Danielle Brown, the UK’s top-ranked para-archer, has been ruled out of being able to compete at future para-archery events due to a change in the disability classifications. The double Paralympic Games gold medallist and three-time Para-World Championships winner has become a casualty of a rule change, that will come into effect on 1 April 2014, designed to bring World Archery’s Para-athlete classifications more closely in line with the International Paralympic Committee’s guidelines.
A World Archery statement said that, following the rule change, the World Archery Para-World Championships would be for ‘those athletes with a disability where the disability has a direct and important impact on the archery performance.’
Danielle Brown, whose complex regional pain disorder causes pain in her feet and means she shoots from a stool, has not been classified under the new rules. Her previous Para-Archery competition results, including two silver medals in women’s open compound and mixed team compound events at the recent World Championships in Bangkok, will remain valid. It is understood she is appealing the re-classification.