Lindsay Howard

The Fletchers' Trust was pleased to be able to provide Lindsay with a grant towards a new bow and were delighted to hear from her and her continued passion for the sport.

 

"Dear [Fletchers],

I hope this finds you well in such challenging times.  

I wanted to thank the Worshipful Company of Fletchers so much for the grant towards a new bow.  2019 had been my first tournament season with a compound bow.  I took gold at the BWAA championships and the Civil Service outdoor Nationals.  I had also set 2 new UK para records so I was very much looking forward to 2020 season.   My first compound bow was entry level and had let me down several times through wear and design technical faults,  including at the National County Championships where I was shooting for Yorkshire.  The bow had been patched up many times but in May 2020 it broke while I was at full draw and landed me in hospital A&E.   It wasn’t fit for purpose anymore and I certainly couldn’t trust it.   Your gracious contribution enabled me to buy my Matthews TRX 36” compound bow which is a world away from my first bow, it suits me perfectly, is a joy to shoot and will last me for many years to come.   

When lockdown was lifted over the summer I was able to break all my outdoor personal best scores by quite a margin and I even set some new club records.  With tournaments on hold I competed in the archery 360 challenge at 50m with a score of 333.  I was very pleased to come 9th against such exemplary archers, especially when shooting a new bow.   During lockdown I have kept up training where possible, even if it means shooting such a short distance in the dining room where there is just about enough room to lift my bow.   I intend on doing what I can to maintain form and strength in preparation for when we can shoot outside again.   

Shooting is my passion, it is not only time where I am working on something for myself and achieving something just for me but it also inspires my young son.  He sees me working towards improving at something I love and not just as his mum who uses a wheelchair,  this means a lot to me.  When I can’t shoot it has a significant impact on my mental health.  The grant made it possible for me to continue shooting and most importantly I now have a bow I can trust.    

Thank-you.  Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all again when tournaments resume.  

Kind regards,

Lindsay Howard

Wheelchair para-archer

Thirsk Bowman

North Yorkshire."