PyeongChang 2018 Logo
Now
Days
to go
hero image

News









News

Paralympic archers target success in Rio

{news_image_alt_text}
on 21-06-2016 09:10

The ParalympicsGB team set their sights firmly on Rio today. Meet the 10 archers who will compete this summer in the iconic Sambodromo. 

The archery team will include John Stubbs, already a two-time Paralympian and Beijing 2008 gold medallist, and John Cavanagh, who has competed at every Games since Sydney in 2000. 

“Rio 2016 will be my third Games and I feel just as proud today as I did when I was selected to represent ParalympicsGB for the first time in Beijing." John Stubbs

John Stubbs said today:“Rio 2016 will be my third Games and I feel just as proud today as I did when I was selected to represent ParalympicsGB for the first time in Beijing. 

“Going to the Paralympics is the biggest honour an athlete can achieve and I really hope to do the nation proud again as the team did at London 2012. 

Also selected is Mikey Hall, an Army veteran whose achievements in archery began when he won individual bronze and team gold at the prestigious Invictus Games in 2014. The ex-serviceman who is supported by Help for Heroes’ Sports Recovery programme and who has been part of the BPA and Help for Heroes’ joint Front Line to Start Line, has been competing internationally since 2015.

"I can’t wait now to get to Rio and experience my first Games.” Mikey Hall

Mikey Hall said today: “I am incredibly proud to be selected today, it is such an honour to be able to represent my country and to do so at the highest level in sport is just amazing. 

“I have had an absolute rollercoaster last few years, with such highs and lows. There was a time when I didn’t know what I wanted to do next but sport and archery has really helped me, and I can’t wait now to get to Rio and experience my first Games.”

Making his debut in the team is former professional rugby player Nathan Macqueen. Macqueen played for Glasgow Warriors and was part of the Scottish archery team before a motorbike accident. A keen sportsman, Nathan competed in wheelchair basketball and powerlifting up to national level before returning to archery.

Macqueen said: “There is nothing more than I could want at this moment in time! 

"I watched London 2012 and saw how fantastic the British public were in supporting the ParalympicsGB team so I hope that they can support us again and supercharge us to Rio.” Nathan Macqueen

“I have committed so much to sport in the last few years and selection today really makes it all worthwhile. I watched London 2012 and saw how fantastic the British public were in supporting the ParalympicsGB team so I hope that they can support us again and supercharge us to Rio.”

Penny Briscoe, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB said, “I am very proud to be announcing that these 10 archers are selected to ParalympicsGB for Rio 2016. The competition within the para-archery squad is fierce and so I have every confidence that these athletes have had to work incredibly hard to get here today. 

“I would like to pay tribute to all the work done at Archery GB by the support team and I look forward to seeing them in action in Rio this summer.”

Hilda Gibson, Team Leader for Archery, said: “This is a fantastic day for the athletes and we are pleased to take a day off all our training in order to celebrate how hard these archers have worked over many years to get to this point. For many of them, the Paralympics has been a dream for a long time and now that they have reached this point I know they will be fired up to do their best in competition later this year.”

The selected athletes are:

John Cavanagh
Home town: Wandsworth, London 
Training base: Royal Richmond Archery Club

Jo Frith
Home town: Glastonbury, Somerset.
Training base: Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre

Jodie Grinham
Home town: Telford
Training base: Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre

Mikey Hall
Home town: St Martin’s, Shropshire
Training base: Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre

Nathan Macqueen
Home town: Polbeth, Scotland
Training base: Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre

Tania Nadarajah
Home town: Banstead, Surrey
Training base: Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre, CEDAK

David Phillips
Home town: Cwmbran
Training base: WIS, Sofia Gardens

Jess Stretton
Home town: Hemel Hempstead
Training base: Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre

John Stubbs
Home town: Manchester
Training base: Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre

John Walker
Home town: Newport, Shropshire
Training base: Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre

The announcement bring the number of selected athletes for ParalympicsGB to 148 across 12 sports.

SIGN UP FOR UPDATES

Sign up to receive email updates on ParalympicsGB and find out how you can supercharge the team at the Paralympic Games.

Thank you for signing up!

Supercharge the team

Donate now Fundraise now