A new challenge has always been par for the course for Acee Green, who, at age 20, in the span of four months, has quickly become one of the top four archers in Jamaica and the country’s first para archer.
Green was born with two spinal conditions called spina bifida and scoliosis, a combination that prevents him from walking.
In an interview with Our Today, Green shared some of his life experiences and thoughts on archery.
“From the first day, I just felt, that itch, that pull, and I’ve been back every week since,” he said.
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Green grew up in Ewarton, St Catherine. In high school much of his interest was in music: he learned to play the keyboard and write his own music. He credits music as something that allows him to remain focused while practising his archery.
Green was introduced to archery from a friend of his sister, as something he could do for fun. He said ever since then he has been addicted and remains passionate about the sport.
Green called archery a sport that allows him to showcase alot of his natural talents, keen eyesight, hand-eye coordination, and ability to focus well under pressure. Part of what he loves about it is that it is something that he can excel in despite his physical limitations.
He mentioned that he has always had a competitive nature and that his family and friends always treated him like he was like everyone else.
“I’ve always had the drive or the need to push myself to keep up with everyone, whether in training or everyday life.”
Green said he wants to be an inspiration for Jamaica and those who are disabled.
“I want people to know that even if they have a disability, just try; it can be anything, find your drive, that desire.”
He mentioned that his goal is to keep up his archery training and push himself to the highest possible level for Jamaica. His first international competition will be among the Jamaican athletes seeking to attend the Caribbean Development Championships, on September 6-8, in the Dominican Republic.
There are currently 11 other prospective Jamaican athletes eligible for the competition and Archery Jamaica is seeking sponsorship from the public.
You can support the organisation at Fundraiser by Norman Chen : ARCHERY JAMAICA (gofundme.com)
and follow on Instagram @archeryjamaica.
Green trains regularly at the Jamaica Rifle Association on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston, home of Archery Jamaica.
Read more at https://our.today/jamaican-para-archer-prodigy-aiming-for-international-success/