A blind veteran from Cambridgeshire is heading off to germany to represent Great Britain at the World Archery Para Championships next week.
Peter Price (66), from Peterborough, has been selected to represent his country in the Visually Impaired B2 category at the championships held in Donaueschingen from August 23 to 30.
This is the first time that the B2 category, for archers with a vision-impairment that still have some sight, has been included in the championships and moves the event one step closer to be included in the Paralympics.
The event involves the archer being supported by a spotter to guide them on where their arrows have landed and adjustments to make.
Peter has had to fund his own £3,000 expenses to take part in the championships and has received a grant from the charity Blind Veterans UK to help fund the trip.
Peter joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1964 and served for over eight years. He lost his sight later in life due to the condition rod-cone dystrophy and has been supported by Blind Veterans UK since 2010.
It was through the charity that Peter took up archery and he is member of the Blind Veterans UK Bowmen archery team. His spotter at the World Championships will be Alan Hay who is the one of the Cambridgeshire Welfare Officers at Blind Veterans UK.
Peter said: “I can’t wait to get out to Germany for the championships. It’s particularly special as we are the first group to be competing in this particular event there.
“I’m so pleased that Alan will be there as my spotter too. The grant that Blind Veterans UK have given to get me there has obviously been a massive help too. Alan and I are now fundraising because I want to pay the charity back.
“Blind Veterans UK have given me so much, it’s not just the archery, it has got me out of myself and having Alan as a Welfare Officer is great.”
Peter has been training for up to five hours a day in preparation for the championships and has spent the last week training at the Blind Veterans UK Centre in Brighton with other vision-impaired archers that the charity supports.
Blind Veterans UK President, Ray Hazan OBE, said: “Everyone at Blind Veterans UK is very proud of Peter and we wish him all the best as he heads off to compete for Team GB.
“Sport has always been an important part of the rehabilitation the charity has offered throughout our 100 year history. Peter will add his name to a long line of Blind Veterans that have represented their country. Good luck Peter!”
Peter’s competition will get underway on Monday August 24 with initial qualifying rounds.
Visit blindveterans.org.uk to learn more about the charity and how you can support its vital work.