Goldcrest Archer , Hazel Chaisty is going to Rio.

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Goldcrest Archer, Hazel Chaisty is going to Rio!


Hazel is a memberof GOLDCREST Archers, and is currently a member of Archery GB, paralympic squad.

She is going to Rio, along with the other Parolympic athletes, to take part in the PIP program.

The British Paralympic Association (BPA)  launched its 2016 Paralympic Inspiration Programme (PiP) for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with 28 athletes and coaches across thirteen Paralympic sports.

The Programme, which was first launched in London 2012, provides athletes and coaching staff with an experience of several days at a Paralympic Games. It aims to provide developing athletes knowledge that will prepare them for a future Games experience as a selected athlete, as well as inspire and excite potential future Paralympians in their ambitions.

The group will travel to Brazil  where the Programme aims to provide an understanding of the scale and scope of the Games;

Give an experience of a multi-sport environment; and give exposure to some of the unique aspects of a Games, including the Village, the media spotlight and mixed zone, and transport systems.

Additionally, there will be a rigorous curriculum that the participants will undertake, with lessons about nutrition, media, anti-doping, competition planning and goal setting, as well as being expected to keep up with their current training programmes.

Athletes were nominated by their National Governing Body based on a number of criteria, including but not limited to being on a development pathway, with an anticipated performance trajectory for the 2018 or 2020 Paralympic Games.

The Programme will also include a cohort of military athletes which have been supported by Help for Heroes as part of their partnership with the British Paralympic Association which is based on a shared belief in the power of rehabilitation through sports and a commitment to introduce military personnel and veterans to opportunities in Paralympic sport.

Kate Eddy, Athlete Services Manager at BPA, said: “It is really exciting to be able to launch the Paralympic Inspiration Programme once again. We know that the programme has been really successful in the past and so I look forward to following this Rio cohort on their journeys towards Tokyo. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the organisations who have supported the programme, as without them it would not be possible to run the programmes and to provide these athletes with an experience that will have a tangible impact on their preparations and development over the next Games cycle.”

In 2016, a total of 21 athletes will attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Inspiration Programme. Of these, 14 will comprise the non-military cohort and will be funded by the Cadbury Foundation, Boshier-Hinton Foundation and Help for Heroes will support seven military athletes.

Athletes nominated by their National Governing Body onto the Paralympic Inspiration Programme:-

Hazel Chaisty - Archery

Birthplace: Stockport, Cheshire

Home town: Glossop, Derbyshire

Phoebe Pine - Archery

Steve Gill - Archery

Nikki Paterson - Canoe

Jonny Young - Canoe

Steve Arnold - Cycling

Emma Douglas - Equestrian

Natasha Adkinson - Equestrian

Brandon Coleman - Football

Steven Crowley - Triathlon

Lizzie Tench - Triathlon

Luz Esperanza Merry - Wheelchair Tennis

Dermot Bailey - Wheelchair Tennis

Vinod Budhathoki - Shooting

Natalie Greenough - Judo

Oliver Mangion - Wheelchair Rugby

Stuart Robinson - Wheelchair Rugby

Billy Shilton - Table Tennis

Cpl Luke Reeson (serving) - Swimming

Menna Fitzpatrick - Skiing


Hazel said  " I'm so excited and very privileged that I've been selected to go to Rio during the Paralympic Games as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Program.
This program is run for people who are expected to compete at the next games and is to fill them with knowledge about how everything works, how overwhelming the atmosphere can be and of course, how exciting it is. This inspires the future Paralympions ( us!).
I just can't wait to soak it all up, get myself in the right mindset and have a better understanding of what I'm working towards.
Thank you so much to those that have and continue to support me: Archery GB, The National Lottery, Foresters Friendly Society, The Worshipful Company of Fletchers, Bravissimo, XsWings, Opticron, Össur, and of course my incredible family and friends."

Needless to say that we at Goldcrest Archers are incredibly proud of Hazel and wish her every sucsess.