Archer Pippa Britton has announced her retirement from competitive archery following an extended period of injury.
The Paralympian was part of the Para Archery team for GB for 14 years and in that time achieved great success with six podium finishes from six World Championships winning twenty four medals from twenty four Internationals. The Team GB archer has competed in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, attained several World Records and competed for a number of years for the able-bodied Wales team.
Pippa said “I am incredibly proud to have achieved so much, especially having had two lots of major spinal surgery in the same period.
I wanted to be able to say thank you to all those many people who have helped me along the way. Firstly I have to thank my team mates who won my team medals with me, but must also must thank the rest of my team who cheered me to all the individual medals too. Coaches have played a huge part in my success - especially Tim Hazell, who was both my personal coach as well as head coach on the British team. I owe a huge amount to all those volunteer coaches who coached me from grass roots up and gave up their valuable time to help me achieve my dreams. Volunteers are the life blood of so many sports and I wish I had space to thank every one of them by name
More unsung heroes are those people who held me together physically and mentally. Psychologists like Katherine Bond and Rebecca Symes helped me through the very tough times and the all too frequent times when I couldn’t shoot because of injury or surgery. It is down to the medical teams at Archery GB and at Sport Wales that I was able to compete at all. In Archery GB special thanks should go to Clare Doyle, but in Sport Wales, my S&C coaches, my physiotherapists Sian Knott and Dan Grimstead and sports masseur Dave Rowe all have worked tirelessly to not only get me ready to shoot, but also to travel and train in the best way for me. I have been very fortunate to have a great team behind me and would like to thank every one of them from the bottom of my heart. Sport Wales and Disability Sport wales have been behind me every step of the way and without all these people I would never have been able to do what I have done.”
Michael Peart, Archery GB's Paralympic Coach, said: "Pippa has worked extremely hard over her long international career and has been an inspiration to many up and coming athletes. Her dedication to Para archery, domestic and international, is second to none and I'm sure she will continue to influence and guide the sport for many years to come"
Jon Morgan, Executive director, Disability Sport Wales said “Pippa has always been a hardworking, focused and very committed athlete who has continually achieved on the world stage with great distinction and success.
Pippa has also been an outstanding ambassador for Wales and Great Britain having served her sport as an Athlete Representative on the World Archery Federation. The nation can feel extremely proud of Pippa's achievements and we wish her well on her retirement.”
Even though Pippa is unable to continue shooting she will continue to work with World Archery in a coaching role with athletes but also coach coaches especially in the field of disability and awareness.
Britton said “I know what it’s like to be an athlete and will also offer any personal support that I can to other athletes to help them on their journey to the podium. I am passionate about supporting and promoting sport for all and hope that my sporting journey will inspire others in some way. It is now time for me to give something back to sport and those people who have given so much to me.”