Hamilton Hill: Bowmen of Melville archer named in Australia Para Archery Team

Craig McMurdo is aiming for the World Archery Para Championships. Picture: Carrie-Anne Lachance
Craig McMurdo is aiming for the World Archery Para Championships. Picture: Carrie-Anne Lachance

HAMILTON Hill archer Craig McMurdo has been named in the Australian Para Archery Team.

The Bowman of Melville member recently won two bronze medals at the 2019 Para Archery Championships in Brisbane.

After only three years in the sport and his first para national event, McMurdo will represent Australia at the Fazza World Ranking Championships in Dubai in April.

If that goes well, he will also compete at the 2019 World Archery Para Championships in the Netherlands in June, with both competitions acting as selection events for Tokyo 2020.

Four years after a motorcycle accident put him in a wheelchair, McMurdo credits archery with changing his life.

“After the accident, absolutely everything had to adapt. You really question what you’re still capable of doing,” he said.

“But archery really has changed my life. I’ve got a sporting career back.

“My dream to compete at a national and world level is becoming a reality and I’m showing my sons that anything is possible, despite what life throws at you sometimes.”

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have the support of my local archery club, the Bowmen of Melville, Archery WA’s State Development Squad, and long-distance coaching from national Paralympic archery head coach Ricci Cheah.

“I’ve also had a heartening amount of community support via a Go Fund Me page as travel and accommodation costs pile up.”

Visit https://www.gofundme.com/6xt8hjc?fbclid=IwAR38iyecxqfYolX7hWwiPA-qCeMmyJvrSvpnZJAxSKbGKFebPZkN4916VaE to help McMurdo out.