September. The first four days of the competition are for preliminaries, with the medal events taking place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th September. See our Paralympics Day-by-Day Guide for the full schedule of events.


How do I get to Paralympic archery at the Royal Artillery Barracks?


The Royal Artillery Barracks is located in Woolwich in South London, just south of the River Thames. It is accessible via Woolwich Arsenal station, serviced by DLR and National Rail. For those who wish to take a more scenic route, Woolwich Arsenal Pier is within walking distance of the Barracks and river services will provide links with central London.


How do I get tickets to the Paralympic Archery?


Tickets can be purchased from More than 2.1 million of the 2.5 million available tickets have already been sold - organisers are claiming this could be the first Paralympics to sell out in the 52 year history of the Games. Twitter users could start following @2012TicketAlert, an unofficial feed set up during the Olympics which runs a check on the official site every three minutes and tweets every time a ticket becomes available.


What are the disability divisions for Paralympic archery?


Archers are divided into three functional classes. The standing class (ST1) is for athletes with no loss of function in their arms but with some degree of loss of muscle strength, co-ordination and/or joint mobility in their legs. Impairment groups include athletes who are amputees, athletes with cerebral palsy and athletes classified as 'les autres' (French for 'the others' - a term used to describe athletes with a rage of conditions that result in locomotive disorders). Archers in this class may choose to compete sitting on a stool or chair with their feet on the ground or standing.  

There is also a W1 class for athletes who have tetraplegia or a comparable impairment. These athletes have a limited range of movement, strength and control in their arms and legs and they compete in a wheelchair. Archers in the W2 class have paraplegia or a comparable impairment - they have limited mobility in the lower limbs but they have full arm function. These athletes usually require a wheelchair for everyday use and compete in a wheelchair.


When did archery first appear in the Paralympics?


Archery made its Paralympic debut in Rome in 1960 and has been at the heart of the Paralympics since. ParalympicsGB completely swept the board in Italy and came home with a haul of 10 medals, including gold for Margaret Maughan in the Women's Columbia round.      





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