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Yesterday (4th Sept) at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich saw the first medals for Archery GB Paralympic team with a head to head GB final between Dani Brown, defending champion and Mel Clarke who won bronze in Beijing.

It went down to the last arrow, with Dani shooting a 9 to Mel’s 7, to secure 6-4 victory. Meaning Dani successfully defended her Paralympic title by winning the Gold at the home Paralympics and Mel winning the silver medal winner.

Foresters Friendly Mutual Society is the proud sponsor of Archery GB and we would like to offer you the chance to interview either of the athletes on Saturday (or another time, TBA). We will be with the athletes in Stratford for a medal photo shoot and of course we are very happy to provide you with these images asap.

Dani Brown is 24 years old and lives in Telford. She is also three times World Champion, European champion and gold medal winner at the 2010 Commonwealth Games having qualified to compete with non-disabled athletes. At 15 Dani was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a neurological disorder that causes searing pain through her legs. This pain is constant; the only time she is able to block out the pain is whilst she is competing at Archery.

Mel Clarke turned 30 on 2nd September during the Games and lives in Worcester. She won the World Championship in 2005 and the bronze medal in Beijing. Mel lost both the use of her legs and the sight in one eye to Lyme disease at a time when she was ranked second in the country among able-bodied athletes.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Harriet Jones / 0117 921 8120

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