Part of the Discovery Blind Sports organization, we
held our first archery day camp at Terry Morris's property in
Ione, CA. Four blind and visually impaired youth from the
Community Center for the Blind in Stockton learned to shoot
archery using the tactile technique developed over 20 years
ago by British Blind Sport. It is the official method used by
archers who are blind and visually impaired all over the
world. This equipment enables a person who is blind to
perform the shot independently and feel a sense of real
accomplishment as they perfect their technique.
On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, these four young people
had a ball trying to hit balloons secured to the bull's-eye of
their target 15 yards away. Courtney (a level III coach) has
been working with me and other blind and visually impaired
archers for the past eight years.
It's our hope that we'll be able to provide more
archery camps like this to expose youth and adults who are
blind and visually impaired to the great sport of archery.
Archery is a sport for all ages and all physical abilities.
With practice and dedication, blind archers can compete and
take their game all the way to the world championship level if
they want. Some day, when our numbers grow, we'll make it
to the Paralympic Games!
Thanks to Terry Morris for donating his property, the
Clements-Lockeford Lions Club for the food, and all the
volunteers for making our first archery day camp a great
success. Thanks also to Casey Landrum from Discovery
Blind Sports for taking pictures and creating this slide show
that really captures the mood of the day.
Four blind and visually impaired youth from the Community
Center for the Blind in Stockton learned to shoot archery
June 12, 2012 in Ione, CA.
Slideshow created by: Casey Landrum from Discovery Blind Sports
California Bowmen Hunters/
State Archery Association
For a full version of this article, please read in the
August, 2012 issue of the CBH/SAA Newsletter
Submitted by: Janice Walth