Stuart Rodgers from Louth and District Disabled Archery Club won his first ever gold medal at a competition last weekend.
The 4th Deer Park Para-Archery WA18 Inclusion Shoot was held in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on Sunday 5th February.
This was the second time Stuart, who is blind, and his coach and spotter Rick Smith had been to the world record status competition.
As this was Stuart’s second appearance at this competition he set his goal to better his score of last year.
He started well, passing his previous year’s score by the end of the fourth set. Although spotter Rick knew not to tell him until the end of the competition!
With Rick giving him words of encouragement between sets to keep him calm and concentrating, Stuart was soon at the top of the table. And that’s where he stayed, scooping the top prize at the end of the competition!
Stuart and his fellow competitors had to shoot five dozen arrows in sets of three arrows over a two minute period at a 60cm target from a distance of 18 meters.
As a blind archer, Stuart was allowed to stand on the shooting line prior to the start signals. Sighted and visually impaired archers had to advance from the waiting line 10 metres back when starting signals were sounded.
Stuart and Rick are overjoyed at Stuart’s success… but unfortunately the winner’s trophy has to remain with the club after photography!