Peter Marchant went 51 years before picking up a bow and arrow.

For 25 years, Para-archery, or Paralympic sport for that matter, was simply not an option. But that all changed after a motorcycle accident in 1986. Peter was riding to work when the truck travelling in front of him turned unexpectedly and he was thrown from his bike, injuring his spinal cord.

And 26 years later, Peter started competing in Para-archery. He made his international debut at the 2017 World Archery Para Championships in Beijing, China, and won a silver medal at the 2018 Para-archery European Circuit in Olbia, Italy, where the Australian Para-archery team achieved its best medal result to date at a major event. In 2019, Peter joined forces with Paralympic bronze medallist Jonathon Milne and newcomer Craig McMurdo to reach the World Championships quarter-finals in the men’s team compound Open.

Peter’s next target is the Tokyo …

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Date of birth
11 June 1961
Past Paralympic Games


Physical Impairment – Spinal cord injury
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Wallarah, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a silver medal in the men’s team compound Open at the 2018 Para-archery European Circuit in Olbia, Italy

Greatest sporting moments

Achieving two points off the men’s team compound Open world record

Heroes/role models

His dad

Favourite quote
The journey is the destination


  • Sport: Para-archery Discipline: Individual compound Classification: W2

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