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Olympic Archer Mel Clarke

  • Sport: Archery
  • Lives: Taverham, Norfolk
  • Born: Norwich, Norfolk
  • Country of Birth: England
  • Previous Schools: Nightingale First, St Edmunds Middle, Taverham High School
  • Highest Accolade: Silver and bronze at Beijing Paralympics 2008. 10 national able-bodied records and 6 Paralympic world records
  • Club: Taverham Archers, Norfolk
  • Occupation: Full time athlete


Mel's journey and pathway to her success as one of Britain's top athletes is most inspirational and teaches future athletes and students never to give up. Mel holds 10 national able-bodied records and 6 International Paralympic World records. She won Silver and Bronze medals at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008. Mel was also World Champion in 2005 and was the first disabled athlete in Europe to represent GB on international trips as an able-bodied athlete. Mel was one of the best Archers in her discipline, representing Britain at numerous World Championships, when in 2003 she contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite. As a result she was paralysed from the waist down and left blind in one eye. Mel was told she would never shoot another arrow again. It is testament to her character that she did not give up and trained even harder and is now one of Britain's top Paralympiads. Mel is available upon request, with prior notice re. training away and trips etc. She has previously done lots of school work and has spent 9 years as a teaching assistant within Norfolk schools.

Mel is available for:

  • Motivational talks
  • Career and History talks
  • Elite Athlete Workshops
  • Demonstrations
  • Assemblies (Whole school)
  • Sports Specific Coaching
  • Healthy Living Awareness
  • Competition Presentations
  • Sports Days

If you would like to book Mel for an event, please contact Paul Evans on paul.evans@activenorfolk.org or 01603 732330