Archery - blind city archer wins silver medal at World Championships

Peter Price won a silver medal.
Peter Price won a silver medal.
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A blind veteran from Peterborough has just won a silver medal for Great Britain at the World Archery Para Championships.

Peter Price (66) triumphed against para-archers from five countries in the visually ompaired VI2/3 category at the championships held in Germany last week (August 23-30).

Price said: “Winning silver was quite emotional and a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.”

In a close final, Price was narrowly beaten to the title of world champion by another British archer. His win helped Team GB sweep first, second and third place in the VI2/3 category for archers with a vision impairment with some sight.

This is the first time that the VI2/3 category has been included in the championships and moves the visually impaired categories one step closer to inclusion in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

In para-archery, a spotter advises the archer on where their arrows have landed and adjustments to make. Price’s spotter at the World Championships was Alan Hay, Cambridgeshire Welfare Officer at Blind Veterans UK.

Price received a grant from Blind Veterans UK to help fund his £3,000 expenses to take part in the Championships in Donaueschingen, south west Germany.

Price said: “I was happy to be there and delighted that Blind Veterans UK helped me get there. Having Alan with me as my spotter was fantastic too. I made sure the charity’s badge was prominent on my hat!”

It was through Blind Veterans UK that Price took up archery and he is a member of the Blind Veterans UK Bowmen archery team. He joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1964 and served for more than eight years. He lost his sight later in life due to rod-cone dystrophy and has been supported by the charity since 2010.

Price added: “Blind Veterans UK have given me so much, it’s not just the archery, it has brought me out of my shell and having Alan as my Welfare Officer is great.”

Price trained for up to five hours a day in the run-up to the championships and spent a week training at the Blind Veterans UK Centre in Brighton with other vision-impaired archers supported by the charity. During the Championships, he competed against para-archers from the USA, Italy, Greece, Australia and the UK.