Archer Browne targets Beijing Paralympics
PUBLISHED: 16:39 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009
AS one set of athletes arrive home from Beijing after the Olympics, another group are gearing up to head to the Chinese capital for the Paralympic Games. Among them is Bramfield s Paul Browne, who will be competing in the archery W2 category. This classif
AS one set of athletes arrive home from Beijing after the Olympics, another group are gearing up to head to the Chinese capital for the Paralympic Games.
Among them is Bramfield's Paul Browne, who will be competing in the archery W2 category.
This classification is for wheelchair users who have full arm function.
Paul uses a wheelchair after being born with the joint disease arthrogryposis.
The Times Territory man was one of the last to be selected for the 12-strong Team GB archery squad.
The 47-year-old had already convinced himself he would not be going to the Games in Beijing when he got the call-up.
He said: "I got picked for the team late on and had just come to terms that I wouldn't be going when things changed in the background.
"I was surprised and of course delighted."
It is an incredible achievement for Paul to make the GB squad as he only began competing seriously in the sport three years ago.
His rapid development ensured his spot for China.
"I improved a great deal over the last year and got some very good scores in the last six months that got me selected for Beijing.
"My parents are very proud that I will be representing Great Britain and my whole family is really pleased for me."
Paul, who partly trains at the Howard Bowmen Archery Club in Lemsford, was due to fly out to Britain's Macau holding camp yesterday (Wednesday) before then travelling to China.
Looking towards the Games themselves, Paul said: "I think the main thing will be to enjoy it because you are at the pinnacle of your sport."
With talk of medals and glory in China Paul was being cautiously.
"You have made an achievement by being selected, but hopefully I'll get something from it out there," he said.
"I have made progress this year and I want to take that over to Beijing."
The archery events at the Paralympic Games will take place at the Olympic Green Archery Field from September 9-15.