Athletes

Mel Clarke

A bronze medallist from Beijing, Mel competed at her second Paralympic Games at London 2012.

  • Events:
    Archery
  • Home Town:
    Norwich
  • Lives:
    Worcester
  • Trains:
    Severn Archer
  • Date Of Birth:
    02/09/1982
  • Games Attended:
    London 12, Beijing 08

Mel first tried Archery at a ‘have a go’ session with the Girl Guides in 1998. She made her international debut in 2002 at the European Championships but had been competing nationally for a few years prior to this.

One of Mel’s career highlights was winning the 2005 World Championships in Massa Carrera, Italy, less than two years after she was told that she would never be able to shoot again following her illness. At this competition, she won gold in the Team Compound (Open).

At the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, Mel went on to make her Paralympic debut as the Archery team led ParalympicsGB into the Birds Nest stadium at the Opening Ceremony. At the Games, she won a bronze medal in the women’s Individual Compound (Open).

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Mel faced ParalympicsGB team-mate and defending Paralympic Champion Danielle Brown in the final of the women's Individual Compound (Open). It was a tightly fought competition as the pair drew the first two sets, with Danielle taking the third set and Mel taking the fourth. With everything to play for in the final set, it came down to the last arrow, with Mel taking the silver medal. She dedicated her achievement to her coach, Greig Middleton.

"A silver is unreal, it's fantastic for me."Mel Clarke
Mel is also a fan of Wheelchair Rugby and describes her sporting inspiration as Mark Zupan, who has played Wheelchair Rugby for the USA. She had the opportunity to watch the sport at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. She also likes to handcycle in her free time.

Mel’s club is the Severn Archers.

Mel was also awarded a BTEC in Child Care from City College, Norwich in 2000.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • Women's Individual Compound (Open): silver
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
  • Women’s Individual Compound (Open): bronze
  • 2012 Arizona Cup, Phoenix, USA
  • Women’s Team Compound (Open): silver
  • 2010 European Para-Archery Championships, Vichy, France
  • Women’s Individual Compound (Open): 7th
    Women’s Team Compound (Open): silver
  • 2010 World Invitational Disabled Archery Competition, Stoke Mandeville, UK
  • Women’s Individual Compound (Open): 9th
  • 2010 AAE Arizona Cup, Phoenix, USA
  • Women’s Individual Compound (Open): silver
  • 2009 World Championships, Nymburk, Czech Republic
  • Women’s Individual Compound (Open): silver
    Women’s Team Compound (Open): gold
  • 2009 IPC European Grand Prix, Stoke Mandeville, UK
  • Women’s Individual Compound (Open): bronze

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