Scottish War Blinded members enjoy successful archery trip in Brighton

Posted: 28/03/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded members Derek McDonald and Robert Harvey recently put their finely tuned archery skills into practice during a week-long archery course in Brighton last month.

Derek and Robert attend regular archery sessions with Scottish War Blinded at Archer’s Hall, Newington and additional sessions with fellow veterans and current service-personnel recovering from injuries.

As a result, Robert and Derek travelled down to Brighton full of confidence for a week’s tuition and competition against fellow visually impaired veterans from Blind Veterans UK.

Robert, pictured right, who made his second visit to Brighton for archery week, said:

“We both enjoyed the experience immensely and are especially grateful for the skilful attentions of Scottish War Blinded and Blind Veterans staff as well as volunteers.” 

“Derek was coached by two County Coaches in the use of tactile sights to accommodate his particular visual impairment and I, although experienced in using bow sights, worked on shooting barebow without a sight.”

“Internal competitions were held each day using 40 cm & 60 cm targets at 20 yards as well as a white disc target on a black boss.  Just in case it was all getting too easy for us, on two evenings, visiting sighted teams offered a challenge, with everyone shooting at 25 yards distance.”

“We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the final evening. The competition results were announced and I was surprised to receive gold medals for both the Thursday and Friday competition as well as the trophy for combined scores.”

Well done to both Robert and Derek for a great week’s shooting.

Both Derek and Robert developed visual impairments in subsequent later life, long after their national service, do you know someone like Derek or Robert? Guide them to us