Sutton archer takes second in national comp

Pictured is Andrew MacMillan [Master of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers], Stuart Rogers and Richard Smith, both from LADDAC. EMN-150420-181137001
Pictured is Andrew MacMillan [Master of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers], Stuart Rogers and Richard Smith, both from LADDAC. EMN-150420-181137001

A blind archery enthusiast from Sutton on Sea has shot to silver in the Fetchers National Vision Impaired Archery Championships.

For Stuart Rogers this was his first attempt at taking part in a major competition which took place on April 11 in Lilleshall, Shropshire.

Stuart is a member of the Louth And District Disabled Archery Club (LADDAC) which meets in Saltfleetby, and he only began his archery late last year and is already showing some natural raw talent.

His spotter and coach Richard Smith, from Saltfleetby, is chairman of LADDAC and is extremely proud of Stuart’s recent achievement.

He said: “Stuart is completely blind and was an absolute beginner when he came along to join the club back in September 2014. He was keen to shoot and I have been helping him to achieve the goals he wants to reach. Myself and Stuart seemed to hit it off, literally right from the start and we learn from each other.

“I have been a shooter for over 20 years and I didn’t begin coaching until late last year myself and Stuart and is the first visually impaired person that I have coached.