What's it all about?
Legolas and Lara Croft are very familiar with this skill. It’s about blocking out distractions, totally concentrating on what you're doing and aiming pointy stuff at targets. It’s para archery and here’s the deal on this cool sport!
How it's played
The teams: Both men and women can compete in recurve bow events, compound bow events and the W1, for athletes who compete in a wheelchair.
The match: More arrows, please! All competitors each take 72 shots before being ranked and going into eliminations. Phew! That's a lot of archery!
The equipment: There's the archer, the bow, the arrows and the target (check out the photos below).
The event: Athletes shoot arrows and try to hit the gold circle in the centre of the target. If they hit the one right in the middle they score the most points!
The points: Different points are awarded depending on which coloured circle the arrow hits on the target. Highest score wins and a perfect score is 720!
The athletes: Precision, accuracy, focus — those are key here. They may have an impairment, but these athletes compete at a world-class level, achieving the same goals as able-bodied archers!
Did you know? Para archery was used for the rehabilitation of injured veterans.
Things to watch for
- Athletes compete with both recurve bows, which are also used in able-bodied competition, and compound bows.
- Compound bows feature a magnifying sight and release aids to help with accuracy.
- The distance and size of the target are different depending on the event.
- The scoring rings give you more points in the middle and fewer points moving towards the outer ring.
- The compound event only has points from 10 down to five.
- Depending on the athlete's impairment, you will see them using different assistive equipment.
- Mechanical release aids mean they don't have to use their hands to release the arrow.
- Peep sights and magnifying scopes improve their vision.