Archery - the Price is right for Great Britain

Peter Price has been selected for Great Britain.
Peter Price has been selected for Great Britain.
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A Peterborough man has been selected to shoot for Great Britain at the World Archery Para Championships next month in Germany.

Peter Price (66) has been named in the 17-strong GB team to contest the largest para event on the world archery calendar in Donaueschingen from August 23-30. The event is also a Paralympic qualifier.

Price lives in Eye and belongs to the Blind Veterans UK Bowmen and also shoots with Old Oundle Bowmen AC as a guest.

He first started shooting in 2011 and competed in his first tournament the same year. Since then he has broken four outdoor club records and won a gold medal at the British Wheelchair Archery Association National Championships at Stoke Mandeville last month.

Born in Northamptonshire in 1948, Peter joined the Army in 1964, serving in the Middle East, Germany and Northern Ireland. Discharged in 1972, it was not until many years later that he lost his sight to an inheritable eye condition called cone dystrophy, which results in increasingly poor vision.

As an ex-serviceman with sight loss, Peter was able to sign up for the help of Blind Veterans UK and joined their archery club soon after becoming a beneficiary.

He said: “Archery has given me a lot more confidence. I have really immersed myself in it over time and my success at it has given me the determination to go and try other things too, such as Boccia (a Paralympic game for individuals or teams, the aim of which is to throw a leather ball as close as possible to a white target ball or jack).

“I am now a training to be a Boccia teacher so that I can pass on what I have learnt to others, and I am also a committee member in the Peterborough Disability Sports Forum through which I coach disabled archery. I know that I wouldn’t have come this far if it had not been for the support of Blind Veterans UK.”