Leicester law graduate selected for Commonwealth Games

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 29, 2010 10:50 AM |
Disabled archer makes national team.
Leicester law graduate selected for Commonwealth Games

Image courtesy of ParalympicsGB

It takes a lot to pass a Law Degree so any week when that’s not the most impressive thing you’ve managed has got to be a good one. Last Thursday, Danielle Brown got the news that she had graduated from our School of Law with a first. She also learned that she has been selected to compete in the UK archery team at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.

What makes all this even more remarkable is that, although Danielle competed in Beijing two years ago, she wasn’t taking part in the Olympics, she was in the Paralympics. Yet in Delhi, she will be competing against non-disabled athletes. The Commonwealth Games, which introduced para-sports for disabled athletes in 2002, only includes a limited number of disciplines, principally athletics, swimming and power-lifting.

Danielle has reflex sympathetic dystrophy which requires her to lean against a stool rather than stand but, that aside, she’s a top-class archer. She is believed to be the first disabled athlete to compete alongside – and opposite – non-disabled athletes at the Games.  Naturally she now has her sights set on 2012 when, assuming she is picked for the squad, she will again compete in the Paralympics. This is because Danielle (whose younger sister Georgina is also a very successful archer) uses the compound bow which is a discipline in the Paralympics but not the Olympics (where the recurve bow is used).

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus has an interview with Danielle, who hails from Skipton.