Who Can Participate

Many people can participate in archery for fun or competitively, regardless of their disability. Whether they have a physical, sensory or learning difficulty, the sport prides itself on being inclusive for all. Classification takes place before every major competition to ensure that new athletes have correct classification. There are three classifications for physically disabled athletes:

Archery Standing (ARST)

Archers in this class compete with their feet on the floor, either by sitting on a stool or standing up.

– No impairment in their arms

– Mild impairment in their legs such as loss of muscle strength, mobility and/or co-ordination

– An example of an athlete in this class would be an incomplete paraplegic

Archery Wheelchair 1 (ARW1)

– Archers in this class compete in a wheelchair

– Impairment in their arms i.e. limited movement, strength and/or control

– Poor trunk control

– No function in the legs due to amputation or limitations of movement, strength and/or control

– An example of an athlete in this class would be a tetraplegic

Archery Wheelchair 2 (ARW2)

– Archers in this class compete in a wheelchair and use a wheelchair for every day use

– They have paraplegia and have loss of function in their lower limbs