Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He became interested in the sport at the age of nine. "I first took up archery while I lived in Stirling, but the great love of my life in those days was water-skiing. We then moved, as a family, to Sleaford, in Lincolnshire, and that was the point where archery became my number one sport."
|Club / Team
||Chorley Bowmen: Grantham, ENG
|Name of coach
||The Silver Fox (World Archery, 16 Jul 2012)
||Motorcycle racing, clay shooting. (World Archery, 16 Jul 2012)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona in both the individual and team events. (BOA, 11 Nov 2007)
||Winning a medal in front of the home crowd at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (guardian.co.uk, 15 Feb 2011)
In 1994 he went into early retirement from the sport just two years after winning two bronze medals as a teenager at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. "I had just turned 20 and felt I'd had enough. I had been shooting for 11 years, having had my first competition at age nine. I never had time to go out with friends; I just went to school and did archery. I fancied having a bit of a life really, and I wanted to try other sports. I wasn't shooting very well in the last year and I had lost enthusiasm and drive for the sport. One thing led to another, I stopped practicing and going to competitions. I didn't touch a bow at all until 2005."
After 11 years away from the sport, he returned to the sport after reading his local newspaper. "We have a local paper and there was a little spread about archery one day that got me thinking. I joined the local club and started shooting with a compound archer who put me into every competition we could get into. I just did it for fun and it all snowballed from there." Within a year of returning to the sport he finished fourth at the 2006 European Indoor Championships. (archery.org, 03 Sep 2010)