Royal Anglian Veteran and Paralympian, Steve Gill is Aiming High for the Future.

I started archery in 2013 where I went on to compete in the first-ever Invictus games where I earned a bronze medal as an individual recurve archer.

From there I was picked up by Archery GB to be apart of their Para Academy with the aim of progressing to compete in the Paralympic Games. This is where I found my love of the sport and made my way to being ranked 4th in the country for para-recurve archers.

I narrowly missed out on competing in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games but I went as part of the Paralympic Inspiration program which allowed me to experience the games but not as an athlete. From then I knew I wanted to compete, I wanted to be a Paralympian.

In 2017 it was suggested that I change bow styles to train as a compound archer (as pictured) which although may look similar, I had to relearn my whole shot process and essentially start from scratch. I did not let this deter me and I have been training six days a week since then in the hopes of competing at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Once the COVID pandemic hit I was unable to train at my regular outdoor range and have had to make do with a target in my garage. This, along with the deterioration of my equipment, made it much harder for me to keep up to the standard needed, however, I persevered and as soon as the training venue was allowed to reopen, I was back to training almost every day.

I missed out on the two available compound slots for Tokyo by only 1 point but this has not stopped my passion and drive and with the help of the Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund sponsoring some new equipment I am confident that I will be at the standard needed to compete in the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games.