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Countdown to the Paralympics – preview of para archery events

August 18th 2021
Vicky Sartain

The countdown is on to the Tokyo Paralympics, taking place 24 August to 5 September. Here’s when you can enjoy the archery matches on UK time.

Archery has been a stalwart of the Games since 1960 and ParalympicsGB have found plenty of success on the range. With 66 medals in total, including 20 golds, ParalympicsGB have 23 more medals than any other nation and top the overall medal table. British archers have performed superbly during the five years between Rio and Tokyo, winning multiple European and World Championship medals along the way.

All archery events will take place at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, and there are nine gold medals for the taking. Here’s a look at our seven Paralympic athletes, and the times we can expect to see the action.

ParalympicsGB women’s archery team

Jess Stretton

Jess Stretton. Photo: imagecomms

Jess Stretton’s gold at Rio 2016 turned a relatively unknown 16-year-old into one of Britain’s youngest and most treasured Paralympic heroes.  ParalympicsGB were unaware of her potential until they sent her to the Netherlands for the 2015 Para World Ranking Tournament. Having only gone to gain experience, she ended up winning the whole competition before winning gold in Rio – becoming the youngest ever British archer to claim a medal in the event. Stretton was awarded an MBE for her Paralympic exploits in 2017.

Phoebe Paterson Pine

Phoebe Paterson Pine. Photo: imagecomms

A junior indoor and outdoor national champion, Phoebe Paterson Pine’s archery class is clear for all to see. And after earning her qualifying spot in Nove Mesto with a gold medal, she will be eager to show just what she can do on the world stage. With eight national, four European, and three world records to her name at the age of 23, the Cirencester archer will be making her Paralympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020.

Victoria Rumary

Victoria Rumary. Photo: imagecomms

A superb performance in the Czech Republic was enough for Victoria Rumary to achieve her dream and earn Paralympic selection. The 33-year-old took gold in the W1 open category in Nove Mesto in July, claiming a quota spot which she has now filled to help swell the British archery ranks to seven. Surgery for epilepsy resulted in the former non-disabled archer becoming a wheelchair user and a fundraising effort in her home town of Scunthorpe helped provide Rumary with her custom-made chair for shooting.

Hazel Chaisty

Hazel Chaisty. Photo: imagecomms

Hazel Chaisty is one of three ParalympicsGB archery debutants for Tokyo 2020. Her Paralympic journey began when she saw an advertisement for people with disabilities for Archery GB ahead of Rio 2016, which the Derbyshire-based shooter just missed out on. She secured a quota spot for the team by winning gold at the Fazza Para Archery World Ranking Tournament in 2019, finishing the year fifth in the women’s recurve world rankings. She backed up that success by clinching bronze back in the United Arab Emirates at the 2020 Fazza Para Archery World Ranking Tournament, having also won European bronze in 2018.

ParalympicsGB men’s archery team

Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips. Photo: imagecomms

Dave Phillips will be itching for Paralympics glory on his second Games appearance, having only returned to archery in 2013 after a 30-year break from the sport. Phillips was selected for the British squad in 2014 and made his international debut at the Para World Ranking Tournament in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, where he secured a gold medal as part of the men’s team and a mixed team bronze.  On his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, Phillips and his partner Tania Nadarajah were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the recurve mixed team competition in a tense shoot-off by top seeds Iran. The Welshman claimed European bronze alongside Hazel Chaisty in 2018, while he secured a Paralympics quota place at the 2019 World Para-archery Championships.

John Stubbs

John Stubbs. Photo: imagecomms

ParalympicsGB veteran John Stubbs is nothing short of a legend in his sport. The 56-year-old Warrington shooter is Britain’s most successful archer with a cabinet full of accolades, including a Paralympic gold medal from his Games debut at Beijing 2008. Also holder of multiple world titles, Stubbs added a Paralympic silver medal to his collection in the mixed team Open Compound eight years later in Rio alongside Jodie Grinham. We can expect to see him in fine form in Tokyo, having said he’s feeling fitter than ever before ahead of his fourth Paralympic Games as he sets his sights on the top of the podium again.

Nathan Macqueen

Nathan Macqueen. Photo: imagecomms

An all-round sportsman from an early age, Nathan Macqueen refused to let a near-fatal motorcycle accident stop him from achieving his sporting dreams. Prior to his accident, the archer was part of the Scottish archery team and had represented Glasgow Warriors and Scotland in rugby at Under 21 level. Despite being left paralysed by the accident, Macqueen looked for new challenges to conquer, taking up powerlifting and wheelchair basketball before returning to archery. He made his senior international debut just months before Rio 2016, where he finished ninth, while he has since won multiple medals on the world and European stage.

When to watch

Channel Four will be the sole rights holder for the Paralympics in the UK. As well as coverage on Channel Four and More4, they also have a dedicated microsite Home | Channel 4 Parasport and the All4 app.

