One of our archers, Jay Koi, has a significant but not total visual impairment that significantly affects his life, and of course, makes archery more challenging. When he shoots, he uses special equipment that helps him align his body to the target, and then has to shoot without the benefit of visual cues that we all take for granted. He also needs an assistant (called a “visual assistant”) on hand to help him set it up, score, and make sure he gets to and from the target safely. This person could be another archer, or a parent or spouse who will be at the tournament. In previous tournaments a fellow archer who was shooting was his visual assistant.
Jay would like to participate in the following archery tournaments this year, but does not have a spotter lined up. If you have any connections to people who live in, or will be in these archery tournament locations on these dates, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org with “visual assistant” in the subject line.
For more on visually impaired archers, see a short news piece about the most well known California visually impaired archer: http://kmph-kfre.com/news/local/blind-archer-hitting-the-mark
Upcoming tournaments Jay would like to attend if he has a spotter:
- Cotton Boll Classic (May 21-22) in Tulare, CA
- California State Outdoor Championships (June 11-12) in Long Beach, CA
- 21st Annual Grape Stakes Tournament (Aug 27-28) in Sacramento, CA
- PAC Coast (Sept 24-25) in Sacramento, CA
Note that Jay is also a professional chef. Here’s a few of his creations.