Blind veterans are on target at archery day

Archery contest

Archery contest

First published in

AMERICAN and South African military veterans challenged British ex-servicemen to an archery contest.

The veterans, who were mostly blinded in Iraq and Afghanistan, used assistive technology such as tactile aiming devices to shoot balloons at a distance of 20 feet.

Following a tie-breaker, the British veterans emerged victorious.

British veteran Simon Brown, who was blinded by a sniper bullet in 2006 while serving in Iraq, said: “Archery is normally thought of as a sport where you have to rely on your sight.

“Being able to do it even with sight loss was incredibly liberating and a confidence-builder for blind veterans from all three nations.

“It also proved that Blind Veterans UK’s members can hold their own with a bow and arrow.”

The competition took place at Blind Veterans UK’s rehabilitation and training centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

It was a part of Project Gemini, an exchange programme between the charity and the US organisation Blinded Veterans Association (BVA). Dr Tom Zampieri of the BVA said: “One of the important aspects of Project Gemini is to highlight just how common sight loss in action is – around 10% of wounded British Service personnel and 16% of wounded Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered some form of blindness.”

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree