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CASE STUDY: Gerald Simonds supports Paralympic Games hopeful

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Equipment distributor Gerald Simonds has put its weight behind a retired Army Captain who is aiming to quality for the Team GB archery team for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

It was while watching the Invictus Games in 2016 that Captain Ken Hargreaves was inspired to join his local archery club. In 2017 he was selected as a member of the UK contingent for the Toronto Invictus Games where he finished fourth in both archery events.

Captain Hargreaves has used various wheelchairs and other equipment to assist with his independence and several years ago contacted Gerald Simonds to see what mobility solutions they had which could assist him further.

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“I have always refused to let my condition hold me back and when I spoke to Andrew Drummond at Gerald Simonds and explained my situation, he suggested several items which he thought would help me,” explained Captain Hargreaves. 

Following numerous conversations and assessments both at home and at the company’s headquarters in Aylesbury, Andrew recommended the TiLite TR manual wheelchair. 

The TiLite TR features a lightweight dual titanium frame design which provides increased frame rigidity for sport use and ease of transfer. 

To complement the TiLite TR, Andrew suggested Captain Hargreaves used a FreeWheel attachment for when competing as this has been designed to help wheelchair users negotiate more uneven terrain – something he often encounters during competitions. 

For increased peace of mind and independence, Captain Hargreaves has had a SmartDrive fitted to his TiLite TR.

Captain Hargreaves said: “I have had many wheelchairs over the years but nothing compares to the TiLite TR as it is great for outdoor use so perfect for when taking part in archery competitions and the extra stability which is provided by the FreeWheel ensures I can get across terrain which would not be possible for many wheelchairs users.

“As anyone using a wheelchair will tell you, having as much independence as possible is vital, and thanks to the SmartDrive I now have more freedom than ever before as I can go off into town on my own and not have to worry about how far I am travelling as it has a range of up to 14 miles.”

Following his success at the Invictus Games, Captain Hargreaves and his coach are now aiming for medal glory at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 

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