Glossop archer Hazel is aiming for Rio Paralympics in 2016

Hazel Christy, 42, Glossop para-archer.
Hazel Christy, 42, Glossop para-archer.

A Glossop archer is celebrating after being selected by her country to compete at the World Archery Para Championships - and will be hoping to move one step closer to Rio’s Paralympics next year.

Hazel Christy, aged 42, will take part at the tournament for Great Britain as she continues to target a place at the 2016 Paralympics.

Her achievement is made all the more impressive after she was able to return to competition following an horrific accident.

Hazel suffered a devastating motorbike accident 11 years ago, in 2004, in which she lost a leg.

After spotting a Facebook post from Archery GB looking for an ambitious female disabled recurve archer to join its training team, Hazel decided to take up archery professionally.

Fast foward just nine weeks after joining the Archery GB Paralympic training scheme, and Hazel, who is a member of Goldcrest Archers Club in Tameside, had won a recurve mixed team bronze medal at the European Para-Archery Championships last year.

The World Archery Para Championships take place this month in Donaueschingen, Germany.

It is the largest Para event in the World Archery calendar and a key tournament for winning quota places in the run-up to the Rio Paralympics.

Hazel is one of 18 archers to compete at the tournament.

Michael Peart, Paralympic Coach at Archery GB, said: “The team has been working extremely hard in the build-up to this year’s World Archery Para Championships and are looking forward to competing on the world stage, whether that’s for the first time or as a familiar environment.

“This event is key on the Road to Rio, not only in achieving quota places, but also in giving the archers experience in a high-pressured shooting situation.

“We hope to build on the success of the tournament in 2013 and lay the foundations for the Paralympics in Rio next year.”