Lifetime Achievement for Gary and Kathy Critchlow-Smith

SportsAble members, and dedicated coaches, Gary and Kathy Critchlow-Smith were awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the 8th Get Berkshire Active Awards which took place in Reading on Friday 28th February. The inspirational husband and wife team received the award in recognition of their lifetime commitment to impacting and inspiring a generation to enjoy and excel in archery.

Kathy Critchlow-Smith has been a member of SportsAble for 26 years and enjoyed an illustrious archery career. In addition to making Team GB for five Paralympic Games, Kathy has enjoyed a successful career on the international competition circuit. It was after the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games that Kathy decided to join SportsAble’s archery section. Here she benefited from quality coaching which helped to further develop her talent. Read her full story here.

Both Kathy and her husband Gary, who is also a level 3 coach, have dedicated their time to supporting other disabled archers. They are currently coaching SportsAble member, Tamas Gaspar, who has his sights on representing Hungary in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. This commitment is in addition to everything else Gary and Kathy do for SportsAble which includes volunteering at various events.

Gary and Kathy, also lead weekly coaching sessions at SportsAble and have been instrumental in running taster sessions and structured beginners courses. These provide everyone, including complete beginners, the opportunity to work with a world-class coaching team and gain valuable knowledge and inspiration.

Outside of SportsAble, Gary currently chairs the Berkshire Archery Coaching Group which mobilises coaching resources in the county and further promotes opportunities to take part at a local level.

Niall McCaffrey, SportsAble Sports Manager says, “Gary and Kathy are incredible role models and valued members of SportsAble. Following incredible success in their respective careers, they gladly volunteer their time to continue supporting other people. Together they¬† prove that disability doesn’t prevent individuals accessing fun, friendship and opportunity in sport and physical activity.”

If you would like to try archery at SportsAble, please email or call 01628 627690, to book a space.

In addition to archery, our members enjoy a packed timetable of sports throughout the week. To see our weekly schedule, click here.