Name: Eric Bennett
Sport: Para Archery
Event: Recurve Open
Current Residence: Surprise, AZ
College: Northern Arizona State University

Eric Bennett began shooting archery at 7 years old.  At the age of 15 he was in a tragic car accident that cost him his right arm.  After nearly 10 years away from the sport he was encouraged by his father to give archery another try.  He soon began competing and found his long lost passion for the sport.  Eric made his first world team in 2007 and since then has been a part of the US National team competing in 3 World Championships and 2 Paralympic Games.  Eric is the first American to compete in 2 different disciplines (Compound and Recurve) at 2 different games.  He is also the first American to win a World Championship in the Para Recurve division.  He is a 4 time National Champion and currently holds 2 world records.

Eric Bennett is a Physics and Engineering teacher at Shadow Ridge HS in Surprise, AZ.  When he is not shooting he is a Level 4 archery coach for US Archery.  Eric likes to spend time outdoors camping, fishing, and exploring Arizona with his family.  Eric is married to his wife Rachel and has a son Logan (10) and a daughter Natalie (7). 

Paralympic Experience:

  • 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, 8th place individual finish (Recurve)
  • 2012 London Paralympic Games, 4th place individual finish (Recurve)
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, 9th place individual finish (Compound) 

Career Highlights:

  • 2015 World Champion (Open Male Recurve) – Para World Championships, Donaueschingen, Germany
  • 2015 Silver Medal (Open Male Recurve) – Para Pan American Games, Toronto, Canada
  • 2015 Bronze Medal (Male Recurve Team) – Czech Open, Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
  • 2015 Indoor National Champion (Open Male Recurve) – National Indoor Championships, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2014 Silver Medal (Open Male Compound) – Pan American Championships, Rosario, Argentina
  • 2014 Outdoor National Champion (Open Male Compound) – National Outdoor Championships, Hamilton, OH
  • 2014 Silver Medal (Male Compound Team) - Czech Open, Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
  • 2009 Indoor National Champion (Open Male Compound) – National Indoor Championship, Rio Rancho, NM
  • 2008 Silver Medal (Open Male Compound) – European Grand Prix, Stoke-Mandeville, United Kingdom
  • 2008 Outdoor National Champion (Open Male Compound) – National Outdoor Championships, Colorado Springs, CO

Current World Records:

  • 60 Arrow 18m Para Open Male Recurve Individual - 592
  • 24 Arrow 50m Para Open Male Compound Team – 232

Learn more: 
US Para Archery