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Para Archery

Para archery is a parasport in which participants use a bow to shoot an arrow towards a target. The aim is to shoot the arrow towards the centre of the target as accurately as possible, from a variety of distances, to score the most cumulative points. A hit in the “bullseye” centre-ring is worth 10 points, with decreasing amounts for each bow hit within the outside rings. Para archery at higher levels is classified into three sections: 1) "open," for participants with any impairment in their legs; 2) "w1," for participants who have an impairment in their legs and use a wheelchair; and 3) "visually impaired," for participants who have little to no eyesight and have an assistant who helps guide them.

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Para archery’s first recorded competitive event was in the United Kingdom at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948. Canada has participated in para archery at the Paralympics since 1960.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds with a range of visual impairments and physical disabilities.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

In the GTA, para archery competitions occur occasionally and athletes train year round.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

While there are no dedicated para archery facilities, the sport can be accommodated at most archery centres in the GTA.

Cultural Significance


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  • Hart House
    University of Toronto
    7 Hart House Cir
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
  • Shawn’s Archery Instruction Toronto
    60 Bowden St
    Toronto, ON M4K 2X4
  • Basically Bows Archery
    940 Queen Street East
    Toronto, ON M4M 1J7
  • Arrowhead Archery Game
    10 Old Colony Road
    Richmond Hill, ON L4E 4L4
  • Archery District Toronto
    770 Birchmount Rd
    Toronto, ON M1K 5H3
  • Archery Terminal - Mississauga
    1100 Courtneypark Dr E
    Mississauga, ON L5T 17L
  • Archery Terminal - Burlington
    952 Century Drive
    Burlington, ON L7L 5P2
  • The Archery Game
    2501 Rutherford Rd
    Vaughan, ON L4K 2N6
  • Battle Archery
    8052 Torbram Road
    Brampton, ON L6T 3T2

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