Veterans come out on top at archery competition

Posted: 18/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

Two Scottish War Blinded members, who both attend the Linburn Centre in West Lothian, came top of the league at the Lothian Disability Sport Archery Competition on Sunday 16 December 2018.

Bill, Jocky and their coach, Tim, stand with the trophies

Bill Stevens and Jocky Elliot represented Scottish War Blinded at the competition, having only discovered their love of archery after becoming members of the charity.

Bill, who has been attending the centre for nearly two years said, “I had never fired an arrow until I came to the centre.” 

The pair were competing against people with a range of disabilities, not just those with sight-loss. 

Bill, who was competing out with the Centre for the first time, had the highest score of the competition and took home the winner’s cup. Bill added that he has been invited back next year to "defend the title".

Jocky, who has been attending the centre for around six years, came in second place and was just two points behind his fellow veteran.

Both members are part of the Scottish War Blinded Archery Club, which was set up in 2012 by Centre Officer, Tim, who qualified as an Archery Instructor.

Bill and Jocky, alongside their fellow members, have also been competing in the Centre’s annual Royal Scots Club Silver Arrow Archery Championships.

Bill competed in the novice category and Jocky competed in the open category, both winning the top place in their categories.

Bill joked, “next year, I’m not allowed to compete in the novice category!” Both are looking forward to their names being engraved on the Silver Arrow trophy. 

Jocky and Bill practice archery once a week when they attend the Linburn Centre, with some of the members regularly going to Archers Hall in Edinburgh, the club house of the Royal Company of Archers, to practice their skills when they are not attending the centre.

As well as archery, members enjoy a wide range of activities; from cooking skills to woodwork and fitness to quizzes. “We just do everything”, said Jocky. “We’re both keen golfers and bowlers as well.”