For more than 50 years, athletes with a disability have been testing their accuracy and precision in archery competitions. Today, traditions of excellence continue in the sport with both standing and wheelchair (seated) athletes competing in women’s and men’s categories. Competition includes singles, doubles and team events, and the competition and scoring procedures are identical to those used in able-bodied events. Although competitions are often integrated into able-bodied events, archers with a disability compete in three classification areas:
- Archery Standing (ARST) Archers have no disabilities in their arms but their legs have a degree of loss of muscle strength, co-ordination and/or joint mobility. Archers compete standing.
- Archery Wheelchair 1 (ARW1) Archers with disabilities in their arms and legs; limitations in range of movement, strength and control of their arms and poor or non-existent control of their trunk. Archers compete in a wheelchair.
- Archery Wheelchair 2 (ARW2) These archers have paralysis in the lower part of the body, including the legs, and also compete in a wheelchair.
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