As instructors, we have the opportunity to introduce new athletes to the exciting sport of archery. Working with adaptive archers provides us  with another opportunity to teach the sport we love to a student who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate. Whether an archer comes through a Veteran program, school club or parks and recreation program, with a little preparation and flexibility, we can ensure that everyone has a successful experience.

Archery is open to athletes with a physical impairment, who may shoot with assistive devices allowed under classification rules, if required.

Para archery competition, which includes specific competition categories for athletes with certain classifications, is an integral part of the
Paralympic Games.

The sport tests accuracy, strength and concentration. It includes specific competition categories for athletes with certain classifications: W1, compound open and recurve open.

Archery is a sport that is open to everyone; it is inclusive of all ages, genders, and abilities. Athletes with physical or cognitive impairments, who may otherwise be dissuaded from participating in sports can participate in archery alongside athletes without any disability. Whether your goal is to just get out and socialize or be active or to make a U.S. Paralympic or World Championship Team, archery is a sport that lends itself to any need.

Simple adaptations to archery programs can break the stigma associated with disabilities and remove the barriers to conversations and interactions among groups of people who might otherwise be separated. This environment can be an enriching experience for all students of archery.

Coach Indy participating in the Para Coach Observer Program with the USA World Archery Para Championships Team