Chairman - Carl Harding
Carl Harding had his professional life rooted in the British armed forces. After being injured on duty he was medically discharged in 2000 and is confined to a wheelchair as a paraplegic.
In 2011 he took up recurve archery after his son suggested it was something he could do as father and son. His son moved on to other things whilst Carl changed to a compound bow in 2014. This coincided with the first Invictus Games held in London. He was able to get some coaching and went on to be part of the Gold medal winning compound archery team. This lead on to getting a place on the Archery GB Performance Paracademy.
He was selected for the 2016 Invictus Games team but gave up his place in order to concentrate on training for the Rio Paralympics. Due to injury he didn’t make the team for Rio. In 2017 Carl shot for GB in Dubai and then in Sardinia. He was selected for the British Armed Forces Team to compete in the Warrior Games where he won an individual bronze medal.
He now aspires to compete in the 2018 Invictus Games to be held in Sydney, Australia. Carl assumed the role as Club Chairman in 2017 and hopes to lay some plans for the future development and improvement of the club.
Secretary & Public Relations Officer - Chrissie Mortlock
Treasurer - Ron Hodges
Ron started archery in 1990, but after a season he switched to shooting compound. His bow caused a few comments; PSE called the colour Aurora Red, everybody else called it pink.
Although shooting mainly for pleasure rather than in competitions, Ron was encouraged to enter both regional and national disability championships where he won gold medals.
A change of job in 2000 to managing a learning disabilities team, at one time covering most of south-east Hampshire, led to a Ron stopping shooting for a few years.
Early retirement and a move to Lincolnshire in 2013, where most of his wife’s family now live, was a chance to rekindle his interest in archery. The 2013 Big Weekend prompted a visit to Greetham Valley and Ron joined the Bowmen of Rutland.
Ron’s main ambitions are to return to the form that he enjoyed in the late 1990s and to keep the club’s accounts in order.
Records Officer & Social Media Officer - Steve Sharp
Equipment Officer - Bob Clark
Bob took up archery in 2007 thanks to a Women's Institute have-a-go session (husbands could come along). He had a great day out and signed up for a course soon after.
Bob has been on the club committee since 2009. Bob shoots recurve indoor and outdoor. He also shoots barebow at clout shoots, having shot for L&RCAA for several years now and thinks that we need a clout field of our own.
Bob had a season shooting longbow but gave that up. He says that green tights didn't suit him!
Child Protection Officer - Kate Goodwin
Kate and her family arrived back in the UK in 2000 after spending 20 years in South Africa. They settled in Oakham after her husband Dave took a job in Werrington.
While in South Africa Kate qualified as an aerobics instructor and taught aerobics for various communities they lived in. On return to the UK, their children Matthew and Daniel attended Catmose College where Kate was involved with the PTA as Treasurer, Secretary and finally Chair. Both children were involved in Melton Mowbray Swimming Club and Kate was persuaded to qualify as a Swimming Teacher, she then worked for Catmose College as an Assistant Swimming Teacher, also teaching swimming at Oakham C of E Primary School. She was employed by the school in 2002 as a Learning Support Assistant and continued in that role till July 2017 when she took voluntary redundancy to look after her Mother. She continues to teach swimming at School two afternoons a week.
Kate was persuaded by Dave to do an Archery Beginners Course after he joined the club. She and Matthew completed their course together and went on to shoot recurve, participating in most club shoots and some county shoots. Over the last few years Kate has assisted the club with catering for various functions and took on the role of Child Protection Officer on the committee.
Junior Representative & Minutes Secretary - Debbie Hill
Debbie Hill works full time as an accountant and juggles her spare time between her three children, three horses, two dogs, four cats, numerous chickens and archery.
In October 2014, she completed the beginners’ course with her son and went on to become Junior and Disabled representative at the January 2015 AGM. They spent a year shooting together and attended various competitions, but her son decided to move on to pastures new.
Debbie took a year away from the sport during 2016 due to a tendon injury in her right arm, but added Minutes Secretary to her club responsibilities at the January 2017 AGM and had a successful year shooting in 2017 winning three clout competitions and becoming the ladies EMAS bare bow clout champion.
County Representative - Peter Fox