Proving it is a truly accessible sport for all ages and abilities, Braden Mason has recently taken up archery here at Dartington Barn. Braden Mason is a (nearly) 16 year old young man who is confined to a wheelchair.
Braden made media headlines recently when his ‘Drift Dream’ came true: “Eight years ago doctors gave him three months to live, but this week Braden Mason was continuing to defy the odds by learning to drive a drift car.” (You can read more about Braden’s drift dream in the Marlborough Express article here: www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/8853003/Rare-cancer-can-t-keep-Braden-out-of-drivers-seat )
And just as his cancer didn’t stop him giving drift driving a go, nor did it stop him turning his hand to archery. Despite Braden’s inoperable condition affecting his brain and spine to the point where he is no longer able to walk, he proved an able archer. Hamish said “Braden shoots really well and his enjoyment is a pleasure to see”.
Braden’s mother Heather says “Hamish is an awesome teacher and Braden is really enjoying it. It’s great exercise for him as well.”
Braden’s archery exploits also featured in the Marlborough Express yesterday www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/10290377/Cancer-sufferer-loves-challenge Braden explains “I’ve always wanted to try [archery] ever since I watched Robin Hood…It’s harder than it looks, but I really enjoy it.”
Good luck Braden – we’re sure you’ll hit whatever target you aim for next!