Team GB Archer Danielle Brown first approached the Sports Technology Institute in 2008 for assistance in the design and production of a specialist frame which would enhance her performance. Danielle suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy in her lower legs and was previously using a desperately inadequate piece of old bicycle frame as a prop when competing.
The Institute’s team of technical experts were able to create a design finely tuned to Dani’s requirements, with custom features to assist initial set up and a change of concept to ensure positional consistency of the archer. Our modifications ensured there was consistent positioning of the lower limbs and that the total load was spread over a greater area, making maximum use of the permitted space. The redesign eliminated the sinking of the frame on soft ground and the wider base made it much more stable on indoor shoots.
As a consequence, Dani’s performance immediately improved. Within the first week of use and in poor weather conditions, she had beaten her previous personal best score. The following week in good weather, she achieved an official world record and again beat this in the Beijing Paralympics where she won a gold medal. Using this frame, Danielle is making history as the first Paralympian to compete for England in the Commonwealth Games.
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Working with other paralympians
Our team have also worked on similar projects with paralympic shot putters Danny West and Gemma Prescott, and thrower Kieron Murphy. Based on feedback from these athletes and their coaches and physiotherapists, the team are continually refining and improving the design of the bespoke frames they have produced for them in order to accommodate their individual requirements as they change or develop their technique.
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Steve Carr, Senior Technician
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