Team Sunrise
Mel Clarke

Mel Clarke

Archery

Their Journey

"Dream, believe, work, achieve!"

Mel Clarke

Born able-bodied, the competitive spark started at an early age for Mel Clarke, who had deep-rooted passion for sport and dance at school. Unfortunately, surgery at the age of 11 for osteomyelitis on her hip derailed her aspirations, as she found herself requiring crutches and a wheelchair for her mobility. "There weren't many sporting opportunities for a disabled person 20 years ago" reflected Mel, but at the age of 15, Mel would find her calling as she joined a 'Have a go' archery session at the local Girl Guide group. "I wasn't very good, but I enjoyed it so I carried on. I never dreamed that it would take me where it has!"

Mel's dedication would pay off in 2002 when she represented Great Britain for the first time at the Disabled European Archery Championships in Poland, where she won her first gold medal and set 6 world records in her field!

Fast forward to 2003 and Mel became the first disabled athlete in Europe to represent Great Britain on an able-bodied team! However, it was whilst she was competing at the World Championships in New York that Mel would encounter her biggest challenge, as was taken ill with Lyme Disease. "My parents were told that I may not survive and I was left with multiple disabilities, including now being a full-time wheelchair user with T10 incomplete Paraplegia". Told by doctors that she would never shoot an arrow again, Mel defied the odds and within two years she had won the Paralympic World Championships. Since then, the awards have just kept coming! Multiple medals at the World and European Championships, her first Paralympic Games Bronze medal at Beijing 2008 and in her home country in 2012, Mel went one better, winning a Silver medal in front of her hometown supporters in London, England. 

Currently training for the Paralympic Games in Rio, Mel is eager to achieve her next goal of completing her Paralympic Games medal set - "I'm looking forward to competing in Rio, and winning a gold medal – this would complete my Paralympic medal set and would be an amazing thing to do!"

"Archery has given me some incredible opportunities. I've met some amazing, inspiring people and I've travelled the world and competed in many countries. To represent your country at a major championship and be successful is an incredible feeling and a real honour. I've been asked 'do you wish you weren’t disabled after New York?' - and yes, of course I do, but if being in a wheelchair wouldn’t have happened I wouldn’t have been able to do all of the incredible things I have been able (and still can) do! So no, I wouldn’t change a thing!"

Mel Clarke, Archery
QUICKIE Helium Active Wheelchair
Mel Clarke

Mel Clarke Uses...

QUICKIE Helium Active Wheelchair

"My QUICKIE Helium is lightweight, looks good and it's so easy to transfer in and out of my car independently. Plus, it's really comfortable and rides well."
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When training or competing, Mel Clarke uses the QUICKIE Shark-RS Hand Bike

"I compete using my QUICKIE Helium, but I tend to use a QUICKIE Shark RS for training. It's great for fitness and I always feel good using it. Plus it looks awesome!"
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Mel Clarke
Mel Clarke

Road to Glory

2015

World Championships (Germany)

Singles - 4th Place
Mixed Team - 2nd Place

2014

European Championships (Switzerland)

Singles - 2nd Place
Mixed Team - 3rd Place

Thailand World Ranking Event

4x Gold Medals

2013

World Championships (Thailand)

3rd Place

2012

Paralympic Games (London)

Silver Medal

2011

European Grand Prix (UK)

2nd Place

2010

British National Championships

1st Place

European Championships (France)

Team - 2nd Place

2009

European Grand Prix (UK)

3rd Place

World Championships (Czech)

Singles - 2nd Place
Team - 1st Place

2008

European Grand Prix (UK)

3rd Place

Paralympic Games (Beijing)

Bronze Medal

2007

World Championships (Korea)

Singles - 5th Place
Team - 1st Place

2006

European Championships (Czech)

3rd Place

2005

European Grand Prix (UK)

1st Place

World Championships (Italy)

1st Place