Friday 27 August

1am – 4am BST

  • Women’s Compound Open: Ranking Round: Jess Stretton, Phoebe Paterson Pine
  • Women’s W1: Ranking Round: Victoria Rumary
  • Women’s Recurve Open: Ranking Round: Hazel Chaisty

6am – 9am BST

  • Men’s Recurve Open: Ranking Round: Dave Phillips
  • Men’s Compound Open: Ranking Round: John Stubbs, Nathan Macqueen

Saturday 28 August

1am – 6.55am BST

  • Men’s Individual Compound Open: 1/24 Eliminations
  • Men’s Individual Compound Open: 1/16 Eliminations

9.30am – 13.55pm BST

Please note, this event has no GB competitors

  • Mixed Team W1: 1/8 Eliminations
  • Mixed Team W1: Quarterfinals
  • Mixed Team W1: Semi-finals
  • Mixed Team W1: Bronze Medal Match
  • Mixed Team W1: Gold Medal Match
  • Mixed Team W1: Victory Ceremony

Sunday 29 August

1am – 6.10am BST

  • Women’s Individual Compound Open: 1/16 Eliminations
  • Mixed Team Compound Open: 1/8 Eliminations

9.30am – 12.35pm BST

  • Mixed Team Compound Open: Quarterfinals
  • Mixed Team Compound Open: Semi-finals
  • Mixed Team Compound Open: Bronze Medal Match
  • Mixed Team Compound Open: Gold Medal Match
  • Mixed Team Compound Open: Victory Ceremony

Monday 30 August

1am – 6.15am BST

  • Women’s Individual Compound Open: 1/8 Eliminations
  • Women’s Individual Compound Open: Quarterfinals
  • Women’s Individual Compound Open: Semi-finals
  • Women’s Individual Compound Open: Bronze Medal Match
  • Women’s Individual Compound Open: Gold Medal Match
  • Women’s Individual Compound Open: Victory Ceremony

9.30am – 13.20pm BST

Please note, this event has no GB competitors

  • Men’s Individual W1: 1/8 Eliminations
  • Men’s Individual W1: Quarterfinals
  • Men’s Individual W1: Semi-finals
  • Men’s Individual W1: Bronze Medal Match
  • Men’s Individual W1: Gold Medal Match
  • Men’s Individual W1: Victory Ceremony

Tuesday 31 August

1am – 6.15am BST

  • Men’s Individual Compound Open: 1/8 Eliminations
  • Men’s Individual Compound Open: Quarterfinals
  • Men’s Individual Compound Open: Semi-finals
  • Men’s Individual Compound Open: Bronze Medal Match
  • Men’s Individual Compound Open: Gold Medal Match
  • Men’s Individual Compound Open: Victory Ceremony

1am – 6.15am BST

  • Women’s Individual W1: 1/8 Eliminations
  • Women’s Individual W1: Quarterfinals
  • Women’s Individual W1: Semi-finals
  • Women’s Individual W1: Bronze Medal Match $$$
  • Women’s Individual W1: Gold Medal Match $$$
  • Women’s Individual W1: Victory Ceremony

Thursday 2 September

2am – 6.15am BST

  • Women’s Individual Recurve Open: 1/16 Eliminations
  • Women’s Individual Recurve Open: 1/8 Eliminations

9.30am – 11.30am BST

  • Women’s Individual Recurve Open: Quarterfinals
  • Women’s Individual Recurve Open: Semi-finals
  • Women’s Individual Recurve Open: Bronze Medal Match
  • Women’s Individual Recurve Open: Gold Medal Match
  • Women’s Individual Recurve Open: Victory Ceremony

Friday 3 September

2am – 6:15am BST

  • Men’s Individual Recurve Open: 1/16 Eliminations

9:30am – 13:55pm BST

  • Men’s Individual Recurve Open: 1/8 Eliminations
  • Men’s Individual Recurve Open: Quarterfinals
  • Men’s Individual Recurve Open: Semi-finals
  • Men’s Individual Recurve Open: Bronze Medal Match
  • Men’s Individual Recurve Open: Gold Medal Match
  • Men’s Individual Recurve Open: Victory Ceremony

Saturday 4 September

2am – 4:40am BST

  • Mixed Team Recurve Open: 1/8 Eliminations

9.30am – 12:35pm BST

  • Mixed Team Recurve Open: Quarterfinals
  • Mixed Team Recurve Open: Semi-finals
  • Mixed Team Recurve Open: Bronze Medal Match
  • Mixed Team Recurve Open: Gold Medal Match
  • Mixed Team Recurve Open: Victory Ceremony

Results

We will publish match reports on our website, social media channels, Facebook and Instagram. ParalympicsGB will share British medal wins across their social media channels and website.

 

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