2016 has been another year full of great sporting stories. One of our favourites is the story of Nathan Macqueen.

Many of the most inspiring sporting stories are about overcoming adversity. In 2009, Nathan Macqueen, from Dumfries, was a brilliant sportsman – a promising 17-year-old rugby player who had represented Scotland at U21 level and was also a bit of a dab hand at archery.

That summer, Nathan suffered a shocking and near-fatal motorbike crash when his bike skidded into a car, breaking 29 bones – including three of his vertebrae, both legs, all of his ribs, all on top of internal bleeding and two punctured lungs. Doctors feared he may not survive at all, but survive he did – though he was paralysed for life.

Conquering rehabilitation

It is difficult to wrap one’s head around how anybody deals with such a life-changing personal disaster, but not only did Nathan learn how to cope with and defeat the mental demons that come with such a monumentally daunting rehabilitation, he somehow worked his way back to sporting excellence.

As he painstakingly regained fitness, Nathan played wheelchair basketball at his local club and, remarkably, went on to win three caps for Scotland. Not content with stopping there, he took up disabled powerlifting and aimed to compete in the Commonwealth Games. That dream was thwarted by a shoulder injury but, with typical indefatigability, Nathan reset his goals and, after some encouragement from his old archery coach, he simply moved on to the next target.

Back to Archery

Nathan started competing in archery internationally at the start of 2016 when he secured a silver medal at the Fazza International Para Championship in Dubai, before he trumped that with a brilliant silver medal at the European Para Championship in France. This secured his place in the Team GB Paralympic squad for Rio 2016 – a remarkable tale of sporting brilliance, defiance and inspiration, and a story that is far from over yet.

Nathan finished a very respectable 9th in Rio, and at the time of writing is ranked 12th in the world. He now has his sights set firmly on representing Team GB at Tokyo 2020, and in the meantime will hope to build on and to continue the success of 2016 on the para archery circuit, representing Archery GB – for whom KUDOS proudly supplies the kit – with distinction.

Nathan’s story shows us to never back down when the going gets tough. The accident changed Nathan’s life, but his sheer mental fortitude and determination to succeed means he hasn’t allowed it to ruin it. “I never look back, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I guess I’m just not the kind of person who sits down and feels sorry for themselves”.


KUDOS is proud to support and encourage people from all backgrounds to get into archery?at any level, and to support your local grassroots archery club.


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