Tamas Gaspar

Great news for Tamas Gaspar who scored a personal best of 632 at the the Para-Archery World Championships in the Netherlands at the weekend (June 8/9).

The world para championships awarded 80 of the 140 places available at the next Paralympic Games. Athletes from 23 different countries won the 80 quota places for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games available at the 2019 World Archery Para Championships in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

The championships acted as the primary qualification tournament and the start of the qualification period – which ends in spring 2020. China collected the most quota places with 11, followed by Russia with eight, and Italy and Turkey with seven. Next year there will be another opportunity for Archers to secure some of the last places available for Tokyo.

On 6th July, Tamas will be heading to the European Cup Championships with coach Gary Critchlow-Smith where he hopes to beat this PB as he continues his pursuit of a place in Tokyo 2020 Team GB.

Tamas’ Story

As a full-time engineer, Tamas was fit and healthy, but in 2010 he noticed numbness in his right leg.

When the medical profession diagnosed the severe spinal Myelitis, Tamas became paralysed just below his chest and hospitalised for 9 months and needed to use a wheelchair.

During his time in hospital he met Ben Harris: a SportsAble member and above knee amputee, who encouraged him to get active. On leaving hospital, Tamas joined the Club and immediately enjoyed Wheelchair Basketball, Archery, Swimming and Air Weapons. It enabled him to get active and sociable after years of being isolated and inactive in hospital. This improved both his physical and mental health.

Today Tamas is training hard and dreams of securing a place on Team GB for Tokyo 2020.

At the SportsAble 2018 Annual Awards Dinner, Tamas won the following:

The Wilkinson Sword, in recognition of the member who has achieved oustanding sporting success

The Phyllis James Cup, Most Notable performance or general endeavour in the Archery Section

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