GB names its archery 13 for the Paralympics

Dani BROWN and John STUBBS Dani BROWN and John STUBBS will be defending their Paralympic compound titles at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich later this year, after being nominated as part of a 13 strong GB archery team for the London Games. John CAVANAGH, who won a silver medal in Beijing four years ago and a gold in Athens four years earlier, and Mel CLARKE, who won a bronze in Beijing, will also be part of Team GB. Phil BOTTOMLEY, Kenny ALLEN, Murray ELLIOT, Sharon VENNARD, Leigh WALMSLEY and Richard HENNAHANE will be taking part in their first Paralympic Games. Paul BROWNE, Kate MURRAY, and Pippa BRITTON have all been selected for their second successive Games. "We have a very strong squad, who all came through a tough selection process, and I am extremely confident of our prospects at the Games," said Archery GB Paralympic Head Coach Tim HAZELL. "There were some outstanding performances over the two selection shoots, and most of the squad selected themselves by virtue of that. But we also had one or two tough decisions to take, decisions which are never easy." BROWN and STUBBSwere the two dominating archers during the selection process, finishing comfortably on top of their respective compound tournaments, and winning all 12 head-to-head matches on Sunday, 20 May 2012. Recurvers BOTTOMLEY and VENNARD also qualified in style over two weekends, while ALLEN and ELLIOT finished strongly in the head-to-head rounds to secure their places – ELLIOT earning himself the nod over David GARDNER. Said Archery GB Performance Director Sara SYMINGTON: "Selection is never easy, and the competitiveness within the archers made this even more challenging. I’m confident the archers selected will form one of the greatest Paralympic GB teams to date." The squad in full: Ø Compound Women: Dani BROWN, Mel CLARKE, Pippa BRITTON Ø Compound Men: John STUBBS, Richard HENNAHANE Ø Compound Men W1: John CAVANAGH Ø Recurve Women: Sharon VENNARD, Leigh WALMSLEY Ø Recurve Men: Phil BOTTOMLEY, Kenny ALLEN, Murray ELLIOTT Ø Recurve Men W2: Paul BROWNE Ø Recurve Women W1: Kate MURRAY Read the reaction from the Paralympians after the announcement. The archery at the Paralympic Games will run from 30 August to 5 September. Follow Archery GB on Twitter: @archerygb Peter JONES Media, Archery GB, +44 (7841) 997408 Edited by World Archery Communication