Archer Kate takes first steps on Road to Rio

Kate Murray
Kate Murray

Bonchester Bridge archer Kate Murray has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Para Championships, writes Fiona Scott.

The event, which takes place in Donaueschingen, Germany from August 23-30, will be the first opportunity for the recurve archers to secure quota places for Rio 2016 and will provide a high-pressured environment to compete against the best in the world.

Michael Peart, Paralympic Coach at Archery GB, commented: “This event is key on the Road to Rio, not only in achieving quota places, but also in giving the archers experience in a high-pressured shooting situation.

“We hope to build on the success of the tournament in 2013 and lay the foundations for the Paralympics in Rio next year.

A grandmother of two Murray (66) took up archery after an illness caused damage to the nerves in her lower limbs and represented Great Britain at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. She has been competing for over 12 years and won a bronze medal at the 2007 World Archery Para Championships in Cheongju. She will travel to Germany next month as part of a 17-strong squad.

“The team has been working extremely hard in the build-up to this year’s World Archery Para Championships and are looking forward to competing on the world stage,” added Mr Peart.