Paralympian Fred Stevens has decided to retire from coaching. Known for his wide-brimmed hat and big smile, he has helped introduce hundreds of disabled children to archery and has nurtured some of Britain's finest young Paralympic prospects.
He has also been a driving force behind WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport. He has also led archery at the Inter Spinal Unit Games, Time to Shine and supported LimbPower and the British Wheelchair Archery Association.
Fred, who was inspired by seeing John Cavanagh training in GB kit, shot for Great Britain at the Beijing Games in 2008 and retired from international competition in 2011.
Disabilities Committee Chairman Helen George said: "He is an amazing coach and one of the best I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He has been instrumental through WheelPower and LimbPower in his leadership, in bringing on many talented young archers who have considerable potential.
"It has been a great pleasure working with Fred as he has taught me so much. We will all miss him, but he has promised to come and visit us. Fred, thank you for everything.
"Apart from being a great performer and winning medals on the international stage, Fred was always there to help listen to, advise and support all his team. What really sets Fred apart is the work he has done over the years to help archers from grassroots level to the top."
In 2014 Fred taught the Countess of Wessex to shoot during a visit to WheelPower at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. He said: "My passion was always archery, I love to see people do well and see people of all levels enjoy it. Even better when it puts a smile on their face,"