Team USA Ready to Rock at World Archery Para Championships
BANGKOK – The 2013 World Archery Para Championships will
be held in here beginning tomorrow, as official practice and the Opening
Ceremony kick off this biannual event. Warm weather is expected to be a factor,
with temperatures predicted in the mid 90s for the next five days in Thailand.
Team USA’s squad – including a mix of veteran competitors
and strong newcomers – will compete in Rajamangala Stadium, which will
accommodate some 254 participating athletes from Asia, the Americas and Europe.
South Africa is the only representative from that continent – Africa – where
archery in general is starting to become more popular.
With many of the medal winners from the London 2012
Paralympic Games competing, the standard of competition is expected to be very
high. In women’s recurve, USA’s Lee Ford- Faherty and Kinga Kiss-Johnson will
face London team medalists Yan Huilian (CHN) and Lee Hwa Sook (KOR); American
men Michael Lukow and Tim Palumbo will meet fierce competition in Russia’s
Paralympic team champions Timur Tuchinov, Oleg Shestakov, and Mikhail Oyun.
The U.S. has three competitors in the women’s compound
open division: Martha Chavez, D’Arce Hess, and Ashlee Sheppard. Great Britain’s
Mel Clarke and Paralympic gold medalist Danielle Brown will also be forces to
contend with in that category.
Jeff Fabry, Paralympic Champion and three time Paralympic
medalist, will compete for the U.S. in a tough men’s compound W1 class that
boasts the other medalists from London: David Drahoninsky (CZE) and Norbert
Murphy of Canada. Paralympians Chuck Lear and Jerry Shields will also represent
Team USA in this category.
Also competing for Team USA this week: Paralympics
quarterfinalist Dugie Denton in the compound men’s open category, joined by
newcomers Jeff Sena and Lance Thornton. Watch for these archers to battle
against 61 other talented athletes in this very popular category.
Follow @usaarchery on Twitter, and USA Archery on Facebook
and Google Plus, for reports throughout the event. Join the online conversation
about the event by hashtagging #WAPC2013, and cheer for your favorites!